Broken Night, an interactive virtual reality narrative thriller produced by Eko, Hidden Content, and Realmotion in association with Irving Harvey, is an example of a less conventional post solution in which Irving Harvey is able to use its resources and experience to provide a solution for a project with unique technical needs. 

In Broken Night, the viewer watches the film as one would read a choose-your-own-adventure style book. At several points throughout the film the viewer is presented with multiple options as to what can happen yet, leading the film down a number of different branches depending on their choices. Even though the film is short on a single viewing, the actual total length of all the content produced is much greater. With the VR elements of many cameras and stereoscopic imaging added, the amount of footage required is enormous. As such, the project presented a huge challenge to manage the huge quantity of media required at all steps in the post production process. 

Irving Harvey was brought in to act as the post production partner to work with interactive video company Eko, VR production company Hidden Content, and VFX company Realmotion. Irving Harvey designed and serviced a post solution that offered technical guidance throughout the entirety of the project as well as facilitated the capture, workflow, and processing of this large amount of media.



  • Pre-production workflow development

  • Pre-production technical consulting for production

  • Data management

  • On-set technical supervision

  • Post supervision and coordination

  • Dailies and offline file processing

  • Online editing

  • Digital processing

  • VFX prep



Prior to Broken Night, we had a longstanding working relationship with Hidden Content supporting their post production and workflow needs from their inception as a company. Hidden Content was one of the earliest VR production companies, starting out working with prototype VR cameras and being one of the first companies to test and use the Nokia OZO VR camera (which Broken Night was captured on). We had worked with them along the way to solve technical challenges ranging from camera usage and data management to post workflow and finishing. Our rapport with Hidden Content, experience, and infrastructure resources made us a great fit for the Broken Night team.


For a project with as many complications as this one, pre-production work was critical in setting up the project for success in post. We met with Eko, who was handling the concept and writing as well as editorial, and Hidden Content, who was handling production, to work out the details required in capturing and organizing the various parts and branches of the film. Additionally, we met with Realmotion to advise on the particular challenges of working in the equirectangular VR perspective in terms of assembly, compositing, and visual storytelling.

To account for the huge amount of media we were planning to shoot, we worked with the Eko team to plan for the final combined runtime of the piece and ran data calculations to figure out what our storage needs would be on set for the OZO raw codec and then in post for the enormous 4K stereoscopic DPX stacks we would be generating. 

After the initial planning stage, we accompanied the production team on location scouts and shooting tests. We advised the team on a number of location-specific issues such as optimal camera placement and blocking to account for lens stitch lines. By considering the various technical elements at play for each setup, we were able to manage the additional cleanup VFX work that would be required.


During production, we were responsible for managing the monitoring which we setup a 42” LED TV to display our UI via a Mac Pro using OZO Remote as well as managing the camera media and offloading to drives. We were also able to continue to advise of the technical implications of the various on-the-fly choices being made to make sure that post would stay as smooth as we had planned. As every creative conversation had a technical foundation, we were able to offer insight to the creative team and collaboratively work towards the best choices.



Once production wrapped, we processed all of the raw media to generate offline editorial files. The files we generated were low-quality, low-resolution monoscopic stitched versions of each shot that processed quickly and allowed the editorial team to begin putting the piece together.

As various segments of the edit locked we were able to begin processing the online assets. We generated both stereoscopic stitched 4K DPX versions of each shot to be used as the foundation as well as unstitched 2K square versions of each of the 8 individual camera lenses to be used for any necessary VFX cleanup. 

The rendering was an enormous task due to the quantity of media required. The total render time was over 200 hours spread across multiple workstations within our facility.  


As we delivered the online assets to the VFX team, the VFX were completed and the segments were delivered to Eko for final assembly in their custom built VR playback engine. 

The project ended up being a big success on the festival circuit, premiering in the Virtual Arcade at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and later going on to play at NEXT in the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The project was chosen as an Honoree in the Film & Video - VR category of the 2018 Webby Awards.


Broken Night was an opportunity for us to do one of our favorite things - combining our experience in video post production and love for technology to create solutions for new and unique needs. Our technical insight and resources allowed us to help get this project through from conception to completion. By managing the details and ensuring that the technical needs were accounted for we could enable the hugely talented team on the project to do what they do best and collectively made something special.