ST Originals: Perspective Ch. 1: The Party
A young woman attends a college party with the intention of shedding her shy girl HS persona. At the same party a young man is after a similar reinvention. They meet. Add booze. Misinterpreted signals and do things that cannot be undone.
Sundance Film Festival
Perspective is a Virtual Reality series created by Morris May and Rose Troche. Together they are setting out to use the inherent power of the virtual realities 1st person point of view to create live action narrative films that challenge viewer’s perception of social issues and constructs that might otherwise never have been.
With the use of the Oculus Rift you experience both realities, and in doing so begin to understand the slight differences in perception that sometimes lead to misguided assumptions.
“Poi“The most thought-provoking piece at New Frontier” – WIRED.
“Perspective; Chapter 1: The Party” couples innovative technology with emotional gravity.” – Cool Hunting
“One of the most inventive projects at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival” – BuzzFeed
“ I wanted to mobilize against campus sexual assault… The empathy machine works.”– TechCrunch
“The most chilling, emotionally powerful experiences I’ve had using a screen.” – MTV news
ST Originals: Perspective
Ch. 2: The Misdemeanor
When two young men are stopped by a police officer, a simple misdemeanor spirals out of control. The situation rapidly turns antagonistic, with each party suspect of the other leaving no one able to stop the chain of events.
Sundance & Tribeca Film Festival
Following up on the breakout Sundance 2015 VR film Perspective: Chapter 1; The Party, co-creators Morris May and Rose Troche return with Perspective: Chapter 2; The Misdemeanor, the latest installment in the Perspective series.
Perspective: Chapter 2 is an immersive experience that transports the viewer to the streets of New York and puts them in the middle of an urban petty theft that escalates quickly and leads to serious ramifications.
Filmed as first-person POV, the film offers four different perspectives on the event – that of the teens accused of stealing and that of each police officer involved in apprehending them. This emotionally gripping VR experience offers an unprecedented look at the very inside of the timely topic of police brutality, one of the most important topics facing US society today.
Perspective: Chapter 2; The Misdemeanor is the first immersive film to put the viewer inside the shoes of the people experiencing these events who have different levels of authority. The film has the potential to become an important part of the conversation on the issue.
“Poignant, chaotic and puts you right in the middle of the unfolding events” – Paste
“Perspective; Chapter 2: The Misdemeanor is a harrowing VR project that lets you experience police brutality first hand.” – MTV News
“The kind of thing that can only be done with the immersive and empathy-inducing power of VR.” – Wired
CEO & FOUNDER, SPECULAR THEORY
Morris May is the CEO and CoFounder of Specular Theory, inc., a leading VR content creation studio and technology lab based in Venice, CA. Mr. May has been a Hollywood visual effects expert for over 25 years, working on 30+ films including two Oscar winners: Spiderman II and Happy Feet. In 2015, he attended Sundance with Perspective: Chapter 1; The Party and excited to return to the Festival in 2016 with Perspective: Chapter 2; The Misdemeanor.
Rose Troche is an award winning writer, director, and producer of film, television, and New Media. Her work includes Go Fish, The Safety of Objects, The L Word, Concussion. Her career began in experimental film, and she is pleased to come full circle with Sugar, a multipart narrative experiment to be released in early 2016 and with her collaboration with Morris May on the Perspective series. Chapter 1: The Party and now with Chapter 2: The Misdemeanor. She is currently in preproduction on her 4th feature, This Is Not Me.