AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND — Conical, an innovative and progressive video games and animation studio, is soon launching The Green Fairy, a whimsical fantasy adventure in virtual reality to be enjoyed by all ages.
The company is the successful recipient of the Epic MegaGrant by Epic Games, creator of the Unreal Engine, harnessed by computer artists and developers.
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The 2016 prototype was released across Westfield shopping malls in New Zealand, and Conical has now fast-tracked production of their magical storyworld IP with support from the New Zealand Film Commission. The 10-minute-long virtual reality movie will be released internationally on June 24, 2021, to coincide with International Fairy Day. Participants can Add to Wishlist on supported platforms Valve’s Steam VR, Oculus Rift and Quest by Facebook.
Additionally, the AR and VR specialist has spun together a 9-part Vlog series with the support of Epic Games where fans will soon view via The Green Fairy Instagram and Facebook pages and YouTube channel. The Green Fairy Vlog series preview can be found at https://youtu.be/T4WlisDZpZg . The original 3D animated TV series was successfully received by audiences during its first début in 2018, televised nationwide in New Zealand with TVNZ, NZ On Air and NZ Film Commission.
“The future of Conical and The Green Fairy franchise is experiencing an exciting and innovative leap of progression – our vision along with support by key global industry partners, the like of Epic Games is to disrupt the family entertainment market through immersive entertainment. In future iterations, we plan to introduce artificial intelligence for next-gen storytelling to promote a fully interactive Green Fairy experience,” says Alejandro Davila, founder and creative producer at Conical.
The team harnesses the latest in real-time tools and technologies such as the Unreal Engine, NVIDIA, Oculus and HTC VIVE. The studio draws on cutting-edge motion capture techniques blending full-body movements performed by actors in New Zealand at the AUT Mocap Studio Lab, with facial capture and lip-syncing performances for the lead roles by acclaimed US voiceover actors from Disney, Nickelodeon, and game characters seen in Castlevania, Final Fantasy VII, Pokemon Playhouse, Warframe and Marvel Avengers Academy. Professional motion capture suite Motion Analysis enabled realistic body motion, whilst Faceware and Go-Pro cameras, were the preferred choice for facial tracking.
The Conical team merges the entire pipeline to successfully bring to life fantastical CG animated virtual characters and worlds for an exciting immersive storytelling experience. Participants play along in the interactive adventures of the female-led characters, Green, Red and Yellow Fairy’s – with quirky modern-day attitudes, their home base is within a bustling traffic light where the clever trio outwit the clutches of the lurking Fairy Catchers during hunting raids to capture all fairies.
Follow the adventures of a little Green Fairy who is driven from her beloved home by the terrifying Fairy Catchers – she has no choice but to find a new place to live! As she embarks on her journey to the ‘Big Little City’, it is only through sheer faith and perseverance that she can overcome the rejection from other fairies and find her true place in the world.
The Green Fairy VR Movie will be available for free to download on the June 24, 2021 (International Fairy Day). Add to your Wishlist from June 1, 2021, on Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, and Steam VR. View The Green Fairy Vlog series first episode on the June 1, 2021, followed with bi-weekly viewings via the Conical social media platforms Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.