Ink & Fire

Mixing the real rock art and geologic formations from Brazil's Serra da Capivara National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with a whimsical narrative, Ink & Fire transcends the line between documentary and fiction. We begin our journey in a futuristic natural history museum, where we meet a friendly robotic guide that tells us about life 15.000 years ago. After briefly learning about our ancestors' art in a high-res holographic exhibit, a magical glitch takes us eons ago into the prehistoric environment where those peoples lived. In stunning natural settings lit by firelight, we are then introduced to the ancient shadows of a child, a shaman and a hunter, who teach us to paint as we have done for millennia. Our journey peaks in an epic hunt for a giant sloth, enabling us to feel the drama of our ancestors' lives and opening an emotional doorway to our distant past.

  • Francisco Almendra
  • Nelson Porto
  • Francisco Almendra
  • Nelson Porto
  • Francisco Almendra
  • Alexandre Calil
  • Caio Duarte
    Key Collaborators
  • Caio Amon
    Key Collaborators
  • Kevin Agnes
    Lead Developer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Tinta & Fogo
  • Project Type:
    Virtual Reality
  • Genres:
    Docufiction, Natural History, Rock Art
  • Minimum Runtime:
    13 minutes
  • Maximum Runtime:
    16 minutes
  • Average Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Variable Runtime Details:
    Interactive plot points allow for some flexibility in the player's responses times, yielding a small variation in runtime.
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    70,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Language:
    English, Portuguese
  • Student Project:
  • Laval Virtual
    April 12, 2023
    International Premiere
    Best VR #Experiences
Director - Francisco Almendra, Nelson Porto