Pass the Parcel, our second VR short film, is in the can. With minimal budget this piece was created to stretch our finer glass legs, flex the acting muscles and develop into our virtual reality experiences. This time we used a body! Cutting the head from a mannequin, we screwed wedges to support a steel bracket large enough to hold the camera (Gorpo Omin). I will admit, it wasn't easy. Trial and error played a large factor and although there are brackets available on the market, doing something from scratch not only gives us satisfaction but helps us learn and develop new ways of approaching things. All in all, a great shoot.
Next time we tackle a VR film where the 'user' is tied, I would hide the hands. In VR it looks natural and was exciting to film / know you're tied to the chair, but I think it wasn't necessary. the gloves in this picture make it look twice as bad as it is, but even so, I still think behind the back is a better approach.
The mannequin works! To look down and see a body is a great experience, though we're not convinced it's right for every VR film. For this one it worked as you're tied to the chair. We had to try it. Another lesson learnt.
Thanks: Huge thanks to Charlotte Hawkins for the brilliant makeup for the two victims and lead actor Lee Comley for a grand performance. Not an easy script to deliver and make it menissing, but Lee made it look easy..... too easy.