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Virtual Reality Film 'Arapaho' Will Take Viewers 'Into the Heart of the Tribe'

Will 'Arapaho,' a proposed film about Native Americans, become the second live-action virtual-reality feature film ever made?
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Cinemersia, a production company specializing in cutting-edge virtual reality technology, has announced its second VR feature film: "Arapaho."

"I wanted to do something epic this time, on a grand scale visually and experientially," said Arapaho's writer and director, David Marlett, according to a news release. "Imagine Dances with Wolves, only you are out there, with them, not sitting in a theater."

Cameron Ayres, Chief Technology Officer at Cinermesia, said that filming would be accomplished with "a large, spherical, cinema camera rig to be suspended below a helicopter."

Demonstration of filming technique for VR project 'Arapaho.' Source:

"David's story design will take you right into the heart of the tribe, alongside them as they hunt buffalo," added Joy Slate, Director of Operations. "No matter where you look, it will appear you're alone with them on the prairie. It's going to be breath taking."

Cinemersia says that the project the company has just wrapped, MansLaughter, is the first live-action VR feature film as well as the longest VR film ever made.

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Here's the description of "Arapaho":

In 1852, on the Great Northern Plains of America, Black Eagle rouses his Arapaho hunters, plays with his children, and eats smoked venison strips as his sister paints his face for the hunt. When finished, he pauses to lift prayers to the Spirits. It will be three days before he and the buffalo party return, hopefully with the success he now prays for. But all know his other prayer, what weights his heart and fills his thoughts. His wife, Sun Bird, was kidnapped by a Pawnee raiding party over two moons prior and remains lost. Every ride out, every hunt, is a chance for Black Eagle to search new ground, to seek any sign of her. Today he feels she is near.

The company aims to begin filming in early 2016, on location in Wyoming or North Dakota.

Another look at how filming would be accomplished for the VR project 'Arapaho.' Source:

Multi-camera rig suspended from a helicopter. Source:

An 8-camera rig used to capture 360-degree shots for a virtual reality film. Source: