Here Be Dragons Launches New VR Miniseries
by Rebecca Hills-Duty
VR miniseries Dispatch will put audience in shoes of a police dispatcher.
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) content studio Here Be Dragons have announced a new VR miniseries titled Dispatch, which will make its debut at the Venice Film Festival.
The new miniseries puts the audience in the shoes of a police dispatcher, a demanding role which involves receiving calls for help from the public. Often those calls contain the worst of humanity, with tales of violence and desperation commonplace. The the four-episode series, a protagonist, Ted, finds himself in a position where he is the only one able to help a victim, no longer sheltered by the distance of a voice down a phone line.
Dispatch is written and directed by Edward Robles and features Martin Starr, Julianna Guill and Graham Shiels.
“We created Dispatch to embrace the most compelling elements of virtual reality to make the experience as dramatic and entertaining as possible,” said Robles. “With a gripping narrative, immersive audio, and strong visual cues, Dispatch gives the viewer an up-close experience with what first responders go through on a daily basis.”
Here Be Dragons have previously worked on VR and 360-degree projects such as The Protectors: Walk in the Rangers Shoes and The Possible. Content from the studio has seen appearances at Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival, often receiving critical praise.
It is unknown when Dispatch is planned to make a general release to VR platforms, or what platform it will appear on. The miniseries was created with Oculus Rift, so it seems likely it will appear in the Oculus Store, for Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR.