The latest project from VR film specialists Oculus Story Studio. Talking with Ghosts, is a collection of four animated stories, each illustrated and brought to live in virtual reality, designed to bring you into an immersive comic book world.

Oculus Story Studio’s continue their exploration of illustrative VR film when their latest collaborative project debuts at this years Tribeca Film Festival on April 21st.

Talking with Ghosts is a collection of four illustrative VR films, each created by a different artist, each created within VR and each inspired by OSS’ collective love of comic books. Although each film adopt a different stylistic approach, each of them aim to take the viewer “inside the pages of a comic”. The breakdown of the four films is as follows:

  • Fairground by Sophia Foster-Dimino—Two childhood friends revisit an old fairground where their divergent interpretations of their past and future collide.
  • The Neighborhood by Roman Muradov—A ghost’s tale of his relationships with the house’s tenants from the beginning of time until the end of the universe.
  • The Reservoir by Ric Carrasquillo—A couple’s relationship drama unfolds as they play the most surreal game of mini golf you’ve ever seen.
  • Tattoo Warrior by Maria Yi—An epic story of war and love told entirely through a 3D tattoo ribbon.

Talking with Ghosts is the next step in Story Studio’s exploration of a medium they arguably created. OSS first created VR art package Quill, then they commissioned Dear Angelica, an illustrative made-in-VR film directed by former Pixar artist Saschka Unseld and painted artist Wesley Allsbrook – entirely using Quill, entirely within VR.

Dear Angelica and Quill not only led to an intriguing new form of filmmaking, it enabled Story Studio to realise a way to make creating immersive VR films much more intuitive and accessible. As the OSS team put it in a new blog post:

We believe the best way to make a VR experience is inside VR, unencumbered by the tools of the past, and we’re excited to share the latest results at Tribeca to help inspire other artists.

We’re still in the early stages of made-in-VR illustrative storytelling. We can’t wait to see what the VR filmmaking community does with Quill in the coming years.

After the new film’s debut at Tribeca, as with every other Oculus Story Studio production, it’ll make its way onto the Oculus Store later in the year.

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Based in the UK, Paul has been immersed in interactive entertainment for the best part of 27 years and has followed advances in gaming with a passionate fervour. His obsession with graphical fidelity over the years has had him branded a ‘graphics whore’ (which he views as the highest compliment) more than once and he holds a particular candle for the dream of the ultimate immersive gaming experience. Having followed and been disappointed by the original VR explosion of the 90s, he then founded to follow the new and exciting prospect of the rebirth of VR in products like the Oculus Rift. Paul joined forces with Ben to help build the new Road to VR in preparation for what he sees as VR’s coming of age over the next few years.
  • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

    Don’t support Oculus. Google Oculus Trump for more info.

    • Cl

      You know, i did google it. Article from first result called the company he donated to racist, but provided no proof of this, much like is done to trump himself. Sounds like liberal propaganda. Other than that accusation, i don’t see what the issue is. Making something out of nothing.

      • Get Schwifty!

        Best just to put him on ignore…. I mean, I get being anti-politician, but to constantly post at every opportunity about it smacks of a mental disorder…

        • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

          There’s a reason for Oculus’ poor sales and price drops. People aren’t happy with the founder of Oculus financing an alt-right pro-Trump group.

          • CURTROCK

            So, by your logic hundreds of Oculus employees should lose their jobs, and hundreds of thousands of Rift users should have their investment go down the drain, all because Palmer donated money to a pro Trump group.

          • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

            An alt-right pro-Trump group that included Milo Yiannopoulos.

            If Oculus/Facebook want to support Palmer’s right to finance an alt-right group then we as consumers have the right to boycott Oculus. Facebook/Oculus hiding Palmer Luckey isn’t good enough!

  • Jed Holtzman

    I love VR stories.

    Check our the story of Little Molly: