Felix & Paul are among the most respected in the as yet young field of immersive filmmaking and now, the studio has been nominated for 2 daytime Emmy awards for their VR films “Inside Impact: East Africa” and “Inside the Box of Kurios.”
If you’re wondering what a Daytime Emmy is, it’s “an American accolade bestowed by the New York–based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of excellence in American daytime television programming.” With that cleared up, your next question is probably “What does a Daytime Emmy have to do with immersive filmmaking?” All I can tell you is that the organisation has two categories, Outstanding Interactive Media – Original Daytime Program, for which the Felix & Paul produced VR experiences “Inside Impact: East Africa” and “Inside the Box of Kurios” have been nominated.
Whatever the rhyme and reason, it’s great news for those who believe 360 filmmaking is already home to work worthy of artistic recognition, not to mention the general message that virtual reality as a platform and means to entertain has arrived.
The eight-minute film “Inside Impact: East Africa” allows people anywhere to join President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton on their trip to see first-hand how lives are changed as a result of the Clinton Global Initiative. The VR film was produced and directed by Felix & Paul Studios in association with m ss ng p eces, executive produced by Matter Unlimited’s Rob Holtzer for Matter Unlimited’s “Inside Impact” social impact project and VR film series.
In the realm of “Inside the Box of Kurios” inspired by Cirque du Soleil’s most recent touring show KURIOS Cabinet of Curiosities, your senses will be disoriented and your perceptions challenged, leaving you wondering if you imagined it all. The experience is a coproduction and a co-creation of Felix & Paul Studios and Cirque du Soleil Media. It was the winner of the 2015 Proto Award for Best Live Action Virtual Reality Experience.
“We are thrilled to have received these two nominations,” said Félix Lajeunesse, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Felix & Paul Studios. “Cinematic virtual reality is a new and evolving art form, and we are grateful to the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for recognizing the medium.”
The nominated experiences will both be available soon on the newly launched Oculus Home, for viewing on your brand new Oculus Rift Consumer Edition but can be viewed now via Gear VR, or indeed your common or garden DK2 is you wish.