The Missing Party: Ripples Across Reality - flatscreen version

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.

"The Missing Party in VR: Ripples Across Reality" begins outside the extravagant "The Owl" movie theater, a relic of the 1950s when cinema palaces were adorned with ornate chrome and grandeur. The scene is set in a time where cinematic experiences were not just about the film, but about the entire atmosphere, evoking a sense of nostalgia and timeless allure.

As you step inside and find yourself seated, the film transports you into a narrative about a group of friends by a pool. One by one, each individual approaches the edge, pausing to look back at the group before facing the water. Yet, as they seemingly prepare to dive, they mysteriously vanish, leaving an aura of intrigue and unspoken questions.

Suddenly, the film immerses you into its world; you are in the garden seen in the movie. This 360-degree panorama envelops you in a space where the characters once were, now eerily absent. Drawn forward, you tread the path they took, approaching the pool under a compelling, unseen force.

As you descend into the reflective waters, a remarkable transformation unfolds. Instead of submerging into the pool, you are catapulted into the vastness of space. Surrounded by galaxies and stars, you float weightlessly towards a luminous constellation, a breathtaking shift from the earthly to the cosmic.

In this celestial sea, amidst a moving tapestry of glass cubes, a crystal green altar emerges. Approaching the altar, you witness a white sun rising from its center, engulfing everything in a blinding white light, while the soundscape intensifies into a furnace-like roar.

The film concludes in this luminous white expanse, leaving you to ponder the meaning of this ending. Is it a symbol of death, rebirth, or a transcendental transformation? "The Missing Party in VR: Ripples Across Reality" invites you into a realm of ambiguity and wonder, challenging the boundaries of narrative and reality. This VR experience not only tells a story but also poses profound existential questions, leaving the interpretation of its conclusion a captivating mystery for the viewer.

  • Ragnar di Marzo
    Director
  • FicusProsound
    Music
    Cinematic Spaghetti Western
  • Stefano Fucili
    Music
    Spaghetti Western Lullaby
  • Friends
    Key Cast
  • Ragnar di Marzo
    Producer
  • Ragnar di Marzo
    3D modelling
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 23, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    700 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Sweden
  • Country of Filming:
    Sweden
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Ragnar di Marzo

As the director of "The Missing Party in VR: Ripples Across Reality," I have always been fascinated by the power of cinema to transcend time and space. My journey in filmmaking has been marked by a constant pursuit of innovation, blending narrative art with immersive technology. This film represents a culmination of my passion for storytelling and my fascination with the limitless possibilities of virtual reality.

My background in traditional cinema has been instrumental in shaping my approach to VR filmmaking. With "The Missing Party," I sought to create an experience that echoes the grandeur of the 1950s cinema era while pushing the boundaries of modern storytelling. My vision was to take viewers on a journey that starts in the familiar setting of a classic movie theater and leads them into the uncharted territories of virtual reality, blurring the lines between the physical and the ethereal.

This film is a testament to my belief in the transformative power of VR. It is not just a medium to tell stories but a way to engage the audience in a narrative that is as emotionally resonant as it is visually spectacular. "The Missing Party" is an exploration of the unknown, a narrative that invites viewers to contemplate the mysteries of existence and their place in the cosmos.
I owe my artistic freedom to the Blender Foundation and its generous community.
Today I am totally independent. For chroma key filming I use my Iphone, modeling I use 3D Blender and post production Final Cut.

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Director Statement

In directing "The Missing Party in VR: Ripples Across Reality," my goal was to create an experience that extends beyond the conventional confines of film. I wanted to craft a narrative that is as much a journey through time and space as it is an exploration of human emotions and existential questions.

The film begins in a setting reminiscent of the golden age of cinema, a nod to the roots of filmmaking. However, as the narrative progresses, it ventures into the realms of virtual reality, challenging the audience's perceptions of reality and narrative. The transition from a nostalgic movie theater to the vast expanse of space symbolizes a journey from the known to the unknown, from the tangible to the transcendental.

My intention with this film was to leave the audience with questions rather than answers. The mysterious disappearance of the characters, the shift from a physical space to a cosmic expanse, and the concluding scene with the white sun are all designed to provoke thought, to invite viewers to ponder the deeper meanings and interpretations of the narrative.

"The Missing Party" is a reflection of my philosophy as a filmmaker: to push the boundaries of storytelling, to explore the unexplored, and to offer audiences not just a film, but an experience that stays with them long after the screen goes dark.