There’s a lot of excitement in the VR industry. There’s still so much room for it to grow, but over the past decade or so it has certainly made concrete progress that is enabling more and more users to experience these realities. I came across the ‘Wolves in the Walls‘, which is a new VR short film based on a bed time story book. The industry is still trying to grasp best ways in which to portray storytelling and narrative. That led me to researching where VR is as of today within the recent year.
Another VR short film I have come across gave an interesting experience titled ‘The Invisible Man‘. In order to highlight certain queues that are important to understanding where the story is going, faces are enlarged to highlight the emotions of characters. Or even placement of objects that hint to the development of the scene is slightly blown up. This presents possible methods of storytelling in VR. I still think personally it could be portrayed in a better way but for now it gets the point across.
Layers of Experience
Phil Kauffold discusses various possibilities of how VR is being used for society. There are a growing number of categories. Such involve being placed in different locations to increase in understanding of a particular situation. Being immersed in an active war zone (I.e. the first VR documentary The Fight for Falluja) or to see what circumstances refugees are facing. Other layers include medical procedures, calming patients, treating PTSD (as funded by military), recreating history, games, film and so much more. Each comes with sensitive issues and repercussions to bear in mind.
One striking thing about VR that Catherine Allen mentioned from her TED talk is that
VR something that I did rather than something I observed!
Especially in the field of learning it is far more effective to grow in application rather than mere theoretical observation.
Changes in our World
I am certainly excited to see the experiments and gradual integration of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in our society. It’s a scary but thrilling thing! May we handle such technology with responsibility through increasing our awareness of negative implications.
- 3 ways VR is changing the Film Industry – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h8Uy-etE9s
- The Invisible Man – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_FUpUi2LBk
- The Future of Virtual Reality – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu4w3ZlOHfQ