Aurora, Ireland’s first original animated VR short film, produced by Dublin-based Pink Kong Studios, premiered at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival last month. The film was shown as part of the Immersive Stories Conference curated by Eoghan Cunneen of ILMxLAB and received a phenomenal response from festival goers.

“Emerging technologies have always been on our agenda since myself and Niamh (Herrity) founded the studio in 2014,” says director Aoífe Doyle. “Aurora has afforded us the opportunity to realize a goal of creating a storytelling piece in VR.

It’s amazing that you can don a headset and be transported to another world. That’s the great thing about immersive storytelling.” Doyle and producer Herrity, alongside writer Denis James Ryan, were awarded a bursary of 30,000 euros by ADIFF, Screen Training Ireland and Audi Ireland to produce Aurora.

Aurora immerses the viewer in powerful visuals and sounds of nature, and its emotive storyline offers a captivating experience that invites the audience to reflect on the nature of time. “Watching people re-emerge from the world of Aurora with tears in their eyes was mesmerizing,” says Ryan.

“The final piece really connects with people on an emotional level.” Pink Kong Studios was keen to create a VR film that was both artistically and story driven. “Aurora is a great experience for VR enthusiasts and first-time users alike,” says Herrity. Read more from…

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