Imago is Virtual Reality short film produced by Project Hypnos, an interdisciplinary team of graduate students at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center. This project was developed to explore questions of film language, story structure and production techniques for 360 degree film. Imago was created as a proof of concept, utilizing our research and pipeline to create an immersive story driven experience.
Imago transplants the viewer into the body of Sam, a former dancer who after a devastating accident, has been left with the inability to communicate or move, despite being fully mentally capable. This film explores the struggles of a family trying to cope with the disability; some fervently advocating for your cognizance, while others insist that they must all move on. The film then focuses inward, exploring thought through dance and abstract imagery, all within the lens of Sam's own mind.