- Monday, May. 15, 2017
Director Robert J. Sexton gave a sneak preview of his new live action VR Video experience at VRLA Expo, the world’s largest Virtual and Augmented Reality convention, and at NAB.
To promote the episodic property of the same name, Realitygon Digital developed the app that comes preloaded with “PSYCHO CITY, TX.™” and other surprises.
“Psycho City, TX.™ is the best horror VR experience we have ever seen.” – Famous Monsters of Filmland
Thanks to Sexton's unconventional VR Video editing techniques and canny use of visual cues, he directs the viewer through an organically flowing narrative in this chilling dystopian tale.
Says Sexton, “In every evolution of audio-visual entertainment, the most gripping and memorable content for audiences centers around a narrative. After the spectacle fades or the gimmicks are worn thin, it always comes back to storytelling. This new opportunity for spinning tales in an immersive environment has arrived, and the audience is hungry for the experience.”
A VIVE and Oculus version of PSYCHO CITY, TX™ - VR will be released at the end of this month to coincide with screenings at NEXT, the innovation hub of the Marché du Film at Cannes.
The VR clip was shot in Hollywood, CA. and was produced in conjunction with L.A. Spot Shop and Hollywood Asylum and lensed by Director of Photography Kara Stephens (Fractured, Ghost Scream, West Coast Customs)
The adept cast of actors includes Jay Sosnicki (Dolly Deadly, Ride the Lightning), Andi Norris (No Such Thing as Vampires, Ghost Stories), Sara Hedgren (Human, Fallen) Otto Ferrous (Ghost Scream, Human) and Alex Gruenenfelder (Fresh Hell, The Purgation).
- Download for Android: http://bit.do/hollywoodasylum_google
- Download for IOS: http://bit.do/hollywoodasylum_IOS
Psycho City, TX™ is one of the first forays in 360° technology that successfully coalesces a narrative and VR.
Download and watch the virtual premiere of PSYCHO CITY, TX. 360°
(See Sexton’s other VR Videos for Ghost Scream, Life’s Disease, Archangel)
Sexton's previous experience in 360° VR was noted in an article in The Wall Street Journal, where he commented on the potential of the technology. “VR is defining the future of both share viewer experiences and storytelling," said Sexton. "We're pioneers in this space. Every piece of content we create forces us to reinvent everything we know about filmmaking and how an audience interacts with a story.” http://tinyurl.com/WSJ-360Sexton
While speaking as a guest panelist on VR Tech and augmented reality (AR) for MNS (Midsummer Night Scream), Sexton spoke of the next wave of VR and AR storytelling. “There is no stopping VR and the creator's ability to direct a viewer's experience and attention.” Continues Sexton, “Magic Leap, HTC Vive, Oculus, Playstation, The HoloLens, YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook makes VR, AR and MR a reality for viewers who want to have an experience, regardless of their budget. It’s up to us to give them something to experience.” (http://bit.do/vr-panelist_robert-sexton)
Robert J. Sexton’s CV includes numerous award wins and nominations, along with official selections and invitations from award shows and film festivals around the world.
He directed the first 360° VR heavy metal concept video and the first 360° VR live metal video, in 2015 and 2016.
Winner of 3 Emmy® Awards: Producing from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for ad campaign and produced spots.
2 Grammy® Awards: Post producer on Paul McCartney DVD, "Live Kisses.
Nominations/wins: MTV, CMT, AMA, ACMA, VH1, GAC, Loudwire, DOVE, Screamfest. Shriekfest. The list goes on.
His experiences as a director landed him a guest panelist spot at the San Diego Comic-Con discussing his horror themed music videos, movie/TV projects and as a guest panelist on VR related presentations.
#VR #TECH #MR
Executive Producer/Director: Robert J. Sexton - www.robertsexton.net
DP: Kara Stephens - http://www.karastephens.com
Producer: Darrin Stephens
Assoc. Producer - Aaron Teebor
Makeup Artist: Suzi Hale - http://lastlooksbysuzi.com/
Asst. Makeup: Rocky Calderon
Production Designer: O.B. Ferrous
Wardrobe: Aurora Culver
Compositor: Diana Yanez
Compositor: Sean Meyers
Gaffer: Logan Wade
Sound Recordist: Matthew Lucceshi
Original Score: Shepherd Stevenson
Sound Mixer: Roger Kosteck
Colorist: Christopher Pearson
VR Technical Advisor: Mark “raz” Walden
VR Camera: OMNI
Tetra Mic from Core Sound from Audio Rents: Bob Burton, Traci Bradford, Kristen Weiss http://www.audiorents.com/
Software: FxFactory, Dashwood Cinema Solutions, Mettle Skybox, Kolor, DaVinci, Apple FCPX, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects.
Mantis by Motion Impossible
Radiant Images http://www.radiantimages.com/
App developed by Realitygon Digital’s Shane Churchman with an additional curtsy to Jon Condit. (http://realitygon.com)
Special Thanks to Thalia Buitron, Alicia Buchanan, Ryan Friedlinghaus at West Coast Customs, K.O.C. Productions, Steve Ecclesine, David Wong, Jonathan Thorn, Ed Nelson, David Urbano, Andrea Carolina Marquez, Steve Dandois, Larry and Cheryl Bones for the decapitated heads and spare limbs.
Dominator for the use of “Cold War” in the 2D sizzle reel.
Robert J. Sexton produced and directed this first-ever, concept-driven heavy metal video shot in 360° VR Video premiering on The Wall Street Journal.
Produced by Scott Pourroy, Darrin Stephens, Robert Sexton
DP: Mark "raz" Walden
Asst. Camera - Kelly Sarah Samuels
2nd Camera - Ian Connover
Gaffer - Stephen Carrillo
Key Grip - Ryan Figueroa
Makeup Artist - Suzi Hale - lastlooksbysuzi.com
Costume Designer - Aoife Baker
Asst. Wardrobe - Suzie Ford
AD - Marquese Robinson
Art Director - Otto Ferrous
Asst. Art - Britten Fey
PA - Josh Lassell