Indie development studio Jamwix announced today that they’ve created software called CHIMERA that allows feature films to be distributed in an incredibly immersive 3D experience within the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The first feature film released for the Oculus Rift is the award-winning horror film BANSHEE CHAPTER distributed in the U.S. by XLrator Media.
Beginning today, BANSHEE
Blair Erickson said: “This is an incredibly exciting moment for technology and entertainment. We were thrilled to begin unlocking the potential of the next generation storytelling experiences in virtual reality.”
Winner of the “Scariest Film” award at both the 2013 London Fright Fest and Toronto’s After Dark Film Festival, BANSHEE CHAPTER
BANSHEE CHAPTER was produced by Sunchaser Entertainment’s Stephanie Riggs and Before the Door’s Corey Moosa and Sean Akers, and Christian Arnold-Beutel. The film stars Ted Levine (“Silence of the Lambs”), Katia Winter (“Sleepy Hollow”) and Michael McMillian (“True Blood”). For those who don’t have an Oculus to experience it, a 2D release of the movie is available on iTunes, Amazon, Netflix and other digital platforms.
As the Creative Director of Omnicom’s high-tech interactive agency “Millions of Us,” Erickson created break-through interactive stories, transmedia experiences, and live-action stories in virtual worlds, short films, and online communities. His diverse array of work for entertainment companies and clients include Warner Bros, Fox, SciFi Channel, E! Entertainment Television, Facebook, Activision, Ubisoft, Discovery, and DreamWorks. He is co-founder of Jamwix.
For more information please visit Jamwix.com and visit Banshee Chapter: Oculus Rift Edition: https://www.youtube.
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JAMWIX is a new digital creation studio formed on building powerful, engaging, and innovative new experiences for everyone. The founders are all old college friends from Carnegie Mellon University, who’ve collaborated and worked together on creative entertainment, virtual world and game projects for over a decade and a half. After years of working together on digital and virtual world projects for Sony Playstation, Disney, Dreamworks, KIXEYE, Fox Entertainment, Second Life, and more, they’ve begun exploring the new generation of immersive experiences.
About Sunchaser Entertainment
Sunchaser Entertainment’s (www.sunchaserent.com) first feature, Stephanie Riggs’s documentary film THE STANDBYS about Broadway understudies and standbys, was a New York Times Critic’s Pick and was released theatrically by Nehst Entertainment. Additional projects in television, film, theatre and new media for the Manhattan-based production company are awaiting announcement later in 2014.
About Before the Door Pictures
Before the Door (BTD) is Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Neal Dodson, and Corey Moosa. Their first feature, J.C. Chandor’s MARGIN CALL, premiered at Sundance in 2011, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and won the Best First Feature award at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards. The company followed up with Chandor’s next film ALL IS LOST, starring Robert Redford in a solo performance, which was released by Lionsgate and also received an Academy Award nomination.
About XLrator Media, LLC
One of the fastest-growing independent film distribution companies in North America since its creation in 2010, XLrator Media, LLC (XLratorMedia.com) will release 20 films in 2014 including Academy Award-winner John Ridley’s JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE starring Andre Benjamin as rock legend Jimi Hendrix (opening in theaters September 26th) and SXSW hits HOUSEBOUND and THE MULE. XLrator Media is also the home of the acclaimed MACABRE and TURBO genre film labels. The company previously released such diverse films as THE MACHINE, CBGB, AMERICAN MARY, STORM SURFERS 3D, BANSHEE CHAPTERand IRONCLAD: BATTLE FOR BLOOD