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RSA Welcomes David Karlak

January 5, 2017

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A fast-rising talent behind acclaimed shorts and 360 films, RSA is pleased to welcome David Karlak to its directorial roster.

David Karlak first captured an audience in 2010 with his unsettling psychological thriller The Candidate which landed him a spot on the prestigious Viewfinder List and played in film festivals around the world in 2011.  He went on to sell action/sci-fi pitch Rise to Warner Bros., then directed a proof-of-concept short to put it on the fast track with Roy Lee (The Departed) producing and the late Anton Yelchin and Rufus Sewell starring. Rise, the feature film , is now in development at Cross Creek Pictures with Karlak attached to direct.

“We knew as soon as we sat down with David that he was a great fit for RSA,” said Jules Daly, President of RSA Films. “He’s a smart storyteller who can take a genre like sci-fi that’s in our DNA and put his own original stamp on it so you feel like you’re discovering something special. This was evident especially in his short film Rise and its companion VR experience. He also brings a hands-on expertise working in both visual effects and VR software that makes him an amazing creative resource for our clients.”

Karlak graduated from art, design and visual storytelling hub SCAD, which plotted his course as a storyteller also nimble in the world of visual effects and technology. His VR experience set in the world of Rise allows viewers to walk through a photo-realistic set from the movie and see characters up close at an unparalleled level of detail. Rise VR was selected by Oculus to premiere as part of the storyscapes series at Tribeca Film Festival in 2014 and Karlak went on to direct a custom VR experience for BMW’s design team in Munich.

Karlak has already been tapped to helm a fully immersive VR experience for Alien:Covenant with Ridley Scott overseeing as executive producer, through 20th Century Fox’s Fox Innovation Lab in collaboration with RSA Films and Technicolor’s MPC, the team behind last year’s award-winning “The Martian VR Experience” directed by Robert Stromberg. Karlak is also attached to direct a second studio feature acquired by 20th Century Fox called Outliers, based on his idea for a supernatural action film with a screenplay from Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan and Peter Chernin(Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Oblivion) producing.  In addition, Karlak is working to develop new VR production tools and software as the Creative Director at Nurulize, a VR software company in downtown Los Angeles.

See more of David Karlak’s work here.

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