© Marsha Courneya, 2019

In the world of Undercroft, everything revolves around

Oculatella Petraglacialis:

A bacteria that slows down time, which was discovered on the surface of dinosaur bones. It is the most valuable natural resource on Earth and no one knows how to find more of it.

The novella follows private investigator, Faye Lane, as she unravels the complex and senseless murder of Dr. Shane Mercer, an archaeologist put in charge of leading the search for the next cache of Oculatella Petraglacialis.

 

  The prime suspect she is sent to investigate is Dr. Berkeley Faber, the man who originally discovered OPG roughly eight months before. She quickly learns that the nature of OPG is not as simple as rumours suggested, and that contact with the bacteria leads to irreversible changes in the unconscious structure of humanity.

Faye Lane submits an investigative log to her supervisor, detailing the initial discovery of Oculatella Petraglacialis as it was told to her by Dr. Berkeley Faber. While the viewer hears the account Faber gave to Faye Lane, they see and experience the true nature of the discovery.

 

  It was not as simple, or as harmless as he wants her to believe.

Watch the 360-video below, best viewed in a VR headset with headphones

The 360-video

The 360-video

The Novella

The novella follows private investigator, Faye Lane, as she unravels the complex and senseless murder of Dr. Shane Mercer, an archaeologist put in charge of leading the search for the next cache of Oculatella Petraglacialis.

 

  The prime suspect she is sent to investigate is Dr. Berkeley Faber, the man who originally discovered OPG roughly eight months before. She quickly learns that the nature of OPG is not as simple as rumours suggested, and that contact with the bacteria leads to irreversible changes in the unconscious structure of humanity.

written, produced, & directed by Marsha Courneya
Caleigh LeGrand as Faye Lane
VFX & sound design by Mike Donis
music by Juan Orjuela
graphic design & animation by Gabriel Altrows
location photography by Alex Courneya
Special thanks to
Rachel Seewald, Barbora Grochalova, Chad Campbell, Pedro Lacerda,

Droste György, Bálint Márk, and Jimena Aguilar
Undercroft was made in cooperation with the internationale filmschule köln during the master’s degree studies in Digital Narratives.