immersive theatre experience + VR movie
Mechanical Souls is a collaborative immersive live experience, powered by VR, analytic engine, live actors, and your own sleuthing skills.
In Mechanical Souls, the audience attends a wedding in Taïwan where beta-model android helps as bridesmaid, and AI (with machine learning and real-time story engine) guides you through your own personal journey.
It is one of the first VR productions where an AI-powered story engine was used to ensure every user a unique experience, tailored specifically to them.
In this virtual-reality spectacle, a sumptuous wedding is about to take place. Mrs. Song has found a good match for Zhen-Zhen, the heir of the rich Zang family. She spares no expense and hires wedding androids to help with the ceremony. But something has gone wrong. And it’s your job, as a new Mechlife employee, to figure it out.
‘Mechanical Souls is off-kilter. It’s self-aware and awkward in a good way, tongue-in-cheek, actually rather cheeky… a stab at revealing what we’re passing off as ‘human’ these days.’
It’s about perspective.
It’s about manipulation.
It’s about responsibility.
Exploring questions on ethics within surreal settings is a recurring theme that ties stories of Gaëlle Mourre together.
Director: Gaëlle Mourre
Screenwriters: Gaëlle Mourre, L.P.Lee
Photography: Céline Tricart
Stereography: Thomas Villepoux
Music: Jasmin Kent Rodgman
Coproduced: Digital Rise and Serendipity, in association with DVgroup and Kaohsiung Film Archive
VR cast: Janet Hsieh, Patty Lee, George Young, Ann Lang, Sharon Landon
Live cast: Sonia Roszczuk, Paweł Smagała
Gaëlle Mourre is an Immersive Director and screenwriter based in London. Having lived in Asia, the US and Europe, Gaëlle brings her cultural experiences into the worlds that she creates in her films. Gaëlle won the special jury recognition film award at SWSX 22 for her latest immersive project and has been selected as a Berlinale Talent 2022. In 2021 she was given the “Most Promising Creator” award by Eurofest XR at Stereopsia 2021.
Previous projects have been in official selection at festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Venice Production Bridge, Series Mania, LSFF and more.
„Mechanical Souls” premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2019. It won Best VR Stereography at the EMEA Lumière Awards 2019 and continues to tour internationally after initial runs in Europe, the US and Asia. In 2020-2021 Gaëlle Creative Directed the Mechanical Souls Graphic Novel adaptation in English, French and Mandarin.