Virtual Reality has been the most heavily adopted by the video game industry. However, there has been some surprising developments made in a much older medium. Films and Movies have been made using the technology. Some have just been demos or proof of concept. Some, on the other hand, have truly embraced the possibilities the technology presents to change the way they tell stories. Here are some films coming out soon that you should keep an eye out for.
1. Star Wars Darth Vader VR film (TBA)
Probably the most exciting news since the initial release of the Oculus Rift, we are getting a standalone Darth Vader movie. Made by Lucasfilm and written by legendary screenwriter David S. Goyer, this will not only be in VR but fully interactive. Not too much is known about it other than that, but this is a VR movie guaranteed to heads turning. Yes, it could suck, it’s not like Star Wars is infallible, but have faith.
Source: The Verge
2. EWA (Cardboard, Gear VR)
Trust Cannes to be the showcase of some truly strange films, and VR has only opened up the floodgates. Developed by Danish studio Makropol, EWA is an eight-minute film which is a cut-down version of a longer feature in the works. What makes it stand out, however, is that it is a focused experience. You can look around, but only 180 degrees. It’s an exploration of what it is liked to be trapped inside your body. Worth a look for any cinephile out there.
3. Allumette (HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR)
Allumette is a digital animation that has already won over audiences in a way that only Pixar used to be capable of. The big three headsets allow the user to walk around the set and explore the story from all angles, even being able to lean into the set. So if you always wanted to get closer to your film, this is one to check out. For now, it’s only available on headsets that allow for position tracking, though, so it might be a while before Singaporean’s can get their hands on this movie.
4. Invasion! (for Daydream View)
It seems like animated films are having a field day with VR. Previously released on devices like the Samsung Gear VR, Baobab Studio’s Invasion! is a charming film about two bumbling aliens trying to invade earth before being waylaid by a cute bunny called Chloe. Written by the former director of the Madagascar film series, it has a strong animation pedigree backing it. It also helps that the action revolves around the viewer, with the protagonist hiding behind the viewer when under attack from the aliens. It’s adorable and worth your time having a look.
5. Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness (Cardboard, Gear VR)
The final pick is a bit more thoughtful. Based on the audio logs of John Hull, who progressively lost his sight, it documents the process of losing your ability to see. It helps the audience get into John’s mindset as he explains over the course of his audio logs how he learnt, and came to terms, with blindness. This is a companion piece to the full documentary of the same name, but it stands up on its own merits as an experience.
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