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Jailbirds – A fantastical tales between dream and reality



JAILBIRDS takes place in a modern hell prison ruled by a vicious CHIEF WARDEN. But in this living nightmare one guy, FELIX. One tall, muscular gang member is always happy. He lives in serenity and peace of the mind spending his days between crayon drawings and meditation. It enrages the CHIEF WARDEN. For him, the inmates are here to suffer and pay their debt to society. So he’ll do everything he can to discover Felix’s secret. It’s through BOOKER, Felix’s cellmate that CHIEF WARDEN will discover the truth: Every nights FELIX drinks a potion made by his grandmother and his eyeballs deploy dragonfly wings and fly out of his body to see the outside world. FELIX is a free man in jail.



JAILBIRDS is a NARRATIVE EXPERIENCE designed to be both a 3 times 5 minutes ROOM-SCALE VR series and a S3D animation short film.

It’s an adaptation written and directed by Thomas Villepoux from the comics story PAULOT S’EVADE by Belgian Author Philippe FOERSTER . Published in 1988 in the french satiristic magazine FLUIDE GLACIAL.

JAILBIRDS is an expressionist experience where the immersion is done in a universe sometimes dreamlike and sometimes nightmarish. It is a bittersweet, ironic fantasy tale about the freedom of men, alternating between claustrophobic sequences within a prison and frenzied flights through beautiful landscapes.

The freedom of movement offered by the 6 degrees of freedom devices (Oculus, PSVR, HTC VIVE), takes on a special meaning with JAILBIRDS. It becomes a new tool of narration, a possibility to intentionally frustrate the spectator, to build envy and offer additional symbolism in which the spectator is involved.



Digital Rise is partnering with belgian cinema producers Be.Revolutions Pictures and U.S. VR pioneer Reverse Engineering Studio on this thrilling immersive experience. DVgroup has also supported the project in its development through a technical support.


JAILBIRDS has already been three time awarded in its development for the quality of its story and technical innovations. It has been granted by French commission CNC in development, by Region Nouvelle Aquitaine as Département de la Charente.



3 x 5 minutes Story / VR-S3D Parallax shifting experience by Thomas Villepoux

A Co-Production – Digital Rise – Be Revolution Pictures. With the support from Wallimage, Belgian Federation, CNC-XN, Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Département de la Charente, Pôle Image Magelis and Reverse Engineering Studio.