Baobab Studios revealed the trailer for its next VR project, Bonfire, starring Ali Wong.
The 5th animated VR project from Baobab Studios builds interaction into a strong narrative that places you as Space Scout 817 “on a mission to discover a new home for the human race after it has made a mess of Earth. The stakes are high. Too bad your piloting skills lack… precision. In fact, you crash-land at night in a mysterious clearing of an unknown planet three-hundred light-years from Earth. Your only source of light is your makeshift bonfire. Beyond its glow everything falls to darkness. And what are those strange noises coming from the alien jungle?”
Wong voices robot sidekick Debbie with “a signature wariness” as you encounter furry inhabitants of the alien planet. The project builds to the question “Will you follow your captain or your conscience?”
Baobab is doing groundbreaking work in VR with animated projects formed around strong narratives that put a single person in VR at the center of the story. The approach makes Baobab’s stories accessible to a wide range of viewers while still leaving visitors to their virtual worlds with indelible memories. In the studio’s last project, Crow: The Legend, interactivity was layered onto the experience in subtle ways — you could wave your arms to change the seasons, for instance. Bonfire continues Baobab’s journey of exploration in immersive storytelling with this tale about trust and friendship.
Bonfire is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival and is expected to run around 15-20 minutes when it launches widely on “multiple Oculus devices.” The project is directed by Eric Darnell.