Last week in LA there was the third user lead VR-LA get together. The first was held at Digital Domain and the second was at the birthplace of Oculus Rift – USC ICT.
Between the first and the third get togethers the event has exploded; some five hundred people queued to get inside New Deal Studios and see the latest VR demos and hear talks such as New Deal’s co-founder Matthew Gratzner on his experiences in directing and filming a WW2 short film for VR. Matthew teamed up with Jaunt VR to make the production.
Listen to Michael Krasny as he and his guests discuss what the current developments in VR, what this technology can achieve beyond gaming and entertainment as well as potential drawbacks of this deeply immersive technology.
- Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University
- Peter Rubin, senior editor for Wired and author of a June cover story about virtual reality and Oculus
- Scott Broock, vice president of content for Jaunt VR, the company developing the hardware, software, and tools to enable cinematic virtual reality
When it comes to technological innovations, virtual reality is definitely one of the next big things in terms of popularity. Apart from gaming, this technology is now finding its use in various sectors. Film production is one of the areas, where virtual reality is being used to bring a whole new experience for the directors as well as the viewers. A short VR film by Jaunt VR and New Deal Studios is proof enough that film production is transforming as a result of this technology.
Whether you think virtual reality is nothing more than a gimmick or the next big thing, it's coming and may transform how we approach film production, as evidenced by a short virtual reality film by New Deal Studios and Jaunt VR.
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As the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset grows in popularity ahead of its late 2014/early 2015 consumer release, it's already doing some pretty amazing things in beta. Though it's been designed primarily for 3D gaming VR, it can also do things like . Clearly in the near future there are going to be some passive film viewing applications for the Oculus -- Joe even posed the question here on No Film School earlier this year "will we watch movies like this in the future?" Well, if the company Jaunt VR has anything to say about it, the answer is YES. Jaunt has developed a unique 360 camera system specifically designed to capture footage for use with the Oculus Rift, and they are now in post-production on their own World War II short filmThe Mission by production company New Deal Studios.
For years virtual reality technology has remained intractably saddled with Lawnmower Man-era content. Even with the advent of affordable, consumer-targeted VR systems like the Oculus Rift, the most common application has been immersive video games. That's all about to change.
New Deal Studios filmed a short piece for Jaunt in Petaluma, Calif., this weekend. It was a first for the director and the crew, who had to deal with new requirements like staying out of the camera’s view.