I had a great time checking out the Virtual Reality pieces at SIFFX on June 5th. The pieces were shown on Samsung Gear VR sets and the HTC Vive. The headsets were impressive and helped a lot with the stabilization issues that I’ve seen with other […]
Author: Ruth Gregory
I am excited to announce that Music of the Spheres will be a part of the inaugural SIFFX festival that runs in conjunction with the Seattle International Film Festival. From their site: SIFFX is a brand-new four-day festival within the Seattle International Film Festival showcasing the […]
My new project – Music of the Spheres – has launched. Check it out at spheresseries.com.
Music of the Spheres is the first series to completely tell its story using 360 degree technology; blazing a new trail for motion picture storytelling.
The storyline of Music of the Spheres follows the protagonist Angela as she searches for her sister Elizabeth in an alternate universe ruled by the teachings of Pythagoras. Angela is as determined to save her sister as she is guilt-ridden since Angela accidentally banished her sister to the distant realm as a child.
When I started writing the series last fall the camera we shot with – a v.360 from VSN – wasn’t even available. But as soon as I heard about the possibility to shoot in 360 degrees I knew it would be perfect for our story.
The revolutionary format did not come without challenges. The crew had to hide out of view during takes. This meant that often they were in a completely different room than where the action was taking place. Personally, I found myself several times huddled behind a tree and listening to the actors perform and trying to figure out if they’d hit the emotional beats of the scene.
Luckily the cast includes a bevy of Washington talent who’ve been seasoned on high profile projects like Syfy’s “Z Nation” and NBC’s “Grimm” as well as movies like Wild and Safety Not Guaranteed. Rosalie Miller stars as Angela and the primary cast also includes Tony Doupe (Dan), Lowell Deo (Scott), Jennifer True (Petra), Jodie Harwood (Pam), Caroline Slater (Young Elizabeth), and Maeve Campbell (Young Angela).
My latest short documentary, Hazzard, will be premiering at the Tacoma Film Festival in early October.
Here is a little about the doc:
In early 1900s Seattle Dr. Lina Hazzard believed that fasting was the cure for any all maladies, and watched as over 40 of her patients withered into death’s embrace.
Sometimes truth is crazier than fiction and this is definitely one of those times.