With a comedic twist, UTURN is an immersive live-action VR series where you get to experience both sides of the gender divide. We aim to raise engagement towards gender diversity through this inclusive experience.
UTURN innovates by placing the viewers in the middle of two intertwined stories, told from a female or a male character perspective. Viewers can choose what perspective to watch at any time. Only the scene being looked at can be heard through a unique spatial sound design. Whatever they miss changes their perspective on the overall story.
Episode One Tagline:
What happens when a young female coder joins a male-dominated floundering startup that’s deep in an identity crisis?
Episode One Outline:
A dog-themed dating site goes down due to a data center server interruption that sweeps the nation. It is up to a female developer and her male teammates to get their site up and running again before their CTO, who’s juggling his own problems, has to make a pivotal pitch to VCs the next day.
The 4 episodes of the series will follow several women working in tech at different companies and stages in their career. It will also follows several of their male colleagues who struggle to become women allies in their professional and personal lives. Each episode illustrates various gender issues faced by women at the workplace: being valued and heard, being promoted, getting support while raising a family, being recognized as a leader, raising funds as an entrepreneur, etc.
“Episode One: The Tech Startup” has been fully produced by NativeVR and released online on Feb 2018. It is available for private viewing or public screenings. Other episodes have been produced for a private partner company in 2019 and are not publicly available.
Credits Episode One:
Created by Nathalie Mathe & Justin Chin
Written & Directed by: Ryan Lynch
Creative Director: Nathalie Mathe
DP/Editor: Justin Chin
Sound Design: Shaun Farley
Starring: Sophia DiPaola and Steve Goldbloom
Produced by NativeVR
Running time: 10 min (Linear experience) – 20 min (Full content)
Platform: GearVR (more headsets to come) or Samsung phone in magic window mode