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June 6th, 2018

Virtual Reality Reaches New Heights in the Sci-Fi Film “A Little Bit of Time”

Mark Metry Founder VU Dream

Mark Metry, Founder of VU Dream

Three filmmakers of the production company First Light Productions (Gregory M. Schroder, Anthony Rubino, and Atdhe Trepca) premiered their multi-layered sci-fi film “A Little Bit of Time” on VU Dream last weekend. The film imagines a world in the near future where virtual reality hardware has advanced to the point of becoming integrated with the human biology. Through the use of high-tech contact lenses, the characters of the film can access virtual realities from any place and at any time.

Since the creation of the film, “A Little Bit of Time” has had a successful run on the festival circuit, winning Audience Choice Award at the Zero Film Festival in New York and attaining an Official Selection at the NoHo Film Festival in Los Angeles.

The award-winning director, Atdhe Trepca, sat down with VU Dream for an in-depth interview on the future of filmmaking. Listen here.

Letter from the Director:

I am pleased to share with you “A Little Bit of Time.” While you’re watching, recognize that you are experiencing a film through celluloid, meaning that what you see is the direct capture of light and shadow from June 2nd, 2016 captured onto a film strip. Also, note that the actors in this film all prepared with different scripts. When the camera rolled, they planned for something completely different to happen. This created a real and spontaneous performance similar to what we see in day-to-day life. There is no more organic medium of cinema than celluloid and there is more natural experience than life.

Virtual reality was created in a natural world. To say that virtual reality is a non-real form of storytelling is shortsighted. One day, virtual reality will be indistinguishable from base reality. This film explores that day in the middle of a love story.

Enjoy the experience.

Meet the Filmmakers:

Produced by Anthony Rubino

Anthony Rubino has been making movies for as long as he can remember. What started with a VHS Camcorder, a few friends, and too much free time has become his passion and career, as he now endeavors to tell stories that inspire, excite, and entertain. After graduating from Villanova University with a Double Major in Finance and Communication, Specializing in Media Production, Anthony moved from his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Film and TV Development and Producing. Shortly after arriving in LA, he helped launch an

independent production company, First Light Productions, LLC, which has since gone on to produce Award-Winning Narrative Films, VR Experiences, Documentaries, Commercials, and more, with so much more to come!

Produced by Gregory M. Schroeder

Gregory M. Schroeder graduated from Villanova University in 2015 with a B.A. in Communication. That summer, he moved to Los Angeles and began working in a freelance capacity on independent film productions. Since April 2016 he has produced independent short films and spec commercials with his company, First Light Productions LLC. The first of these productions, the short film A LITTLE BIT OF TIME directed by Atdhe Trepca, received official selection at the 2018 North Hollywood Cinefest and won the Audience Award at the 2017 Zero Film Festival – New York. Gregory started at AFI Conservatory in the fall of 2017 as a Producing Fellow and recently completed the 1st year of the program.

Director of Photography: Mike Maliwanag

Mike is a cinematographer based in Los Angeles. He has cut his teeth working in the lighting department on motion picture films and now works as a full time cinematographer. His work has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival as well as other film festivals across the U.S. Mike continues to shoot branded, commercial, and online content along with his love for narrative films.


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We’ve seen a tremendous amount of disruptive change coming from the Virtual and Augmented Reality Industry. These few years are the first steps towards a prosperous future. It is surely certain that this kind of content will accelerate based on future trends.

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