WeMakeVR, a virtual reality (VR) production company based in Amsterdam has launched its latest project, a 10-minute immersive film that mixes CGI with live-action filmmaking called Ashes to Ashes.
Shot entirely in one take, Ashes to Ashes began as an internal experiment before being further developed at the VR Days Europe in 2015. The film tells the story of a dysfunctional family dealing with the death of their paterfamilias and his unusual dying wish to have his ashes blown up.
Viewers watch the proceedings from the perspective of the grandpa’s urn, showing the tensions within the family which become increasingly apparent as the story unfolds. Ashes to Ashes is a surreal on the layers of reality, as the film progresses the set changes in real-time exposing the crew and actors.
Ashes to Ashes can be viewed on Jaunt, the WeMakeVR app (for Android and iOS) or the AvroTros VR app. The Jaunt app is free to download for iOS, Android, Samsung Gear VR, PlayStation VR, Google Daydream, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and major desktop browsers.