This is a perspective on VR filmmaking we haven't heard much of yet. Ty Burr is a film critic with the Boston Globe. He makes a great comparison between VR and the film industry, stating VR is currently struggling to move past “novelty” content to develop real entertainment with mass appeal. Burr compares this to the film industry’s struggles in the early 20th century to develop real story-telling.
Furthermore, if VR is the future of entertainment, we don’t know what the entertainment really is:
Works like Allumette, Notes on Blindness, and especially Dear Angelica point the way toward what VR might yet become, but it’s almost impossible to describe what that may be.
Burr essentially argues we only know what VR isn’t: “linear” or “scene to scene” as Hollywood films are. Whatever path VR takes to truly define itself, consumers are going to have to learn how to be entertained by it, as well as how to use the new technology.
However, some filmmakers may be on the right path.
VR has a sharing problem. It's currently very difficult to share experiences with non-VR users, whether that's for a live studio demo to investors or a marketing video for YouTube. A few companies have been tackling this problem head-on, including YouTube themselves, whose technology made this Conan O’Brien segment possible.
The creators of 'Job Simulator', OwlchemyVR, are using a similar technique to YouTube. By combining green screen with virtual cameras and image recognition, they can create incredibly seamless looking mixed reality footage.
And then there's a technique we're all familiar with! UK-based Abyssal Arts and GSProductions have announced a Unity extension called VRCameraman, which gives creators a virtual camera that they can use to artistically record footage from inside a VR experience.
With speculation rife that the Samsung S8 will launch in April and strong rumours of a 6.2 inch screen being the key feature of the device, Tech Radar has, in a refreshing piece from the slew of news stories on the S8, focused more on Samsung's upcoming showcase of four new virtual and augmented reality experiences. Exhibiting at 4 Years From Now, a platform at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung will unveil Relúmĭno, Monitorless, VuildUs and TraVRer.
How any of these experiences may or may not pair up with the S8 and Gear VR remains to be seen, but it's a fascinating look into how seriously Samsung are devoting resources to VR and AR.