Ashes to ashes is a surreal tragicomedy in virtual reality about a dysfunctional family burdened with the bizarre final wish of their deceased grandfather.

ashes to ashes

Ashes to Ashes – Gold Award Winner of Dutch VR

The 11-minute one-shot immerses the viewer in the story about a dysfunctional family burdened with the bizarre final wish of their deceased grandfather. Filmed from the perspective of the urn containing the ashes, viewers encounter the colorful family members, who each seem to live in a reality of their own creation.

Ashes to Ashes is an experience designed to challenge the viewer to distinguish what is real from what is not. Ultimately the film questions if there is, in fact, a clear dividing line between reality and fiction. Aren’t we all living in our own world?

What is unique about this project is that it’s an 11-minute one-shot in VR. It’s live action, and the sets change constantly making it a very dynamic experience.

The project started out as an experiment at the VR Days Europe and it grew into a full-blown international co-production between Submarine Channel and AVROTROS – the largest Dutch broadcaster, in collaboration with production house WeMakeVR – a pioneer in the Dutch VR scene, Jaunt VR – world leader in cinematic VR, Force Field VR and Big Orange. The film was directed by no less than three directors from different disciplines (theater, film, VR) who joined forces for the project.

Source: Submarine Channel

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