UK visual effects and animation group Axis Studios has made its first foray into owned IP with the launch of VR film ‘The Bond’, written and directed by Olly Reid. The short is available for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
The film takes viewers on a journey in the footsteps of a mystical character, TiaMuati, as she seeks out animals in trouble and ‘spirit walks’ into their minds. Through the power of virtual reality, viewers suddenly find themselves inhabiting terrified prey and tiny insects.
The film is partly funded by Scottish Enterprise and designed to maximize the uniqueness of the medium by placing viewers in the shoes of multiple characters and allowing them to engage with the environment from a variety of dynamic perspectives.
Reid said, “The Bond is set in an incredibly rich and detailed world, which isn’t easy to pull off in VR. I am incredibly proud of the amazing work the team has produced, as we seek to bring this story and world to life. Virtual reality is the perfect medium to create powerful, immersive experiences for audiences. I’m excited to see what the future holds for VR as a storytelling tool, I can’t wait to be part of it.”
Artists at Axis Studios’ three locations in Glasgow, Bristol, and London collaborated on the project under Reid’s direction.