×

Watch the Trailer for Felix & Paul Studios’ Scary New VR Film ‘Gymnasia’ (EXCLUSIVE)

The Emmy award-winning VR filmmakers from Felix & Paul Studios have teamed up with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) for a new VR film dubbed “Gymnasia” that is set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month — and judging from the trailer that the studio exclusively shared with Variety, it’s going to be scary…

“Gymnasia” is a 6-minute VR experience that is said to blend 3D 360-degree video, stop motion, miniatures and computer-generated graphics. It invites viewers into an abandoned school, full of spooky memories of childhoods’ past.

The piece has been produced by Stéphane Rituit (Felix & Paul Studios) and Dana Dansereau (NFB) and directed by the award-winning duo Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Clyde Henry Productions). The soundtrack comes from the Montreal-based musician Patrick Watson, and the sound design was done at Headspace Studios.

“We are honored to once again premiere our work and be part of the official selection at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival,” said Felix & Paul Studios co-founder and creative director Paul Raphaël. “We collaborated with Chris, Maciek and Patrick on our very first VR experience, ‘Strangers’ with Patrick Watson, so it was both fascinating and rewarding to see how much the medium has evolved in the short five years since our studio produced that inaugural VR piece.”

“Partnering to create new and innovative experiences is part of NFB’s DNA. Working with Clyde Henry and Felix & Paul Studios on this technical feat and genre pushing experience has been hard work but also a pure joy,” said NFB digital studio producer Dana Dansereau. “Stop motion animation in VR is in its early days and it took the extreme talents of these three groups to pull off such a successful project. We are proud and excited to launch ‘Gymnasia’ at Tribeca Immersive 2019.”

Popular on Variety

“Gymnasia” will will be available for download on the Oculus Store on April 26. At Tribeca, it will be exhibited with a location-based experience that includes life-sized puppets, and combines immersive theater with a more traditional VR viewing experience. The film will be part of Tribeca’s Immersive program, which will also include more than 30 other VR and AR experiences, including the world premiere of the first “Doctor Who” VR experience.

More Digital

  • Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Cellphone 'Hacked' Following WhatsApp Message From Saudi Crown Prince (REPORT)

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ cellphone was very probably “hacked” in 2018 after he received a video via WhatsApp from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to an investigation reported in British newspaper The Guardian on Tuesday. United Nations experts plan to release a public statement Wednesday morning addressing the allegations. The Guardian reported that Bezos, [...]

  • Game of Thrones

    ‘Game of Thrones’ Sweeps Parrot Analytics’ 2nd Global TV Demand Awards

    MIAMI —  “I must check it out. I’ve been hearing a lot about the show,” host Carson Kressley (“Queer Eye”) joked at Parrot Analytics’ 2nd Global TV Demand Awards as “Game of Thrones” swept two of its biggest plaudits: Most In-Demand TV Series in the World, along with Most In-Demand Drama Series. The awards ceremony  [...]

  • Netflix - The Witcher

    'The Witcher' on Track to Be Netflix's Biggest TV Show Premiere Ever, Company Claims

    Netflix said “The Witcher,” the fantasy series starring Henry Cavill, is pacing to be its biggest first-season original TV series ever. “The Witcher,” which debuted Dec. 20 on Netflix, was chosen to be watched by 76 million customer households in the first four weeks of release, according to the company. That would appear to mean [...]

  • The Irishman

    Netflix Adds 8.8 Million Subscribers in Q4, Cites Competition for Lower U.S. Gains

    Netflix beat its forecast for overall subscriber additions for the fourth quarter of 2019, while it brought in fewer than expected U.S. streaming customers. The company added a net 420,000 streaming customers in the U.S. and 8.33 million overseas in the year-end 2019 quarter, for a total of 8.76 million net adds. Netflix had previously [...]

  • Tubi

    Free Streaming Service Tubi to Launch in Mexico in Pact With TV Azteca

    Tubi is heading to Mexico: The free, ad-supported streaming service announced plans to launch in the country later this year as well as a pact with TV Azteca, one of the largest producers of Spanish-language television programming. Under the terms of their deal, TV Azteca will sell advertising and promote Tubi across broadcast and digital [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content