Facebook Inc.’s Oculus VR is getting into movies with an in-house studio dedicated to making virtual reality films and will show it’s first short movie at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, the company said.
Oculus will debut the short film Lost at the Sundance Film Festival 2015, which the in house studio developed over the past six months. Lost is designed to be interactive and is between four to and ten minutes long, depending on the viewer’s interactive choices.
At the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, part of the event has been dedicated to virtual-reality short movies by filmmakers including Chris Milk and Felix and Paul, to draw the independent film community.
Facebook bought Oculus last year for $2 billion. So far the business has largely focused on video games for it’s pioneering wrap-around Rift headset. But virtual reality has recently been enticing Hollywood’s filmmakers to expand into the three hundred and sixty degree panoramic view offered by headsets.
Oculus also hopes to explore virtual reality film experiences in real time, which would allow viewers to interact inside the headset with objects and characters.
However, there are also technological and creative constraints to developing film in virtual reality. Challenges include computers running too slowly to handle the intensive rendering of graphics in real time, as well as how to find a format for storytelling where the viewer can look anywhere.
Tapping talent from both Pixar, the animation studio behind computer graphics imagery films including Toy Story and Monsters Inc, and the video gaming world, Oculus Story Studio will develop film content for virtual reality and advise other filmmakers seeking to try the technology.
But virtual reality films are still a long way from becoming mainstream as the headsets to display them have yet to reach the mass market.
Here’s wishing team Facebook and Oculus all the best!!
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