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Serendipity is a young production company based in Taipei, Taiwan, with expertise  in films, web/television series, virtual reality (VR) production. Serendipity Films aims to create art, that fuses culture on the screen, to reflect life. With colleagues in Asia, America, and Europe, we strive to professionally and flexibly, create surprises and show creativities in multi-mediums.

The company’s productions are purposed for the creative imagination and seek to combine culture and skilled storytelling, with new technologies, for the pleasure of an international viewing audience. With experience as part of teams attached to film production, story-world building, and script development, our goal is to develop productions that can connect to the modern society and engage audiences, and work to bring our vision of storytelling to the world.

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Great Hoax: The Moon Landing Crash-Lands at the 77th Venice International Film Festival

Great Hoax: The Moon Landing Crash-Lands at the 77th Venice International Film Festival

VENICE, ITALY – Serendipity teams up for a 2nd VR project with John Hsu, the director of the beloved VR comedy, Your Spiritual Temple Sucks, co-produced with 3DAR, the animation company behind the award winning VR series, Gloomy Eyes, and co-directed by Marco Lococo, to create the political satire, Great Hoax: The Moon Landing. Today, ...
Abel Ferrara VR Project ‘Birds of Prey’ Among NewImages Festival’s XR Competition Lineup

Abel Ferrara VR Project ‘Birds of Prey’ Among NewImages Festival’s XR Competition Lineup

Variety By Leo Barraclough– NewImages Festival has unveiled the XR competition lineup for its 3rd edition, running at Forum des Images in Paris from Sept. 23-27. Sixteen VR or AR projects, including six world premieres, have been selected from the 130 submitted to compete for the Masque d’Or and two Special Jury Prizes. One of the world ...
Mechanical Souls to Screen at SXSW 2019’s Virtual Cinema Program

Mechanical Souls to Screen at SXSW 2019’s Virtual Cinema Program

Austin, TX – The pilot episode of Mechanical Souls, a multi-segmented narrative VR series which fuses high-cinema production with game-story technology will be screened at South by Southwest 2019 as part of the festival’s Virtual Cinema Program. Currently a seven-part 360° stereoscopic experience directed by Gaëlle Mourre and written by Mourre and L.P. Lee, Mechanical ...
Taiwanese Director’s Virtual Reality Short Film To Be Showcased At SXSW

Taiwanese Director’s Virtual Reality Short Film To Be Showcased At SXSW

By Duncan Deaeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer- John Hsu’s VR project ‘Your Spiritual Temple Sucks’ was recommended by the Ministry of Culture and the American Institute in Taiwan TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A virtual reality short film from Taiwanese director, John Hsu (徐漢強), will be showcased at the SXSW Festival taking place in Austin Texas over ...

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Great Hoax: The Moon Landing

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An interactive VR comedy about the Taiwanese faking a moon-landing, in which you play the first Taiwanese astronaut on the moon. Follow instructions from the director to give your most heroic performance… until you watch the finished video and realize how outrageous it all has become.

Directed By

John Hsu is interested in digital culture, social technology, comedy and sci-fi films, with a fun and satirical sense of humor.  His first VR comedy short, Your Spiritual Temple Sucks, was officially selected by Sundance Film Festival New Frontier 2018. Working with a humorous approach to social commentary in mind, he has been creating work that resonates with the cyber generation. In 2018, he started working on a feature film, an adaptation of an internationally distributed Taiwanese Indie Game, Detention, which won him the Best New Director and Best Adapted Screenplay of Golden Horse Award.

Marco Lococo directed two VR Series titles of major reach called “Water Bear”, and “Dessert Island”. He was part of the team behind multi-award winner “Shave it” and “Uncanny Valley”, 3Dar’s originals short films. He was part of the team that created Lil Dicky’s “Earth” video clip as Animation Producer. As to this date it has more than 100 million views on Youtube only, creating all these types of work that resonates with the digital world.

The Story

In 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Despite all the conspiracy theories around it, The US successfully showed the world was a powerful a country can accomplish. 50 years later, people in Taiwan are struggling between an identity crisis and economic fluctuations, hoping for something or someone that would show up and save the day.

This desire, is why you are hired as to be a national hero – the very first Taiwanese who lands on the moon. However, without the budget for space exploration, a fake moon- landing video will need to be made, just like in the famous Kubrick conspiracy.

The whole shooting is in a studio, decorated like the surface of the Moon, with a film crew and government agents watching over the operation. You follow orders from the director, doing all the heroic actions and poses while playing around on set by throwing objects at the crew, antagonizing them.

Finally, comes the release day. You wait for the broadcast in your dingy apartment, only to realize it’s not about a moon-landing anymore – it has becomes a cheesy Taiwanese karaoke music video, done like a propaganda campaign.  Your previous heroic actions become goofy dance moves to accompany the song. As fireworks boom around the island, you feel isolated. The surroundings start disappearing, as if you are still on that fake moon, looking at Taiwan on the Earth, the little island that will soon be forgotten like you, leaving you to try and explore the cosmos yourself.

Interactive Experience

Great Hoax: The Moon Landing is a 6DOF room-scale interactive VR experience that comes in 6 scenes. You play as the little-known actor, role-playing an astronaut hired by the government to help a famous film director fake the moon-landing video. In each scene, you gradually learn how to follow instructions from the director, completing tasks on the (fake) moon.

The whole experience will be rendered in real-time CG. As the director talks to you on set, you can walk around on the fake moon landscape, interact with objects like a national flag to be planted, moon rocks to be thrown, and director’s instructions to be ignored.

After finishing the shooting, you will watch the complete moon landing video on a TV in the protagonist’s apartment, witnessing the final outcome you helped achieved, which goes to a totally unexpected and hilarious direction.

Project Overview

PRESENTED BY  

PTS, Kaohsiung Film Archive,  Serendipity

PRODUCED BY  

Serendipity, 3DAR

PRODUCERS 

Estela Valdivieso Chen, Adam Cullen Young, German Heller

TYPE  VR Animation

FORMAT  Interactive 6DOF

RUNTIME  15-20 mins

LANGUAGE  English, Mandarin

COUNTRY  Taiwan, Argentina

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