Follow the White Rabbit, VR Magic…

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For many of us, a cherished rite of passage includes a time of magical beings, infinite possibility, and a world in which anything is possible – a youthful sense of wonderment that calls to mind Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic, ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

This year, Dexter Studios Visual Effects company is honored to debut the Wonderland-esque brainchild of Director and technological visionary Chuck Chae at ‘Festival de Cannes’, commonly known as Cannes Film Festival.


“Call it an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ for 2018 if you will”, noted actress Kelly Frances, who portrays the English heroine, An-Huisu.


‘Follow the White Rabbit’ is a short VR experience; inspired by the elements that its inspiration encapsulates; yet enhanced by unique motion and visual technology made possible through customized gear designed by Chae, who additionally headed the film’s VR narrative, motion design, film and dubbing direction.


“I think of the project as a collective gift to all those seeking magic in entertainment”, noted Chae. “As a director, I enjoy merging genres, cultures and experimentation.”

The film features MBC’s award winning actress Jung Da-bin, and Canadian voice and TV actress Kelly Frances, jointly portraying the heroine ‘An Huisu’ – an ordinary teenaged girl from Korea with a sense of ‘something missing’.


While Jung is shown in Korean viewings, Frances’ voice is dubbed over Jungs’ for global purposes and debuting at Cannes.


Scored by American Composer Steffen Schmidt, recipient of ‘Best Score’ honors at the ME (Milledgeville-Eatonton) Film Festival, ‘Find the White Rabbit’ combines artistry and influence of both east and west.


To accommodate the film’s technological prowess, a device known as “HOMI”, accompanied by VR “viewers” was crafted.


HOMI is best described as a moveable, ‘chair-like’ apparatus; providing a gentle, rollercoaster-like experience – an added dimension of reality in interactive story-telling.


Like the traditional Alice, Huisu is in search of deeper truth, and finds herself transported from her home in Korea to a strange land in search of “that certain magical something”.


The interactivity factor within VR films, particularly in “Follow the White Rabbit” invests the audience, due in part to technology that allows a shared experience surpassing the status quo, and the ability to experience the characters viewpoint in multi-faceted fashion.


In Chae’s narrative, verbal engagement by Huisu invokes an emotional quality, as she shares her internal journey, questions inclusive. To quote the 80’s classic, she is a teenager found to grow “couriouser and couriouser”.


“I’m excited that the world can experience a multinational collaboration of gifted artists who have joined me on this journey, from Seoul to the Cannes Film festival. It’s very humbling.”




Now, it’s becoming more possible than ever to achieve greatness…more confusing, overwhelming, overall exciting…choose your set of adjectives-


That is a challenge facing artists, scientists, charities and NGOs alike. I once was extremely critical of what appeared to be a NON-culture regarding fundraising – excluding CSR ventures. I had good reason to be. I still do. I know what I am here.  I am a 3rd class citizen on a sunny day: a foreign woman in Korea claiming to be a leader. There will always be those who cannot wrap their heads around that reality being ‘acceptable’ in their slice of normal, or possible to take seriously – simply because they grew up with a set of ‘norms’ that are vastly different from my own and their schemas (great word), or those rules, are what help them cope. I will never rob anyone of the right to disrespect me honestly. ‘i also won’t give them credibility based on ignorance. \it can make for a shitty day when the confrontations occur, and it sure doesn’t take years as a model turned female CEO in Asia to feel the shift in status perception go paradoxically icy cold.

Every once in a while, a fan will contact me and frantically ask for a little guidance about the direction of their lives, which they believe”oughta be all sorted out by now”. Aside from the bitter-sweet reminder of my age (kidding – sort of^^), I often have a chuckle over the reality that these questions appear to follow us throughout our lives. It never fails to humble me; just last week I made a video and a little sign for an adorable gent named Jo who watched me on the news with Seung-beck, bless him…man I miss that one.KakaoTalk_Photo_2018-03-12-16-55-11

Fast forward to 2016, and many of my favorite projects transpired from online fundraising. The use of online tools seems to have made a glorious impact on how we assist those in crisis, raise money for art, collaborate…the possibilities are endless and wonderful. Regular people can raise money in a casual way. It’s pretty awesome.

Don’t mistake me, asking people to extend a generous hand when the economy is often tough and can be crummy as disasters surround us… this is hardly an easy or wrinkle-free endeavor. that aside, a big smile, standing firmly by truth* (people can smell pretense a mile away – make sure you don’t fall into the trap of having to convince yourself of your reality!), and feel free to sugar coat or sour coat but always, always keep your soundbites BS-free. Don’t allow the worries of ‘what if just in case there is a slight chance” to rob you of a good possibility, or simply of the potential for change. It doesn’t happen on it’s own, and nothing obliterates passionate expression like a deficit of nerve when it counts, and in activism, it always counts as those chances are few and far between – a cliche I borrowed from my hometown.

Thanks to the IoT, regular people can raise money for a good idea through the use of several user friendly websites. That’s one of the positive aspects of what is becoming a very SMS immersed time, and Korea is into it. Crowdfunding is absolutely being embraced embraced by Koreans.

I now look to the casual net as much as I do to the investment world. The best part of this is, you needn’t be a connected person to be effective – only someone with inspiration and persistence. It’s a great thing, truly.

It’s no secret my activist’s soul has shifted a little into to ethics in entertainment, but my ties to bears is still present and always will be. It remains to be seen what role I may play at this point, one that I am saddened to have reached without the idealistic solution that we’d all hoped for, following in Jill’s footsteps at AAF…with our president in such an unprecedented situation, this will be an interesting year.