“Truffle Pig” is the story of a man and his pig on their daily morning expedition into a dark forest in search of truffles. Their journey is interrupted when the two suddenly find something far more intriguing than a mushroom. The experience becomes immersive upon their unexpected discovery, transporting the viewer into the body of our hero. It is now up to the player to find their way home through a series of visually striking – and sometimes perplexing – settings and milestones.
“Truffle Pig” began as a small internal endeavor at Gentleman Scholar’s Los Angeles based studio, but turned into something much bigger when Creative Directors and Partners, William Campbell and Will Johnson, began playing with the idea of extending the animated experience into VR. “We always love the challenge of attempting something we’ve never done before. For us, creating an Oculus experience seemed like a perfect combination of animation and storytelling through new technologies,” says Campbell. “We just jumped in.”
The project was a very collaborative experiment, with Associate Creative Director JP Rooney, CG Supervisor/Unreal Developer Tim Hayward, and Art Director Trevor Conrad leading the pack through the extensive undertaking. From conception through animation, to building multiple worlds in Unreal Engine, the Gentleman Scholar team had complete freedom to create the whimsical and surreal framework of “Truffle Pig.” “Sometimes creating projects for ourselves is harder than creating work for a client. We tend to be impossibly hard on ourselves, in a good way,” says Rooney. “‘Truffle Pig’ allowed everyone in the studio to bring something to the table.” The final result is a kaleidoscopic, enchantingly supernatural ride.
As an inaugural leap into Oculus Rift & VR experiences, the team at Gentleman Scholar views “Truffle Pig” as one of the first of many projects to come as they join the ever-growing virtual reality movement. “We have a long way to go to really tap into the true potential of what VR can offer the commercial and storytelling community. It’s all about feeling something, a connection to the world you’re journeying through,” Johnson added. With a downloadable version for both Oculus Rift & PC, Gentleman Scholar welcomes players and viewers alike to experience the adventure for themselves.
Find out more: http://gentlemanscholar.com/works/truffle-pig/