By thelaegotist / / Fast-rising Talent Behind Acclaimed Shorts and 360 Films is a Triple Threat, Bringing Expertise in Narrative Storytelling, Visual Effects & Immersive Experiences RSA Films is pleased to announce filmmaker David Karlak has signed on for commercial representation. Karlak, 30, first captured attention in 2010 with unsettling psychological thriller The Candidate, which landed him a spot on the prestigious Viewfinder List in 2011 and played at film festivals around the world. He went on to sell action/sci-fi pitch Rise to Warner Bros., then directed a proof-of-concept short to put it on the fast track with Roy Lee (The Departed) producing and the late Anton Yelchin and Rufus Sewell starring. Rise, the feature film, is now in development at Cross Creek Pictures with Karlak attached to direct. Karlak graduated from art, design and visual storytelling hub SCAD, which plotted his course as a storyteller also nimble in the world of visual effects and technology. His VR experience set in the world of Rise allows viewers to walk through a photo-realistic set from the movie and see the characters up close at an unparalleled level of detail. Rise VR was selected by Oculus to premiere as part of the Storyscapes series at Tribeca Film Festival in 2014. Karlak also directed a custom VR experience for BMW’s design team in Munich. And he is working to develop new VR production tools and software as the Creative Director at Nurulize, a VR software company in downtown Los Angeles. Karlak has already been tapped to helm a fully immersive VR experience for Alien: Covenant with Ridley Scott overseeing as executive producer, through 20th Century Fox’s Fox Innovation Lab in collaboration with RSA Films and Technicolor’s MPC, the team behind last year’s award-winning The Martian VR Experience directed by Robert Stromberg. Alien: Covenant hits theaters May 19th. Karlak is attached to direct a second studio feature acquired by 20th Century Fox called Outliers. It’s based on his idea for a supernatural action film, with a screenplay from Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, and Peter Chernin (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Oblivion) producing.