The Empathy Machine is a Sci-Fi 360 Noir Virtual Reality Murder Mystery film experience.
The film was screened at NEXT - Marche Du Film, CANNES Film Festival May 2018 and has been nominated for Official Selection at Aesthetica Festival, November 2018.
Shot at The Roundhouse Theatre, London the cast of two actors play out all seven noir characters.
“That was very entertaining.”
Jan Harlan, Executive Producer, Stanley Kubrick
The practicalities of shooting two actors playing all seven parts was a bamboozling technical production puzzle, solved by creating a timed lighting set up akin to those used in live theatre productions.
Technically it was a first in 360 - shooting each of the character’s gloomy worlds in separate sections, and keeping the lighting set-up constant throughout the shoot for a smooth 360 edit during the compositing post-production stage.
“That was fun, bringing film noir into VR.”
Beeban Kidron OBE, Director & Producer