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Belonging is a series of journeys into the emotional lives of MetaHumans.

In this episode, a New York City cop threatens an innocent doorman, exposing the power imbalance between law enforcement and Black America.

Directed, animated and edited by music video and urban content creator, Romeo615videos. Starring Eric Bear and Romeo615videos. Produced under the SAG•AFTRA micro-budget project agreement.

BACKGROUND: Isolated during quarantine, tech entrepreneur and actor, Eric Bear, craved connection and creative collaboration. He assembled a team of animators and filmmakers from around the world to explore what might be possible using performance capture and Epic Games’ MetaHumans for Unreal Engine. They embarked on a fully-remote experiment aimed at answering the following questions: Can virtual people effectively express authentic emotions? Can audiences be touched, moved and inspired by performances captured using free software and off-the-shelf hardware? Can multiple artists direct, shoot and produce high-quality episodes from their home studios during a global pandemic?

10 episodes. 10 directors. 25 MetaHumans. 3 live actors. 3 voice actors. 1 engine. Lots of love.

  • Romeo615videos
    Shade 45: Eminem's Hip Hop Channel
  • Eric Bear
    The HyperWatt Conspiracy
  • Eric Bear
    The HyperWatt Conspiracy
  • Nikki Levy
    OMG!, Don't Tell My Mother
  • Rebecca Miller
  • Eric Bear
    Key Cast
    Annie Hall, Yellowstone:1883
  • Carly Christopher
    Key Cast
    The Price of Fame, Murder Made Me Famous
  • Romeo615videos
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Television, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Action, Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Motion Capture via Unreal Engine
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Detroit Black Film Festival 2022
    Detroit, Michigan
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival 2022
    Providence, Rhode Island
    United States
  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival 2022
    Fort Lauderdale
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Montreal International Animation Film Festival - ANIMAZE 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Romeo615videos

Romeo615videos, CEO of VirtualVidz LLC, is an Epic Games Mega Grant recipient and content creator for Grand Theft Auto 5. He specializes in urban content creation via virtual production real-time pipeline development, level design, composure, and sequencing. Most recent notable works include directing and creating content for interviews, in-studio performances, and videos for clients including Eminem's (Marshal Mathers) radio station Shade 45, StreetHeatTV and World Star HipHop.

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Eric Bear [EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & SERIES LEAD] is a classically-trained film actor known for a meme-generating role in “Annie Hall” and recurring on the Yellowstone prequel “1883” on Paramount+.

As a kinesthetic artist, Bear specializes in primate motion capture and authentic, grounded expression. Prior to returning to filmmaking, Bear was a tech entrepreneur known for creating award-winning interactive media (e.g., Best Animation at SXSW Interactive 1999).

Bear’s invention of seamless video expansion in 1994 was popularized by "The Matrix” – enabling DVD viewers to “follow the white rabbit” to access behind the scenes footage. This technology has been licensed to all major motion picture studios in the USA and top consumer electronics companies in the world. Bear’s 100+ hardware and software patents also include body-based solutions to motion sickness in virtual reality. Products based on Bear’s inventions are in use every day by millions of people and thousands of companies.

Bear is a partner at Capital Factory Ventures and the founder of HyperWatt® Productions.

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