I suppose inherently this VR film developed by Penrose Studios is 3d animation. But its also illustration, detailed set design, experiential, writing, fabrication… its a deeper layer of everything. The production manager notes “We can’t rely on the camera angles to help compose the story… we have to design a set that can be seen from different angles,” and i love the way Writer/Director Eugene Chung describes VR (as a storytelling, filmmaking tool) “this medium is so new, that its almost like we’re trying to paint a picture, but we’re also trying to design the paintbrush at the same time.”
Allumette tells the story of a young orphan girl who lives in a fantastical city in the clouds. After enduring tragedy, she grasps at hope for her future. Loosely inspired by “The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Andersen, Allumette is an account of the love a mother and daughter have for one another, and the sacrifices they make for the greater good.