Director Charles Zhang, writer/producer Jonathan Cui and their cast & crew break new ground with a feature-length VR film.
*** SPOILER ALERT: This article contains plot information related to the VR feature film Calling. You’ve been warned. ***
On November 2nd, 2018, I was invited to the Beijing Film Academy to witness the premiere of something remarkable: a VR feature film. Directed by Beijing Film Academy alumnus and Griffith University PhD candidate Charles Zhang, in collaboration with writer/producer Jonathan Cui, CALLING tells the story of a middle-aged Chinese real estate tycoon under extreme personal and professional pressures, who is driven to the breaking point by a mysterious stalker who may or may not be a figment of his imagination.
CALLING is an impressive undertaking with relatable characters, an engaging story, and an approach to cinematic VR that – while not without issues – produced a feature-length VR experience that was surprisingly comfortable. I had the opportunity to speak with writer/producer Jonathan Cui and director Charles Zhang the week after the premiere, and pose a few questions about the experience behind the experience… (full article & interview on AWN)