Filmmaker talks about his inspiration for Short Circuit program’s new VR experience and the differences between storytelling in virtual reality versus other media.
AWN is pleased to share a brand-new SIGGRAPH 2019 video interview with Bruce Wright, the director of a kite’s tale, the new VR experience from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
a kite’s tale, which premiered this week at SIGGRAPH 2019, was created within Disney Animation’s innovative Short Circuit program, which gives anyone within the studio the opportunity to participate in a blind submission and be selected for the opportunity to direct their short film idea. The program has produced 20 short films thus far, with a kite’s tale being the second VR film (the first, Jeff Gipson’s Cycles, debuted at SIGGRAPH 2018.
In the interview, Wright shares his inspiration for the project as well as talks about the differences between storytelling in VR versus other media, and the role of VR in film/storytelling. The film combines classic hand-drawn animation and the latest innovations in virtual reality to tell the whimsical tale of two kites; a playful puppy (with a wagging tail) and a pompous dragon who clash, tangle, and ultimately must learn to live with one another subject to the winds of fate.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.