But filmmakers aren’t just descending onto hardware like HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Samsung GearVR in a boring, flash-in-the-pan manner. At SXSW 2018 in particular, they’re finally exhibiting a proficiency in two equally important extremes: what VR can sell that normal films cannot, and what VR must compromise or let go of for the sake of a better film experience.
Some of these sound like really interesting and new applications of the technology. The last one, “Spheres: Songs of Spacetime”, in particular. As written, it sounds like the awe inspiring black hole visuals from Christopher Nolans’s Interstellar, but translated into a much more immersive format. With the fantastic Jessica Chastain1 narrating, which can only add to that feeling. Perhaps the second generation of commercial VR headsets will be good enough to do these justice.
- Weirdly the article gives “Zero Dark Thirty” as her only film credit, instead of Interstellar. ↩