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€2,964
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, December 31 2015 4:00 PM UTC +00:00
€2,964
pledged of €12,500pledged of €12,500 goal
36
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, December 31 2015 4:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Watch the teaser now 

Short teaser on YouTube ( 1 minute teaser)
Short teaser on YouTube ( 1 minute teaser)
First 15 minutes of the film on Youtube  (Find out why Joanna is doing this)
First 15 minutes of the film on Youtube (Find out why Joanna is doing this)
Complete Scene in on Kolor Eyes website
Complete Scene in on Kolor Eyes website
  

Joanna in POV ( click to join us on Facebook)
Joanna in POV ( click to join us on Facebook)
 

Story 

Sharon’s dead. She said she was raped and no one believed her. Then she killed herself and they believed that just fine. Now her sister Maria and best friend Nadine want revenge. So they contact Joanna. Joanna is an urban legend; a brutal vigilante who tortures and kills rapists. She arrives in town and soon Maria and Nadine are waiting in an abandoned ghost estate while Joanna very, very slowly murders the man who caused Sharon’s death. But when Joanna starts uncovering more details as to what actually happened to Sharon, will Nadine and Maria come to regret the force they’ve unleashed? For Joanna is not justice. She is not the law. She is not society. She is what comes after.

How the Project got started ? 

JOANNA will be the first ever dramatic feature length film for Virtual Reality.The project began as a stage play - written by Neil K. Sharpson and performed in 2013. It was seen by our Executive Producer, Dr. Abraham Campbell - a computer scientist currently lecturing in University College Dublin’s and with their affiliated BDIC college in Beijing and one of Ireland’s foremost minds in the field of virtual reality. He considered it a perfect script to be adapted to VR due to its minimalist style and effective interplay. It is a tense, claustrophobic and surprisingly funny look at a very dark subject.  The story is strengthened by the VR experience and its minimalist style allows the development of a feature film at very low cost hence the ability to make the film for just 12,500 euro. 

Our aim is to put you in the story, and bring these moments to life in full 360 degrees. We assembled a diverse crew of experts in virtual reality, film and theatre to put this project together and we have now filmed 15 mins of test footage. 

Camera Rig using 360Heros
Camera Rig using 360Heros

Our Aim

Our aim with this Kickstarter is to complete the film. We need funds to rent equipment, secure locations and pay actors. Everyone on this project is hugely committed to bringing the world of JOANNA to life. We feel it is not only an entertaining story, but an important one, too. 

Crew Shoot for Living Room Scene
Crew Shoot for Living Room Scene

 Starring: 

 Paddy-Jo Malpas as Joanna 

Clodagh Duggan as Maria 

Caroline Harvey as Nadine 

Written by Neil Sharpson 

Directed by Jeda de Brí 

Executive Producer Dr. Abraham Campbell 

Cinematography & Editing by Dr. Stephen Keegan

With 360 degrees available, we can add lots of Easter eggs in this new medium.
With 360 degrees available, we can add lots of Easter eggs in this new medium.
Find out about this and other VR crowd funding projects on VRD news
Find out about this and other VR crowd funding projects on VRD news

Risks and challenges

The unique challenges of this project are both technical and ergonomic in nature.

In terms of technical issues, the film will run fine in a HMD like the Oculus DK2 or HTC VIVE for the full hour and 10 minutes as planned. Our testing of mobile HMD's setups like Google Cardboard or even the Gear VR have found that after the 20 minute mark, many mobile phones need a break to avoid over heating. For these devices, including the branded Joanna Cardboard, we will divide the film into scenes just like a play. The aim is to make 4 separate scenes so each user can give their device a break.

Allowing different viewing options like watching the whole film at once or 4 separate 18 minute scenes, will also help in terms of ergonomics.

The executive producer of the project has a PhD in the VR space so is very aware of simulator sickness and has guided over 500 people through VR environments over the last 10 years. As part of the process of the creation of the Teaser, he has trained both the director and actors about the effects their movements will have on the user. In general most scenes will be quite different from VR experiences so far, we aim for the primary take to be fixed so that the user will not get motion sickness from the camera. The actors will in general be framed around the 100 degree mark so the user does not have to move their head too much. When they do move their head, they are making a choice of who to observe giving an interesting ability to re-watch the movie and understand it from a different perspective. (lots of Easter eggs are there too if you can spot them!)

Other technical challenges include the creation of the film of course, but with our limited initial budget we have created the 15 minute teaser that you can now download for free and view. This also mitigates the risk as we know from our previous recording that if we hit our target we will need no external investment to complete the film. Everybody in the primary team is working on a profit share model along with expenses for the cast .

To mitigate the risk of the film being incompatible with different devices, final commercial release will be DRM-free. As a user you need to be able to move it from device to device as VR viewers are getting better every day. If a user needs to convert the film to another format, we have no problem with them doing so.

Setback wise, we need to work around our actors schedules so we have a film window between March and May, so if you back us at the highest levels and get to visit the set , we will do our best to give you at least 1 month notice as to when filming will begin.

The final risk could be a censorship one when we go to release commercially, the film aims to be mature in nature so we would believe a 16 or over certification, but some scenes in POV are quite disturbing in VR so it may be difficult to get a 16 rating. Even an 18 rating would be okay for a commercial release. This will not effect backers as you will get a preview film release so no matter what you will get the uncut film as it was originally intended.

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    Limited edition Joanna Google Cardboard viewer so you can view the film in Immersive VR. You will need a phone with 4 inch display with Android 4.4 / Apple iPhone 5 or higher.

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    (Budding Writer Edition)

    Same rewards as Platinum Collectors Edition but as an extra thank you , if you havea script you are working on , we will arrange an assessment of your script by our director Jeda DeBrí and our author Neil Sharpson (currently under contract with the Abbey Theatre, Dublin). They’re very constructive and super nice (usually).

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    Same rewards as Budding Writer ( you don't need to have a script ) but as an extra thank you , 2 tickets to go to the WRAP PARTY. This will be held roughly between March and May of 2016. We do not cover accommodation or travel. You will also get to see some of the rushes from the week of filming .

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    ( Beta Testing Edition )

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    ( On the Set Edition )

    You get everything from the Beta Edition but you get to come visit set on one of the days of filming. Again we do not cover accommodation or travel.
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    (The Executive Producer Edition)

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Funding period

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