Missing Pictures brings a new five-part immersive documentary collection to virtual reality, coming to Quest and PC VR on December 1.
A collaborative effort between multiple production companies, Missing Pictures promises “a parallel history of cinema through virtual reality.” Running for ten minutes per episode, the Missing Pictures collection is directed by Clément Deneux, with individual episodes featuring directors Abel Ferrara, Naomi Kawase, Catherine Hardwicke, Lee Myung-se and Tsai Ming-Liang. Tsai Ming-Liang and Kuan-Yuan Lai join Denuex as co-directors on episodes two and four.
Each episode details the story of a film that the directors were unable to make and the circumstances that prevented them from getting them off the ground, between financing problems, “overly political subjects,” and more. Shot in volumetric capture, Missing Pictures claims that it’s using VR to go beyond standard interviews, taking viewers to a behind-the-scenes imagining of these dreamed worlds.
“We wanted to use the specificities of VR and volumetric capture to embody these ghost films. Virtual reality allows us to create a reinterpretation of the cinematic project, something that is not about cinema but more about an encounter between the audience and the filmmakers,” explained Deneux, in a prepared statement. “The main challenge was that each episode should have its own personality, reflecting the creative process and the artistic universe of each of these filmmakers.”