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Blue Artichoke Films


Coming November 15, 2018!

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Raindance Film Festival Awards nominee – VRX Awards “Best Sensual VR Experience”

CPH:DOX* Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival Official Selection


A portrait of intimacy: Second Date is a lighthearted, unscripted Virtual Reality 3D 360° portrait of two young people fumbling towards ecstasy. Trying to find common ground, their conversation veers from clumsy to joyous and back again — until they finally start connecting for real. In a significant departure from typical VR representations of sex, Second Date encourages the viewer to intimately share the couple’s emotional and physical space, but not as an actual intruder. As invisible witnesses, we empathetically take part in their connection.

Second Date will be available on this site when it re-launches on November 15, 2018! Check back soon!



Second Date, directed by Jennifer Lyon Bell, is a co-production between her own Blue Artichoke Films and pioneering VR film label Condition One, a mainstay of the Sundance Film Festival’s virtual reality division.

Second Date trailer: Second Date is shot in an unusual format which creates an immersive experience around you when you view it through VR goggles. To simulate that experience, this trailer has been specially rendered to give an impression of what you would actually see:

The film shoot had a special structure: Second Date was indeed Anne and Bishop’s second date. The film’s director, Jennifer Lyon Bell, sent Anne and Bishop off to improvise their own private “first date” in Amsterdam on the day before the shoot. Jennifer’s only rule for the first date: No touching at all, not even kissing. As conceived by Jennifer and co-producers Condition One, the point of the film Second Date was to let intimacy naturally develop between them – Jennifer assured Anne and Bishop that their individual spontaneous natural expression was much more important than having sex, or even kissing. Whatever happened during Second Date, or didn’t happen, should be completely up to them.

In the end, Anne and Bishop’s second date was a huge success. It reached an orgasmic conclusion, even though their underwear stayed on. Second Date is probably the world’s first orgasmic clothed Virtual Reality film.

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“A genre-defining film.” — Mária Rakušanová, Raindance Film Festival, VRX Awards Head and Director of VR, AR and New Media (former Head of VR Product Marketing, Samsung Mobile)


“So sensual, really genuinely erotic…far more sensual than any VR porn.”  — Catherine Allen, Virtual Reality curator/juror, Encounters Film Festival


“A really interesting way of representing what happens between a couple, where they’re exploring each others feelings, emotions, interests — and bodies. I’m surprised that it’s been done in VR, because we see that as a space for either showing off the capabilities of the medium or more directly engaged with, shall we say, what’s happening in sex! So Second Date shows that filmmaking techniques and ideas can be brought into this new sphere.”  — Bill Thompson, technology writer for BBC’s Click and BBC News Online

Second Date will be available here November 15, 2018 in 2D streaming format and 3D download. Join the Newsletter list on the Contact page to get a note from us as soon as the film launches.

Here’s Anne on the actual set of Second Date, sharing what the process is like: