LAIKA: VR Animation
COMMISSION: StoryFutures Academy XR
DIRECTOR: Asif Kapadia
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Passion
OUR ROLE: Spatial Mix, Audio Postproduction, UE Implementation
On Thursday 7 October 2021, Laika made its world premiere in immersive virtual reality at BFI London Film Festival (LFF) as a part of their Expanded programme. Directed by BAFTA and Academy Award Winning Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona), this is Asif’s first foray into immersive storytelling, bringing together his established cinematic voice to animated Virtual Reality.
Adapted from Nick Abadzis’ eponymous 2007 graphic novel, Laika will tell the story of planet Earth’s first voyager into space, an unwanted stray who became the most famous dog in the world.
Laika is commissioned by StoryFutures Academy (the UK’s National Centre for Immersive Storytelling, run by the National Film and Television School, and Royal Holloway, University of London), with support from the BFI Film Fund (award National Lottery funding), Film4 and Epic Games. It is a BFI London Film Festival Initiative.
1.618 Digital was brought in to lead on 3D audio post-production and UE implementation.
StoryFutures Academy XR Commission ‘Laika’ World Premiere in VR at BFI London Film Festival 2021: https://www.storyfutures.com/news/storyfutures-academy-xr-commission-laika-world-premiere-in-vr-at-lff-expanded-2021
StoryFutures Academy XR Commission ‘Laika’ World Premiere in VR at BFI London Film Festival 2021: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=laika