Virtual Reality has been only used sparingly in the television landscape so far. Big-budget TV shows like Game of Thrones, MR Robot, Westworld and others have all used VR as a method to market the show. However, none have actually used it to tell a full-length story. Soon, this will change. A new television series Remember is debuting next month as a fully VR tv show. Even better, the series is going to be available worldwide.
Remember and what this means for VR
LENS Immersive, an Australian-based company that makes VR media, is publishing the TV series. Pioneer, the creative arm of LENS, created the series. Consisting of thirteen 20-minute episodes, the series can be viewed in both VR and traditional format. LENS say that they support every VR device, but their website does mention that support for PSVR is still in development. The company recommends the use of either the Gear VR, the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive.
Remember is being billed as an exploration of “our relationship and reliance on technology as well as its influence on our own identity.” Read this as a dystopian future setting, with a focus on corrupt corporations and lack of personal identity/free will. The interesting part, however, is that the series will be set in the first person.
The director of the series, George Kacevski, is clearly a major fan of what VR can bring to the table for storytelling. “VR has not only allowed us to expand on how we tell stories but also how we engage with them,” Kacevski says. “We believe Virtual Reality is a new consumption medium, built for experiencing different methods of storytelling. What we are exploring with Remember has bridged the gap between 360 videos and traditional cinema. ‘Remember’ is fully immersive and dynamic, allowing the audience to step fully into the story in a new way.”
Where to get it
Remember still has to make its debut at the Macau film festival on 10 December. Immediately afterwards you can get your hands on the series through the LENS app. You do need the app for all devices, whether it’s the Gear or the Vive. For any additional help in setting up for the series, have a look at their website for more information.
Source: LENS Immersive