DOWNLOADED

A Narrative VR Short 

A hybrid live-action/game-engine interactive virtual reality narrative written and directed by Ollie Rankin and starring Tiera Skovbye (Nuses, Riverdale, Once Upon a Time).

Inspired by the classic sci-fi film Tron and the recent Netflix series, ALTERED CARBON on the concept of digitizing the human mind to allow consciousness to be simulated by an algorithm, the virtual reality short film DOWNLOADED explores that very premise. 

 

You, the viewer and your partner Lisa have built a machine known as the Atomizerator, but something has gone horribly wrong with the science experiment.

 

The digitization process has evaporated your body and transported your consciousness inside the computer, leaving you trapped and looking out to the outside world. Working together with Lisa, you must figure out how to reverse the process and go back to the real world. But beware-your actions hold the key to your escape and how Lisa will help you. So tread carefully, or you may not make it out alive.

 

DOWNLOADED is an immersive combination of cinematic live action with photo-realistic real-time game engine graphics, in a headset based VR experience that gives every viewer a different narrative experience, depending on their actions. 

 

DOWNLOADED is a very modern parable that addresses the role that technology plays in our lives. After all, are we not already—to one degree or another— trapped in our computers?

Project Themes

DOWNLOADED is a very modern parable that addresses the role that technology plays in our lives. After all, are we not already—to one degree or another— trapped in our computers?

The Team 

One of the first-ever VR narrative films, DOWNLOADED is written and directed by Vancouver based VFX veteran, Ollie Rankin, known for his VFX work on The Lord of the Rings and Matrix franchises as well as Alice: Through the Looking Glass and The Good Doctor. 

 

The producing team of Ivan Hayden and Rachelle Chartrand along with executive producer Nancy Basi, former Executive Director of Vancouver’s Film and Media Centre at the Vancouver Economic Commission, are dedicated to having Downloaded act as a showcase for Vancouver’s virtual reality, gaming, film and visual effects industries. 

Investor Testimonial

First in investor and collaborator Daniel Japiassu of YDreams Global explains why he believes DOWNLOADED is the perfect showcase for virtual reality and an ideal investment in the future of Vancouver’s immersive industries:

 

“This project represents perfectly how Virtual Reality can be a revolutionary media for storytelling. By supporting this initiative we wanted to show that YDreams Global is part of this new movement of creative interactive narratives that allows the public to live an experience, not just watch it. We hope to work in many other projects with the brilliant team responsible for DOWNLOADED. Our plan is to offer the same format to our clients, as a powerful alternative for their brand´s marketing strategy.” 

Awards

- World Premiere at the 2019 Venice Film Festival; Nominee, Venice Award for Best Virtual Reality

- 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival - Immersed Program

- 2019 Busan International Film Festival

- 2019 - VR Days - Church of VR- 2019 Cairo International Film Festival

- 2020 Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival - VR

- Listed on Forbes' 2019 "Top 50 XR Experiences"