“One Night in Hell” preorders launch exclusively on iTunes internationally on 3 November 2014, along with soundtrack by Brian May, and an app from the App Store with additional free music video, broadcast and film festival screenings. Preorders begin 27 October 2014.
LONDON – From international award-winning animation studio and production company Unanico Group, and visionary rock musician Brian May, a 3D phenomenon of 1860s Paris is unleashed on the 21st century. In association with The London Stereoscopic Company, “One Night in Hell” is a devilish and spectacular animation short that tells the story of one skeleton’s journey into a stereoscopic Hell.
Using an innovative combination of CGI, 2D and stop motion animation, the film brings to life, for the first time, the Diableries stereo cards that have fascinated devotees for over 150 years and inspired the earliest film-makers, including Georges Méliès. Adapted from the book, “Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell” by Brian May, Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming, the film is a satanic 6 minutes and 66 seconds long, styled after the traditional Diableries stereo cards from 19th century France. “One Night in Hell” is directed by Jason Jameson and James Hall and the soundtrack features new music specially composed by Brian May. The film’s sound has been mixed in state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos sound providing the utmost clarity, richness and detail in selected cinemas.
Commenting on the Diableries and “One Night in Hell”, Brian May says, “My dream has been to bring these wonders of the 19th century into the present day, in a form in which they could be enjoyed by a new audience. When Paul and his team first showed me a 30 second demo of their idea of animation, and for the first time, one of the skeletons came to life and banged a drum, I thought, here we have a very significant piece of magic which will engage a new generation in the 21st century. This has never been done before.”
Paul Laikin, producer at Unanico comments, “It has been an incredible pleasure working with Brian May on “One Night in Hell”. A skilled team of 3D and 2D animators, graphic artists and sound designers in our London studio have done an amazing job bringing the Diableries characters to life, and Brian’s score really shines.”
“One Night in Hell” Short Film and Deluxe Film Package
The short film package includes the full 2D “One Night in Hell” film in either the English or French version. It also includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary, “Diableries Brought To Life”, in which Brian May, Denis Pellerin, Paula Fleming and the production team describe the inspiration behind the film. The film package will be available exclusively on iTunes for 1.99 GBP/USD/EUR for the high-definition version and 1.49 GBP/USD/EUR for the standard definition version. Preorder for the “One Night in Hell” film package begins 27 October 2014 and is available 3 November 2014.
The deluxe film package includes “One Night in Hell” in 2D along with 7 incredible bonus features, including a 2D French version of the film and 3D English versions of the film. The 3D versions of the film can be viewed on a 3D-enabled TV or on an iPad, iPad mini and, in a world first, iPhone 6 Plus, using Brian May’s OWL stereoscopic viewer. The official “One Night in Hell” soundtrack music video is included in the film package as well. The film package is initially available exclusively to www.onenightinhell.com for 2.99 GBP/USD/EUR. The deluxe package is available 3 November 2014.
“One Night in Hell” Soundtrack
The brilliant soundtrack of “One Night in Hell” features music arranged and produced by Brian May and recorded with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Prague. The film’s climax is a demonic concert, in which Satan is the conductor and the skeleton is the lead guitarist, as Queen’s “We Will Rock You” combines with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture in a way that has never been played before. The “One Night in Hell” soundtrack is available on iTunes for 0.99 GBP/USD/EUR. Preorders for the “One Night in Hell” soundtrack starts 13 October 2014 on iTunes and will be available 3 November 2014.
The Diableries app is available to purchase exclusively via the App Store. The app provides an immersive, interactive experience, where viewers enter the world of the Diableries. The app includes 24 original stereo cards that viewers are able to explore in close detail by zooming in and out on the 2D images. They can also use the OWL stereoscopic viewer to explore the cards in stunning 3D. Users can see Diableries characters come to life through the Diabl-O-Scope augmented reality application. With the Diabl-O-Scope, users are able to interact with the “One Night in Hell” characters, record their augmented reality experiences, upload the videos they have created through Kamcord, and then share the videos on social media platforms. The Diableries app is available on the App Store for 1.99 GBP/USD/EUR. Android users will be able to experience the Diableries app in a subsequent launch.
