On January 24, VR financing and distribution venture, CityLights acquired the new virtual reality series “Spheres” with a seven-figure deal announced at the Sundance Film Festival.
It is considered to be the “first ever” agreement for a virtual reality film brokered at the festival. The deal was secured by the funding platform for VR art and entertainment, Kaleidoscope.
“We’re incredibly excited to work with Eliza and the entire team on “Spheres” The ambition and generative nature of the vision for “Spheres” perfectly fits with our mission to bring content to broader audiences and showcase the types of experiences only VR can deliver,” said CityLights co-founder Joel Newton.
“Spheres,” executive produced by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel of Protozoa Pictures and produced by Jess Engel, Arnaud Colinart, and Dylan Golden, takes its users on an exploration through the cosmos to discover the assortment sounds of the universe, which was previously understood to be silent.
The music by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of the electronic band, Survive, whose music has also has appeared in “Stranger Things,” create the soundtrack of space along with sound design by Craig Henighan.
“”Spheres” explores the songs of the cosmos. Most people think Space is silent – it’s not,” said “Spheres” director Eliza McNitt “We’re excited for CityLights to help bring this experience to the world as we pioneer a new path to create and distribute immersive stories.”
“Song of Spacetime,” the first episode of the series, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the New Frontier section, this weekend. In this episode users are transported into the heart of black to observe the new discovery of gravitational waves as it is narrated by “Interstellar” actress, Jessica Chastain.
The entire three-part series will debut on Oculus Rift later in 2018.