'Gumball Dreams' to have its International Premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival
Internationally premiering at the 79th Venice International Film
Festival, brought to you by the award-winning virtual reality
production company Ferryman Collective and Screaming Color, their
fourth VR production, Gumball Dreams is an Official Selection of
the oldest festival in the world after having won the SXSW Audience
Award XR Experience Competition.
Organised by La Biennale di Venezia and directed by Alberto
Barbera, the 79th Venice International Film Festival
(www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/2022) will take place at the Venice
Lido from 31 August to 10 September 2022.
"In Gumball Dreams, our character Onyx has been blessed with the
opportunity to explore worlds, and to experience the very best that
those worlds have to offer. The delicious metapoetry is not lost on
me that this work appears to be bringing me and my team similar
opportunities," states Christopher Lane Davis, aka Screaming Color,
"I'm beyond thrilled that we will have almost two weeks to romp
around one of the most beautiful cities in the world, meeting some
of the most genius creators alive, and getting to experience their
art. And I'm endlessly grateful to the founders and curators of the
festival for bringing us together in this way."
Gumball Dreams is a live, hour-long immersive experience in virtual
reality that takes three audience members on a fantastical journey
through a surreal landscape in space, dominated by a whimsical
Gumball Machine, where Onyx, the main character sits on their
throne waiting. A powerful and intimate experience that allows us
to discover a mythic world beyond the reaches of our reality.
You have been called by an alien creature named Onyx to a mythical
planet on which they are living out their final days. You, and two
others, are asked to help them transition from this reality to the
next. Each interaction with this majestic creature is illuminating
and fascinating as you are asked to delve into your past and share
stories with your fellow travelers in moments out of time.
But before Onyx can lay infinite wisdom at your feet, the weight of
your spirit must be assessed. If found ready, you shall embark upon
the journey of a lifetime, skipping among the stars, floating above
the spheres, and remembering who you truly are.
HOW IT WORKS
Gumball Dreams is performed live with one actor playing multiple
roles. Through the magic of VR technology, participants feel fully
immersed in our 3D world.
"There are things that can be done in VR that can only be seen in
the movies, however, with VR, we allow the audience to be immersed
inside these 3D worlds, in a way that 2D mediums cannot achieve,"
says Stephen Butchko. "There is a sense of awe about the scope and
scale of things that can be accomplished in VR."
"This show was inspired by Club Gumball and Gumball Lounge, the
existing worlds of Christopher Lane Davis, aka Screaming Color,"
explains Deirdre V. Lyons. "With such beauty and grandeur, I felt
this was the perfect environment to bring a new kind of story
alive, almost as if it had been waiting for Onyx to step into the
world and take a breath."
Coming off the award-winning success of the festival darling The
Severance Theory: Welcome to Respite, Ferryman Collective continues
to trail-blaze in this new storytelling medium. Ferryman Collective
is also known for PARA and Krampusnacht, a finalist for the PGA
"VR allows us to combine the centuries old traditions of theater
and performance with exciting and boundary breaking technology to
bring people into an entirely new world," adds Whitton Frank.
Gumball Dreams is produced by Ferryman Collective and Screaming
Color and is directed by Deirdre V. Lyons, Artistic Director, World
& Animation Design by Christopher Lane Davis, a.k.a Screaming
Color with support from Ferryman Collective members: Brian Tull -
Producer, Braden Roy - Producer, Whitton Frank - Producer and Andy
Aloisio - VR Consultant and Prefabs.
Coding - SnugDad.
Avatar Designer and Creator - Braden Roy and Brian Tull.
Screaming Color - Original Music and Sound Design.
Story by Deirdre V. Lyons and Christopher Lane Davis, aka Screaming
Color. Inspired by the VRChat Worlds Club Gumball and Gumball
Lounge, created by @screamingcolor.
The production team includes Deirdre V. Lyons, Braden Roy, Whitton
Frank, Stephen Butchko, Brian Tull and Christopher Lane Davis,
a.k.a Screaming Color.
Cast members include Brendan Andolsek Bradley (Onboard XR: Below
Deck and Cruise, Resident Evil Village, The Haves and the Have
Nots), Stephen Butchko (PARA, Krampusnacht, Welcome to Respite),
Whitton Frank (The Under Presents, Tempest, PARA, Welcome to
Respite), Kelly B Jones (Strikeback, The Letting Go, The Marine 2),
Dasha Kittredge (The Under Presents, Tempest, Onboard XR), Deirdre
V. Lyons (The Under Presents, Tempest, Welcome to Respite),
Jonathan David Martin (Finding Pandora X, Loveseat, War Horse),
Melinda Dekay (The Willows, Ashes, Torment) and Ona Zimhart (Alien
MEDIA SHOWINGS AND INTERVIEWS
Interviews and private showings of Gumball Dreams may be
experienced by contacting the team directly with requests. (Meta
Quest 2 or PCVR required for private showings.)
Tags: #gumballdreams #immersivetheatre #VR #VRtheater #VRexperience
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For questions please contact: Ferryman Collective
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