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Rascali Releases VR Episodic Trailers

Trailers for Sci-Fi Series 'Raven' and Immersive Fairytales 'Storybox' By Ko Maruyama
Are you as excited to see more VR content being created as I am?  Rascali is delivering new projects with "Raven" and "Storybox."

VR content developer Rascali debuted trailers for its first episodic VR projects, "Raven" and "Storybox," on YouTube, Facebook/Oculus Video, Jaunt, Littlstar, Vrideo and Samsung MilkVR.

The trailers were produced in partnership with China's multi-screen entertainment and media giant Youku Tudou, and premiered at a live event as part of the Youku VR platform launch on May 11, 2016. The live-action sci-fi series "Raven" and animated fairytale "Storybox" are the first 360° narrative projects developed by Rascali, which launched in November 2015 as the VR content lab division of VR game developer Reload Studios, creators of "World War Toons".

'When we launched our new Youku VR platform, we wanted to have examples of compelling content that showcase the potential for episodic programming in virtual reality. We turned to Rascali because we knew that they had the experience to bring Hollywood caliber production quality and storytelling to VR projects,' said Ryan Cheung, Vice President of Finance of Youku Tudou.

'Aligning with an online video leader like Youku Tudou brings us closer to our vision of becoming a premium content studio in the global VR marketplace,' said head of Rascali, Phillip Moses, 'These trailers are just the tip of the iceberg, and we look forward to expanded partnerships with additional production/distribution partners to further develop this next generation of episodic programming.'

In the sci-fi saga 'Raven,' viewers follow a team of astronauts on their quest throughout the galaxy to find a new home for humanity, which has turned the Earth into a toxic environment. The otherworldly adventure allows viewers to travel through uncharted space with 360° views of the galaxy and the Earth below.

In the trailer for the animated series 'Storybox,' viewers become immersed in whimsical fairytales via humorous and lighthearted retellings of classic bedtime stories. Each story places the viewer inside a theater presenting wraparound tales that appeal to kids of all ages and the young at heart.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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