Felix & Paul Studios is considered by most of the 360VR Community as the Pioneers of the current wave of 360º Cinematographers. Their work with Cirque du Soleil, LeBron James, the Fox Innovation Labs and more has been highly praised.
‘The People’s House – Inside the White House with Barack and Michelle Obama’ earned the Montreal, Canada-based duo the 2017 Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program this past September.
Yesterday, Google confirmed that it was enforcing its push to support 360VR Creators as it announced an undisclosed Google grant to production company Felix & Paul Studios in Montreal funded the creation of “The Confessional.”
About 500,000 immersive videos are available on YouTube, and the streaming service plans to increase the titles and genres, by investing millions on 360º video content.
“Nearly half the time in VR headsets is spent in video,” Julia Hamilton Trost, partner development manager at Google VR, said in an interview. “We need to give creators tools to make VR content more easily, then also partner with people to push content to the platform as well.”
‘The Confessional’ recounts the most intimate, awkward, and hilarious anecdotes of comedy’s elite. From a first date gone wrong, to an ongoing prank, to a nighttime joy ride, ‘The Confessional’ is an immersive, virtual vault of storytelling at its finest, Starring (in order of appearance):
● Lilly Singh
● Trevor Noah
● Howie Mandel
● Judd Apatow
● Moshe Kasher & Natasha Leggero
● Jim Norton
● Grace Helbig & Mamrie Hart
Underscoring the infancy of the medium, Felix & Paul co-founder Paul Raphael said “The Confessional” marked the first time in four years that the studio felt comfortable cutting between shots in a video without disturbing the immersive experience. Jumps can be jarring to viewers, especially when wearing a virtual reality headset, he said.
I also asked him about what the Emmy Award meant to him, and Paul graced us with this:
“It’s an amazing feeling to have virtual reality, and our piece, recognized for a Creative Arts Emmy Award. Working on this experience, with the Obamas at a reflective moment in President Obama’s tenure, and being able to gain access to this monumental building was, in itself, a win to us. Being honoured by the Television Academy was an incredible way to conclude this journey. It points to a larger acceptance of virtual reality in the entertainment space, and a step forward for the medium as a whole. Hopefully this win will inspire others to produce great VR content, and push audiences and headset owners to start looking and demanding great VR content as well.”
360VR Community, you know what we always say: Content Is King! Now get out there and Create!
ABOUT FELIX & PAUL STUDIOS:
Felix & Paul Studios is the world’s leading cinematic virtual reality studio. Felix & Paul Studios has worked alongside a number of collaborators, including Cirque du Soleil, the Obama Foundation, Fox Innovation Labs, LeBron James, Funny or Die and others. The experience, ‘The People’s House – Inside the White House with Barack and Michelle Obama’ won the 2017 Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program.
You can find more experiences from Felix & Paul Studios on the Oculus and Daydream stores.
Enjoy the 1st Episode of The Confesisonal | 360VR Series by Felix & Paul Studios: