Cold war experiments and storybook monsters – back to Venice’s VR island

Now in its third year, the virtual reality section of the Venice Film Festival has become more mature and serious in its focus. The 76th Venice film festival has included sci-fi thrills and comic-book action, backstage melodrama and medieval court intrigue. During the events most escapist moments, anyone longing for a dose of reality would have had more luck finding it in the virtual world. Venice VR is a pioneering festival sidebar dedicated to showcasing the best examples of an emergent art form, with a programme of 40 VR works from around the world. Daughters of Chibok, examining the aftermath of Nigerias Porton Down explores Webbs experience of being breast cancer in 2017. Her VR project, her 30-minute short film …

Disney’s New Lion King Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema

For the 26 million people who watched Friends in the mid-’90s, Jon Favreau was Pete Becker. Not the star filmmaker who would make Elf a holiday classic; or who’d launch the Marvel juggernaut by directing Iron Man; or who’d update The Jungle Book for the CGI generation. Just Becker, a tech whiz who—before wooing Monica in a six-episode arc—had become a gazillionaire by creating a piece of business software called Moss 865. It was so named for a reason. Moss 1 exploded. Moss 2 would only schedule appointments for January. Becker, convinced his idea would change the world, pressed on. Today, it’s hard to describe Favreau’s latest project, the much-anticipated Lion King remake, without thinking of Pete Becker. In fact, …