The 2017 Sundance Film Festival kicks off tomorrow in Utah and, after skipping out CES, it marks the first big event of the year for Oculus.
Facebook’s VR company has traditionally made a big splash at the prestigious event, which celebrates independent film making. Two years back it introduced the Oculus Story Studio division along with its first VR film, Lost. Last year Story Studio pulled back the curtain on its own creation tool, Quill, as well as its third project, Dear Angelica. This year attendees will see the premiere of that movie, and it sounds like Rift owners won’t have to wait much longer to see it for themselves.
Putting the last bits of love into Dear Angelica before our World Premiere at Sundance this week. Shipping this baby so soon… pic.twitter.com/bV4WeIJ5aO
— Chris Horne (@distastee) January 17, 2017
Tha above tweet is from Chris Horne, Head of Tech on the new project. Horne didn’t provide a more specific date, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Oculus announced one sometime in the next few days. We don’t know if the company will charge for the experience, though both Lost and Story Studio’s second movie, Henry, have been released for free for a limited time (which, nearly a year on from the launch of the Rift, hasn’t expired).
Dear Angelica stars Jessica, a teenage girl that reflects on the stories she was told by her mother at a younger age. These tales come to life around you in VR making for a whimsical experience. It was made using Quill, giving the art style a beautiful hand-painted aesthetic that’s quite different from anything the studio has done before. Quill itself launched publicly alongside Oculus Touch in early December 2016. In our opinion, you have to try it out.
We’re hoping to see more from Oculus at Sundance, perhaps including the next project from Story Studio, but we’ll have to wait and see. HTC will be at the show with the Vive too, and the New Frontier installation will feature plenty of independent and unique works that utilise headsets. All-in-all you can expect a good show.