Weronika Lewandowska and Sandra Frydrysiak


VR, 2021

Nightsss is an artistic animation with ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) and interactive elements that immerses the viewer in the sensual experience of poetry, dance and nature. The script is based on the spoken word poem Nightsss, in which the sounds characteristic of the Polish language create onomatopoeic landscapes crossing language barriers. What will you hear and see in the Nightsss environment if you can play with space and the space plays with your imagination and memory?

Even when you do not understand words, emotions flow from ASMR sound relations and rhythmic structures, and from the choreography of the character you will meet in the virtual world. Nightsss opens up the immersant  for a sensual encounter with her/his own body, imagination and virtual space, which subtly resonate in thoughts and movements even after exiting the experience.

The debut of directors Weronika Lewandowska and Sandra Frydrysiak was one of the revelations at this year’s Sundance. It also made it to the official selection of the prestigious goEast festival in Wiesbaden and official selection of the Melbourne International Film Festival. Nightsss received the American Cinequest award (Best VR Sound Design).

Photo: Damjan Švarc © ACE KIBLA.

Direction and Script: Weronika Lewandowska, Sandra Frydrysiak
Poem written and performed by: Weronika Lewandowska
Production: Film School in Łódź, Visual Narratives Laboratory (vnLab), VR/AR Studio
Producers: Krzysztof Franek, Krzysztof Pijarski, Pola Borkiewicz, Jacek Nagłowski
Executive Producer: Weronika Lewandowska
Production collaboration: Anna Piekarska-Szczerba
360° Visual Environment, 3D Animation and Post-production: Render Boys: Marek Straszak, Arek Zub
Spatial Audio and Interaction: Przemek Danowski
Music: Marcin Macuk
Choreography: Kaya Kołodziejczyk
Programming VR environment and interaction: Piotr Apostel
UX/Unity Development: Piotr Nierobisz
Audio Production: Emma Production
The sound was recorded in #Venice Bitch# Voice recorded at Black Kiss Studio
Audio interactions powered by Wwise © 2006 – 2021 Audiokinetic Inc. All rights reserved.
Poem Translation: Bohdan Piasecki
Reading of English Translation: Weronika Lewandowska
Stunt Coordination: AS-RIG Antigravity: Andrzej Słomiński, Piotr Nowacki, Tadeusz Perkowski
Motion Capture: Sławosz Tejkowski, Roman Savchenko
Consultation and 360° Camera Recording: Wojciech Olchowski
Project implemented by the Film School in Łódź in the Visual Narration Laboratory vnLab – VR/AR Studio led by Pola Borkiewicz and Jacek Nagłowski
© 2021 PWSFTviT
The project was financed under the Ministry of Science and Higher Education programme within the framework of the “Regional Initiative of Excellence” for the years 2019-2022, project number 023/RID/2018/19, funding sum PLN 11 865 100.