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It was the first edition of Cannes XR and que s’est-il passé là-bas? The debut of Cannes XR was certainly not the first event on immersive for conference veteran Elie Levasseur. As a Head of Programming behind Paris’ Cross Video Days for five years, he is used to scouting for the best XR work from across the globe.

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A.R. Rahman

Red carpet events were absent in the basement of the Palais, but on Tuesday the buzz and excitement (and photographers) surrounding A.R. Rahman felt like one. On stage to talk about Le Musk, a sensory virtual reality experience. Rahman is multi-Academy and Grammy award-winning musician, composer and singer, most famous for his music in Slumdog Millionaire. He talked about his collaboration with Intel Studios and his debut as VR director.

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Ravi Velhal & Diego Prilusky

Chief Creative and General Manager at Intel Studios, Diego Prilusky details the timeless magic of Grease and how it was re-imagined in newer technology from pixels to voxels. A big believer in volumetric capturing, Diego tells what it was like to work with Randal Kleiser, the original director for the film version of Grease–released over 40 years ago! Global Content Technology Strategist, Ravi Velhal talked about the enormous amount of data that goes into these productions to enhance storytelling.

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Julie Perion & Wiebe van den ende

While Incitement is performing well and getting traction in a lot of festivals, its makers, a Dutch-French duo, is hot on the trails of new work. Their new transmersive VR series is part of the Kaleidoscope Development Showcase and will consist of five thrilling chapters of two episodes told in non-chronological order.

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Gayatri Parameswaran

Bombay-born but Berlin-based, Gayatri Parameswaran, another selectee of the Kaleidoscope Development Showcase shared some of the harrowing behind the scenes from her documentary piece Home After War and her Kaleidoscope piece Kusunda, which immerses the viewer in the world of a dying language.

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Danilo Moura Silva

Longtime Sony post- and production technologist Danilo used photogrammetry and volumetric video capture to make 7 Miracles. The seven-part episodic feature runs over 70 minutes, making it the first feature-length cinematic experience from Vive Studios. Danilo discussed some of the techniques involved to produce images in 8K.

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Mathieu Gayet

Fabio Hofnik (Brazil) & Mathieu Gayet (France) have joined forces to create XRDB, a new resource for the immersive community. An online database, XRDB is dedicated to all digital immersive content such as 360 films, VR, AR and other immersive experiences.

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