VR is getting closer and closer! Have you already equipped your room to get the best gaming experience? If not, it is not a big deal, since soon you will be able to enjoy the same full immersion in cinemas and shopping malls. Of course, it is still not about standing near Dart Vader or flying into a black hole with Joseph Cooper, but you can get some fascinating experiences. This might happen even in the near future if you happen to be somewhere near the Sundance Film Festival. A renowned VR company, called 8i, would then help you immerse in an unreal world with the help of an HTC Vive VR headset.
Once you are equipped for the performance, you will see a post-apocalyptic desert and a girl standing next to you, who appears to be your friend. We may actually disappoint you a little by saying the only thing you can do is walk around and observe. Technology is not going as fast as everyone wishes they would. But the technology introduced by 8i is a glimpse of the film-making (and the game-making) future.
Earlier filmmakers who wanted to use VR had to go the hard way: render the entire setting of the scene using CG (computer language used for graphics). Next, they had to use motion capturing of their actors (a fellow girl in this case) and paint faces, clothes, and hair onto each character. With the 8i’s technology, everything becomes faster and easier. Filmmakers will be able to capture the entire performance with ordinary off-the-shelf cameras and then place it in the existing environment. This technology will help create such an immersive 3D movie that any other way of filming has ever allowed to.
What is also good about this way of creating VR films is that film creators will be able to use prepared environments from electronic libraries of VR backgrounds. So director’s main goal will be to film actors in the “green room” and combine a great, photographically precise background with the filmed people. When a film goes to the wide screens, cinemas will have to provide the audience with HTC Vive VR headset, and a whole new way of entertainment will be started.