CounterPunch – a Virtuos Studio is proud to have contributed to the production of Life Rendered, a short film which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 9, 2022.

Set in the near future, Life Rendered depicts the life of Mark, who splits his time between rural Colorado and virtual reality. In rural Colorado, he is his disabled father’s caretaker. In virtual reality, he finds romance in the worlds he has built for himself. Directed by Emma Needell, a writer-director-producer from rural Colorado, who first stepped into the Hollywood spotlight at age 24, when Oprah Winfrey came on to produce her breakout script, THE WATER MAN. She was also featured on Forbes 30 Under 30.

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Emma Needell, Director of Life Rendered

“I am proud of the themes we tackle in this project and it was wonderful to work with the disabled advocacy non-profit, Respect Ability, for script consultation and casting help, as well as best practices on set, as well as script consultation with GLAAD, the leading LGBTQIA+ non-profit in Hollywood,” commented Emma.

The making of Life Rendered

With the support of Virtuos Montreal and Sparx* – a Virtuos Studio, CounterPunch was responsible for character and environment creation, rigging, layout, animation, final lighting, VFX and rendering for the computer graphics (CG) scenes in the Life Rendered Film. The director, Emma, and Virtuos teams used Unreal Engine for the visualization and development of the story, as well as the film’s production pipeline for CG scenes.

“It was a great pleasure to work with Emma on Life Rendered. This project enabled our Virtuos teams from around the world to come together with our core competencies to create a new world and bring Emma’s vision to life,” said Kay Arutyunyan, General Manager, CounterPunch – a Virtuos Studio.

Life Rendered has also been accepted to the HollyShorts Film Festival (Oscar-qualifying), Rhode Island International Film Festival (Oscar-qualifying), and the Traverse City Film Festival. To learn more about the film, please visit