Queerskins VR is an embodied story that explores the range of experiences from love to loss, and the shame, regret, and fears around sexual identity. It’s got a magical realism aesthetic that transports you back to the 80s AIDS crisis as two devout Catholic parents drive to the grave of their gay son. You can hear their conversations as you rifle through a box of diary entries and objects that represent a lifetime of memories. It uses a wide range of volumetric capture approaches from Depthkit to photogrammetry,and stylized 360 video that results in an extremely compelling and transportative experience.
I talked with Queerskins writer and director Illya Szilak and creative and technical director Cyril Tsiboulski at the Games for Change Conference in June 2019 about their journey into VR, their production process, their accompanying installation and photo documentary project, and their future plans of other embodied stories they want to tell.
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