Uku Pacha - Modular VR

In an old van crossing the Andes, three unknown passengers share a secret. A person has committed suicide, the victim of false news spread on social media, and someone blames them for it. You are the fourth passenger and witness of their journey through the Uku Pacha seeking to return the natural order, the order of the Andean worldview. Each trip is a different story, a recurring dream where events never happen in the same way or in the same order: an opportunity for salvation or condemnation.

  • Diego Bonilla
    A Space of Time, Accidental Occurrence, Big Data
  • Helena Galán
  • Mario Vera Loor
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Uku Pacha
  • Project Type:
    Virtual Reality, Interactive Film, 360 Video
  • Average Runtime:
    14 minutes 33 seconds
  • Variable Runtime Details:
    There are hundreds of constructions of the VR narrative online @ Viewers use an interactive lever to choose the length of the experience they want to watch and a VR film of that length will be delivered.
  • Completion Date:
    October 10, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
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  • Language:
  • Student Project:
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
    Vancouver, BC
    October 4, 2021
    World Premiere
    Immersive Category
  • LUSCA Fantastic Film Fest
    San Juan
    Puerto Rico
    October 20, 2021
    Puerto Rico Premiere
  • Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories
    October 15, 2021
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival
    Ann Arbor, MI
    United States
    March 22, 2022
    US Premiere
  • Short. Sweet. Film Fest.
    Cleveland, OH
    United States
    February 23, 2022
    Best Virtual Reality Film
  • Florida Film Festival
    Maitland, Florida
    United States
    April 8, 2022
  • River Film Festival
    June 1, 2022
    Italian Premiere
  • Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
    United States
    June 6, 2022
  • Humboldt International Film Festival
    United States
    April 18, 2022
    Honorable Mention
  • The Fine Arts Film Festival
    United States
    June 10, 2022
  • Los Angeles Latino Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    June 1, 2022
  • deadCenter Film Festival
    Oklahoma City
    United States
    Honorable Selection
  • Festival Ecra
    Rio de Janeiro
    July 1, 2022
  • Inca Imperial International Film Festival
    May 12, 2022
Director Biography - Diego Bonilla

Over time, Diego Bonilla's creative work has focused on the development of hypermedia to achieve valid forms of expression in both poetry and audiovisual narratives. His poetic work includes the reconstruction of meaning through changes at the grammatical level and the appropriate reconstruction of meaning through different sequencing. His cinematographic work is based on the use of programming for the variable editing of narratives, thereby offering different versions of a story based on different characters and/or the possibility of altering or shortening the length of the audiovisual experience. His work also includes the extensive use of photographic virtual reality, as well as cinematic virtual reality. His work has received academic awards, such as the Syracuse University's Graduate School Doctoral Award, and artistic awards at the Moscow International Film festival and Premios Latino in Spain.

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Director Statement

Modular filmmaking entails producing a film and authoring a computer program that will edit it based on its story and the viewer's preferences.

Achieving this requires producing a film with hundreds of narrative modules meant to be placed on a larger piece, creating metadata for all the content, and coding a program that first rebuilds the story’s narrative and then produces the film's media to obtain a single distributable file.

This generative approach allows viewers to alter the narrative in significant ways, like changing the duration, establishing the focus on a specific character or providing different narrative sequences with varied emphases, among other possibilities.