Kiira Benzing: A Multidimensional Director on a Volumetric Journey
Kiira Benzing is an award-winning multi-dimensional director crossing the mediums of theater, hybrid cinema and virtual reality. Cardboard City, her first venture in Virtual Reality, won the first Samsung Gear Indie Milk VR contest back in 2016. She directed Runnin’ starring Reggie Watts and featuring volumetric capture, which premiered at Sundance 2019 and received the Jury Award for Interactive at SXSW 2019. Benzing is the first VR director to have filmed at Intel Studios. In this podcast our host Pieter Van Leugenhagen interviewed Kiira Benzing and discussed the influence of theatre in her being as a VR Director and the importance of diversity on set.
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Set in a retro-future world, this interactive VR dance experience is driven by Reggie Watts’ and John Tejada’s soaring track, Runnin’. Players are given a super power that brings the dance floor to life through your movement. Putting the player at center stage of this surreal virtual world, a cast of volumetric dancers welcome players to the dance like nobody’s watching.