Conscious Existence

A Cinematic VR Short Film Experience




This cinematic virtual reality short film experience is another personal project of mine and my second endeavour in the world of 360/VR after Longing for Wilderness.

CONSCIOUS EXISTENCE
You are gifted every moment with life's most precious achievement: A conscious mind, enabling you to sense and hold within, the universe's boundless beauty - a source of infinite inspiration that fuels your inner space.

Our way of thinking about life influences our perception of the world around us. False priorities can act like blinders and make us overlook the ever-present beauty of the universe, which can be our greatest source of energy and inspiration. A positive and grateful mindset enables us to harvest that energy to fuel our inner space and retain well-being. With this virtual-reality experience I express my own appreciation for and feelings about the gift of life. We need keep our ability to see the world through the wondering eyes of a child.
It is a journey within that hopefully will touch you on an emotional level and make you transcend into a relaxed and appreciative state of mind.

This project is part of the VR NOW Initiative at the Animationsinstitut of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, received some support from Mettle, NVidia and Subpac and is part of the Kaleidoscope VR portfolio. I'm always looking for partners in distribution.

The experience is dedicated to my soulmate Julie Boehm who is living exactly what this piece is about, by seeing the magic in every little thing and embellishing the world with her own creations that are a tribute to the beauty that surrounds us.
Behind the Scenes Ep.1
Talk at FMX for MAXON
• Complementary Breakdown Video
Publication in the DIGITAL PRODUCTION 01/2019
Publication in the 3D World Magazine #237
Request a pre-screener, press-kit or more infos by contacting me via: marc.zimmermann@epicscapes.de
My first priority is to bring this piece to an audience in the highest audio-visual quality possible.

PREVIOUSLY

• FMX Conference 2018 (Stuttgart/Germany, Sneak Peak)
• Cineplex Münster (Cologne/Germany, powered by evrbit)
• Stereopsia (Brussels/Belgium, BOZAR)

CURRENTLY (NOV/DEC'18)

• Sensiks Virtual Reality Pods (on request)
• We Are Cinema (Zürich/Switzerland)
• Lichtspiele Kalk (Cologne/Germany, powered by evrbit)
• Multikino Złote Tarasy (Warsaw/Poland)

More exciting cooperations coming up!

LUMIERE AWARD

Winner - 'Best Visual VR Content' | Stereopsia 2018, Brussels

ANIMAGO AWARD

Nomninee - 'Best AR/VR/360° Production' | Animago Award and Conference 2018, Munic

James Hedley (Director) about CONSCIOUS EXISTENCE:

"Thank you for taking me on this journey – it was hypnotic, mesmerising and emotional. I knew I was going to be in for a ride of a lifetime, it being your work, but wasn’t expecting that - came out of watching it and wanted to return to that state of mind. What I like about your work, Conscious Existence, is that you give the viewer the agency and the space to feel for themselves, rather than be told how to feel. It’s very special."

Juan Bossicard (Co-Founder New Digital Reality) about CONSCIOUS EXISTENCE:

"It really touched me on a very high level."

René Pinell (CEO Kaleidoscope) about CONSCIOUS EXISTENCE:

"It's beautiful. There is no one else I know who can create such beautiful environments and tell a story with those environments."

Dan Tucker (Curator Sheffield Doc/Fest) about CONSCIOUS EXISTENCE:

"One of the most beautiful VR pieces that I've seen in a long time."

Fred Galstun (CEO Sensiks) about CONSCIOUS EXISTENCE:

"These kind of creations can only come from divine inspiration. The only thing I am trying to sort out now is whether to call it beyond art or beyond EPIC. [...] your creations are touching something deep inside my soul [...} and it brings me right back to the right place and the right state of mind. Like somehow it resets the focus to the things that really matter, like mother nature is speaking through you."

Maxime Montagne (WIDE Management) about CONSCIOUS EXISTENCE:

"I watched it and I must say that I had a terrific experience. Something like experiencing Tree of Life in VR, there is something magical and poetical about it."

SIGGRAPH Conference Submission Jury about CONSCIOUS EXISTENCE:

"There are so many good things to say about this project. It's an amazing introspective experience that is one stunning visual after another. Some scenes I had difficulty discriminating between CG and reality. I liked the continuous camera motion forward. My favorite scene is the Aurora Borealis with the ocean reflecting it. I loved the organic particle simulations that swirled together and burst into colorful smoke."

"An extremely visually and conscience raising piece. I would put this over standard filmed 360 experiences due to all of the CG used to produce the imagery."

Paul Bouchard (Diversion Cinema) about CONSCIOUS EXISTENCE:

"[...] the team Diversion cinema has been really moved by this sensitive and spiritual journey. It is really well done and touching"

Axel Steinkuhle (CEO Evrbit) about CONSCIOUS EXISTENCE:

"Ein absolutes Highlight."

Michel Reilhac (Head of Studies at Venice Biennale College) about CONSCIOUS EXISTENCE:

"A beautiful piece."

Nancy Eperjesy (Co-Founder Mettle) about CONSCIOUS EXISTENCE:

"I love this project - really well done!"

Thomas Hoffmann (3D Content Hub) about CONSCIOUS EXISTENCE:

"Your visual language and animation skills are really outstanding."

Sneak Peek presentations of CONSCIOUS EXISTENCE at FMX 2018:

Marc Zimmermann - epicscapes.de