Jesus VR – The Story of Christ' is dubbed as the firstfeature-length virtual reality film ever made. The 90-minute film produced by Toronto-based Autumn Productions and LA's VRWERX will be screened at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival which starts from August 31, 2016. This has taken the art of filmmaking to a new level.
The film will be released this Christmas on all major VR platforms such as Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR and the HTC Vive.
"We are particularly happy to present the world's first virtual reality feature film," said festival director Alberto Barbera. "Jesus helps show the narrative and spectacular potential of this new technology, which until now has been limited to brief films."
"The presentation is particularly important, because this year the updated film market, now called Venice Production Bridge, is also presenting six VR projects among the 40 proposed audiovisual products in search of financing, alongside movies, documentaries, TV series and web series. It is a sign of the attention the Venice Film Festival pays to the sweeping changes which are helping redefine the horizons of the production of images in motion," he added.
Shot in Matera, Italy, the plot will tell the story of Jesus Christ's birth to resurrection giving the audience a real experience. Events such as Jesus' baptism, the Sermon on the Mount, the Last Supper, the crucifixion, and the resurrection will be shown. The film made on Andre van Heerden's script is also the first high-budget VR film.
Cast of the film include popular faces like Tim Fellingham from Final Destination 5, Mish Boyko, Christian Serritiello, Rhys Howells and Matteo Carlomagno.