Coda is a story-driven game utilizing players' blinks as the central mode of interaction, with each blink evolving the narrative. You begin on the ship of a mythical Ferryman, tasked with shepherding souls to the afterlife. For him to do so, you must tell the entire story of your life in a series of flashbacks. With each blink, time passes faster, but the Ferryman questions the truth of your account. He forces you deeper into your painfully repressed past, revealing a tragic truth about who you were, and weren’t. Coda tells a relatable story about the impossible expectations we place on ourselves, and the irrational regrets we carry with us when we feel we can't measure up.

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Directors: Graham Parkes — Richard Beare — Oliver Lewin, Will Hellwarth — Bela Messex
Executive Producer: Jake Sally
Producer: Oliver Lewin
Screenwriter: Graham Parkes
Sound Designer: Trevor Estes, Dillon Terry
Music: Oliver Lewin
Principal Cast: Sarah Burns, Eric Edelstein, Stephen Friedrich, Benmio McCrea
Additional Credits: Lead Designer: Bela Messex, Art Lead: Coyan Canderas, Lead Engineer: Richard Beare, Art Director: Griffin Libby-Bleser, Character Artist: Hana Lee, 3D Artist/Animator: Kyle Youngblom, 3D Artist: Shanaz Byrne, 2D Artist: Caroline Quach, Business Affairs: Everett Hendler, Animation : Veronica Flint


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Oliver Lewin
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2020
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Animated, Drama, Fantasy
Screening in: Virtual Cinema Program
Screening Section: Virtual Cinema Competition
Screening Category: Virtual Reality
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 15 mins