It was a pleasure to work on the VR film Dinner Party as an Art Director. Dinner Party is set as a reimagining of the first Alien Abduction experience that was widely publicized in 1960’s America. This is the story that created that image of bright alien lights behind your car, down a lonesome road.
The substance of this story, and what makes it topical in today’s America, is that the characters abducted were a biracial couple – Betty, a white female, and Barney, a black male – living during the height of the civil rights movement. We wanted to remake this story in a way that permitted our audience to perceive how the same event could be received so differently by these two characters, in such a polarized world. We wanted viewers to experience the story from a perspective and from an environment that wasn’t necessarily their own.