The Invited

"The Invited" reimagines the gothic story of Dracula in a solitary séance in which an animated pop-up book serves as a conduit for Dracula’s curse to re-enter the modern world. The participating audience are The Invited. One guest at a time is presented with an AR device and a hand crafted pop-up book. Each turn of the page reveals an intricate kirigami world that fills with AR holograms to tell the story of Vampire X’s unholy desires. The 20' experience is an experiment in merging finely crafted physical worlds with Augmented Reality technologies in order to tell a melancholy story.

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photo of Davy McGuire
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Davy McGuire, Kristin McGuire

Executive Producer:

Studio McGuire


Davy McGuire, Nesta Nelson, Dan Tucker


Ben Steiger-Levine, Richard Hurford


Davy & Kristin McGuire


Davy McGuire

Production Designer:

Kristin McGuire

Sound Designer:

Spesh Maloney


Spesh Maloney

Principal Cast:

Davy McGuire, Kristin McGuire, Richard Avery, Joel R Higley, Kristian de Carvalho, Jack Chamberlain, Andrew Ross

Additional Credits:

Lead Augmented Reality Developer: James Bailey, Augmented Reality Developer: Adam Tunicliffe, Augmented Reality Developer: Meggan Gumbrell, Project Manager: Sharon Worsnop, Funded by: Creative XR/Digital Catapult, XR Stories, British Underground, Supported by: Back to Ours, Future Arts and Culture: Future Art and Culture is produced by British Underground at SxSW funded by Arts Council England with additional support in 2023 from the British Council.


Public Film Contact:

Kristin McGuire
Studio McGuire

Publicity Contact:

Sharon Worsnop

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20 mins