Faoladh – Ireland’s first live action VR film

23rd October 2018
Faoladh – Ireland’s first live action VR film

In collaboration with Google VR and V-SENSE Trinity College Dublin, Tile Films have created Ireland’s first live action VR film. We are delighted to be part of this beautiful art project titled Faoladh in collaboration with artist Declan Dowling and Tile Films.

Faoladh is a stereoscopic virtual reality film that follows the perilous journey of a 9th century Irish child who’s village is attacked by Viking raiders. In the film you take on role of a wolf like guardian spirit and protector of the children from the woods of ancient Ireland. Filmed at the Irish National Heritage Park, a three-act story was built around each of the parks main locations.

Watch: 360 VR short film Faoladh https://www.rte.ie/vod/360/istories/ 


Faoladh 3D

Happy St.Patricks day folks! Here's a very special 3D version of Faoladh that you can watch using good old red blue glasses 🙂 Slán agat!

Posted by Faoladh on Sunday, March 17, 2019

Behind the scenes:

Declan Dowling directs, designs, and produces an array of content for international games and software publishers. The film was screened at The Ithaca Fantastik Festival and is available to watch on RTE 360, via VR, IFTN and Tile FilmsFaoladh was shown on a 700 square meter hybrid cinema as part of the Beyond Festival held in Heilbronn, Germany. The screening took place in a giant 3D cinema theatre which was very special and contained a myriad of other interactive elements allowing the viewer to take part in an immersive experience without the need for VR goggles or other isolating hardware. The film was also nominated in two categories at the Venice TV Awards. One for “Best of Technology and Innovation” and one for “Children / Youth”. Faoladh was screened at the Future Imaging Art Week in collaboration with VRCORE in China. In March 2020, the film was positioned at the top of the official Best of VR playlist on YouTube. This resulted in an impressive increase in the view count by the thousands. This impressive showcase platform helped to extend the outreach to greater audience and recognition.





Tile Films are an established HD factual documentary production company, specialising in innovative, Irish and international documentaries and series about people, history, religion, art, culture and travel.





Finn Standing as Ruairi

Jordi Wortmann as Snorre

Megan Day as Aoibheann

Andy McCormack as Brother John



Irish Showreels

Ciaran Davis

Robert Brown

Cathal Gaffney



John McNally

Sam Burke

Chloe O’Dea



Executive Producer Stephen Rooke

Producer Laura Danaher

Production Manager Maeve Kenny

Researcher Teddy Coulter

Production Katie Killane

Production Designer Lynne Williams

Stunt Coordinator Dave Byrne



Storyboarding Cat Mangan



Data Wrangling Colm Ó Fearghail

Match Move  Arthur B.

3D Animation Mohamed Amine M.

Photogrammetry noxfcna

Director of Photography Ciaran (Bosco) Healy

Directed by Declan Dowling


Special thanks to:

Google VR

Irish National Heritage Park

Failte Ireland

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



Principal Investigator: Aljosa Smolic

Senior Research Fellow: Sebastian Knorr

Research Student: Colm Ó Fearghail



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