Gagliano previously won the first-ever Emmy for a VR experience in 2015. Now he and producer David Oppenheim, who works at the National Film Board of Canada, are experimenting with a kind of storytelling they call dynamic film. “We see Agence as a sort of silent-era dynamic film,” says Oppenheim. “It’s a beginning, not a blockbuster.”
Agence was debuted at the Venice International Film Festival last month and was released this week to watch/play via Steam, an online video-game platform. The basic plot revolves around a group of creatures and their appetite for a mysterious plant that appears on their planet. Can they control their desire, or will they destabilize the planet and get tipped to their doom? Survivors ascend to another world. After several ascensions, there is a secret ending, says Oppenheim.
Gagliano and Oppenheim want viewers to have the option of sitting back and watching a story unfold,