Romance: A Cinematic Odyssey of the Senses - widescreen version for flatscreens

While my VR films are crafted for an immersive, 360-degree stereoscopic experience, I understand the importance of accessibility and inclusivity in storytelling. To ensure that my work reaches a broader audience, including those who may not have access to VR headsets, I have created widescreen versions of all my films. These flatscreen adaptations retain the essence and artistic vision of the original VR experiences, allowing more viewers to embark on these cinematic journeys.

In these widescreen versions, audiences can still appreciate the rich visual narratives, the interplay of light and shadow, and the intricate details that define each scene. While the experience differs from the enveloping immersion of VR, the flatscreen adaptations offer a unique perspective, showcasing the films' cinematic qualities in a more traditional format. This approach allows viewers to experience the magic of my storytelling, whether they are delving into the cosmic depths of '2023 a Requiem' or retracing cinematic history in 'Romance.'

These adaptations are a testament to my belief that great stories should be accessible to all, transcending the boundaries of medium and technology. They represent my commitment to bringing the enchantment and innovation of VR filmmaking to a wider audience, inviting everyone to partake in the visual and emotional journey of my films.

Step into 'Romance in VR,' a film where the innovation of virtual reality breathes new life into cinema's earliest magic. Paying homage to the Lumière brothers' iconic 'Arrival of the Train,' this VR journey reimagines a pivotal moment in film history within a modern virtual setting. The film blends this historical reverence with elements of dance, inviting viewers into an evocative narrative that celebrates both the art of movement and the pioneering spirit of early cinema. Experience a fascinating fusion of classic cinematic milestones and contemporary VR technology in this unforgettable visual odyssey.

  • Ragnar di Marzo
    Director
  • Ragnar di Marzo
    Writer
  • Ragnar di Marzo
    Producer
  • Ragnar di Marzo
    Key Cast
  • My wife
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 3, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    Sweden
  • Country of Filming:
    Sweden
  • Shooting Format:
    digital widescreen
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Ragnar di Marzo

In directing 'Romance,' I embarked on a journey to redefine cinematic storytelling within the immersive world of virtual reality. This VR film, drawing inspiration from the pioneering early cinema of the Lumière brothers and the emotive artistry of modern ballet, is a testament to the fusion of historical reverence and contemporary innovation. While Blender played a crucial role in sculpting the film's VR landscapes, the essence of 'Romance' extends far beyond its technical creation.

The film weaves a narrative that is deeply reliant on the language of movement and visual storytelling. It transports viewers from the iconic 'Arrival of a Train' to mesmerizing surreal gates and vast cosmic expanses, crafting a world where every scene is a rich tapestry of detail and emotion. The use of 3D modeling and animation was instrumental in animating subtle gestures and creating perspectives that draw from Renaissance art theories, yet the heart of the film lies in its ability to connect with the audience on an emotional level.

As a director, my aim was to transcend the traditional boundaries of visual storytelling; 'Romance' is a VR experience that invites viewers into a realm of 360-degree stereoscopic immersion. In this film, audiences are not mere observers but are enveloped in the artist's vision, experiencing the narrative in a uniquely immersive way. This approach allows viewers to relax and fully immerse themselves in the scenes and emotions crafted with meticulous attention to detail.

The essence of 'Romance' lies in its ability to transport the viewer to different worlds — from the nostalgic charm of early cinema to the ethereal expanses of a dreamlike universe. It's an invitation to experience the narrative as if you are part of its very fabric, surrounded by the beauty and intricacy of each scene. The film celebrates the seamless fusion of historical cinema, the expressive power of dance, and the expansive capabilities of VR technology, creating an immersive journey that resonates with the soul of each viewer.

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Director Statement

In the creation of 'Romance,' I sought to harness the transformative power of VR technology to redefine the art of storytelling. This film is a love letter to the enchanting world of cinema, a tribute to its history, and a bold step into its future. My journey in VR filmmaking is driven by a profound respect for cinematic tradition coupled with an unbridled passion for exploring new narrative frontiers.

With 'Romance,' I envisioned a space where viewers could immerse themselves fully in a world shaped by the confluence of past and future, reality and imagination. The film pays homage to the pioneering spirit of early filmmakers like the Lumière brothers, while embracing the boundless possibilities offered by modern VR technology. It's an amalgamation of my reverence for classic cinema and my excitement for the new dimensions that VR opens up.

The film is designed not as a passive viewing experience but as an immersive journey. I wanted to create a setting where viewers could feel transported, not just by the visual spectacle but by the emotional depth and narrative richness. Each frame of 'Romance' is crafted to draw the viewer deeper into its world, offering an experience that is as emotionally resonant as it is visually stunning.

'Romance' represents my belief that the true power of VR lies in its ability to blend art and technology to create something deeply human. It's a testament to the potential of VR to not just tell a story, but to evoke feelings, provoke thoughts, and perhaps, change perspectives. As a filmmaker, my goal is to continue exploring this incredible medium, pushing its boundaries, and inviting audiences to experience the magic of cinema in a whole new way.