ROME: 3 Dreams in BlackIvan | Fri, 2011-05-13 22:02
3 Dreams of Black, the newest music experience, written and directed by Chris Milk, and developed in collaboration with Google, and produced by @radical.media launches today. The song, “Black,” comes off the album ROME, presented by Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi, featuring Jack White and Norah Jones on vocals and soon to be released on the record label Parlophone/EMI. ROME is inspired by Italian soundtracks from the 1960s and the classic Italian Western genre. In fact, the album was recorded with the original orchestra from Italian director Sergio Leone’s westerns (for example, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly).
“3 Dreams of Black” is a visual voyage through three dream worlds of Temple, a girl born after the apocalypse, told through rich 2D drawings and animations that are interspersed with interactive 3D sequences. At various points in this web experience, users can take control with their computer’s mouse for a journey through the unfolding narrative. In addition, users are able to contribute to the dream by creating their own relics using a 3D model creator. Some of the best user creations will be integrated into the experience and become a part of others’ “3 Dreams” exploration. For Milk, this film experience is just the beginning of a much longer transmedia story that will unfold across multiple mediums over time.
In “3 Dreams in Black”, the browser is transformed into a theater for Temple’s lucid virtual dreams through WebGL, a new technology which brings hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to the browser. WebGL in modern browsers like Google Chrome, enables users to interact with 3D experiences with no need for additional software. For curious web developers, Google has made all the code completely open and available for experimentation.
Last August, Milk’s interactive film, “The Wilderness Downtown” brought the wistful feeling of nostalgia to users, as they used their web browsers to run down the streets of their childhood, in an HTML5 music experience based on the Arcade Fire song “We Used to Wait.”
Milk first collaborated with Aaron Koblin of Google Creative Lab on last year’s award-winning “The Johnny Cash Project.”
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