Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian VR Doc 'Made This Way' to Make Debut at Venice Film Festival

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian VR Doc 'Made This Way' to Make Debut at Venice Film Festival

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'Made This Way' VR doc to debut at Venice

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TORONTO - A Canadian-made virtual reality film exploring how two transgender individuals are challenging gender norms will make its international debut at the Venice Film Festival, which kicked off Wednesday.

"Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity" combines an immersive documentary and an installation of photography, co-created by Toronto-based photographer Irem Harnak and filmmaker Elli Raynai.

The film was made using volumetric capturing, a technique that creates 3D video models, and allows the viewer to move through the virtual environment and around the subjects, letting them examine all the different angles of the immersive, computer-generated world.

The experience puts users in virtual environments inspired by the memories and stories of Elijah Miley, who identifies as a transgender man, and Devyn Farries, who identifies as non-binary, as they speak of their identities and transitions. …

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