Excerpted from How a Virtual Reality Demo Showed Us the Future of Movies

Movies.com, 23 April 2014             See some stills
By Erik Davis
Thanks, Adina

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The most cinematic of the Oculus VR set-ups was 'Rise', which featured the exploration of a still image from a short film that's being developed as a potential feature for Warner Bros. The demo was developed in conjunction with the company Nurulize, who are doing some really cool things in this space, redefining the way we experience film, art, architecture and more through virtual reality/ultra HD real time content.

Here's the description for Rise:

RISE is a fully immersive virtual reality experience that tells the story of a robot uprising from the perspective of a sentient robot agitator whos been captured. The project explores the confluence of VR and science fiction cinema. Director David Karlak teamed up with Nurulize to create a unique VR experience that captures every minute detail and allows participants to experience a cinematic moment frozen in time.
Once the Oculus headset was on, I was transported inside this abandoned warehouse where the aforementioned robot agitator was being questioned. While the characters didn't move, I could explore the entire space and view the scene from whichever angle I chose. As dialogue played out, the camera angle continually shifted, allowing me different vantage points of the characters. It was pretty slick. I was hooked. I liked turning completely away from the characters in order to explore tiny corners behind me just because I could. Because I've never been able to before. Director David Karlak told me the short and subsequent feature will be live action; he says it's like 'Battle of Algiers' with robots. When I asked how long before he thinks we're watching movies with Oculus headsets on, he says five years.

Five years. How far we'll come in five years is anyone's guess (most believe the technology will impact the gaming world first), but what's on display at Storyscapes convinced me that it's coming. This is most definitely the future of movies (it'll be beyond five years before we see technology like this in a conventional movie theater, though), and it's pretty incredible to experience even it does feel rough around the edges.
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