One Night in Hell Launch Events/Activities
There was a sneak preview/premiere screening of “One Night in Hell” at the Mill Valley Film Festival in California on 4 October 2014. There is a further sneak preview screening at the British Library, London on 26 October 2014 (with a talk by Brian May, Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming). The official international launch of the film, soundtrack/music video and app is on 27 October 2014 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. GMT at the Dolby Screening Room, where a screening of the film, documentary and music video will be held. Brian May, Denis Pellerin, Paula Fleming and the Unanico production team will be present for the screening, a demonstration of the app and interviews. At the Victoria & Albert Museum, London on 28 October 2014, Brian May, Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming will be present to talk about Diableries along with a screening of the film. In November 2014, “One Night in Hell” will be shown at the Gijón International Film Festival and Bilbao International Festival of Documentary & Short Films, both of which are in Spain. The film will be featured in various upcoming international film festivals, special 3D theatrical screenings and broadcasts, including Sky in the UK, in the coming months.
For more information on “One Night in Hell”, visit the webpage www.onenightinhell.com.
About Diableries and the OWL Stereoscopic Viewer
Diableries (which translates roughly as ‘Devilments’) presents an extraordinary set of 182 French stereo cards, which were published beginning in the 1860s, and continuing on until around 1900. They depict a whole imaginary underworld, populated by devils, satyrs and skeletons which are very much alive and, for the most part, having fun. The cards are works of art in themselves, and are known as French tissues, constructed in a special way to enable them to be viewed (using an OWL stereoscopic viewer) illuminated from the front, for a normal ‘day’ appearance in monochrome, or illuminated from the back, the view becomes a ‘night’ scene, in which hidden colours magically appear. “Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell” is a book about the Diableries by Brian May, Paula Fleming, Denis Pellerin, published in 2013 by the London Stereoscopic Company. The OWL is a special device invented by Brian May that emulates the stereoscopic viewing machines from the 19th century. It allows users to view stereoscopic images in 3D.
About Augmented Reality
Augmented reality is a view of the real world through a mobile device’s camera where elements are augmented by computer-generated video, graphics and sound. As a result, the technology enhances the viewer’s experience of reality. The “One Night in Hell” Diabl-O-Scope application uses some of the most advanced augmented reality technology, including character interaction, sound, recording and social networking functions.
About Brian May and Queen
Brian May is a founding member of Queen, a world-renowned guitarist, songwriter, producer, and performer. He also has his PhD in Astrophysics and co-authored the book, “Bang! The Complete History of the Universe”. Brian May is one of the world’s foremost collectors of Diableries stereo cards.
Legendary British rock group Queen was formed in 1970 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Queen (with Adam Lambert) recently completed a sold-out 2014 World Tour of 30 cities on three continents. On 9 September 2014, Queen released a live album of one of their landmark concerts, “Queen: Live at Rainbow ‘74”. On 10 November 2014, Queen is releasing album Queen Forever, featuring a track with Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson. Queen will embark on another World Tour in 2015.
About Unanico Group
Unanico Group is an internationally award-winning animation studio, based in London and Shanghai, which specializes in creating innovative, high quality and globally appealing 3D and 2D computer and hand-drawn animation, films and apps. Unanico’s work has been broadcast on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, MTV, BBC and many more. Unanico was nominated for the Design Museum (London) Design of the Year 2013 for its “English Hedgerow” augmented reality design. http://www.unanico.com
About The London Stereoscopic Company
Founded in 1854, at 313 Oxford Street, the “London Stereoscope Company” sold stereo views and viewers to the public, and they were leaders in a boom which swept England, Europe, and eventually the United States too, of stereo photographs of every conceivable subject, which, viewed by means of a stereoscope, presented scenes in life-like three dimensions. Currently, it is under the management of Brian May and Elena Vidal and is seeking to recreate the magic of the company. The London Stereoscopic Company is the publisher of “Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell”. http://www.londonstereo.com
Kamcord is a developer based in San Francisco, California that provides studios with an easy-to-implement video-recording solution for their games. Games that use Kamcord allow players to share gameplay videos directly from their mobile phone. As of September 2014, Kamcord has seen 22 million videos uploaded overall. https://www.kamcord.com/