I attended a lecture by Phil Harper who is the creative director at AlchemyVR , a joint venture between Zoo SFX and Atlantic Productions. The seminar offered an interesting insight to the future of virtual reality narrative and the progress that has been made in recent years with advancing technology.
As an 80’s child I remember the last failed attempt at this sort of medium and I was shocked as to how it seems to be gaining momentum. The fact that Facebook has just bought the company behind the Oculus Rift (an immersive VR headset) is sentiment to the companies commitment to get this type of experience into the mainstream.
Initially Alchemy are working with David Attenborough to create a number of immersive experiences that allow audiences to move through a VR world and see some of the earths smalles and most unique creatures close up.
I’ve yet to experience virtual reality in person but Phil emphasised that it really has moved on from the 80’s and that once you see it you will never forget it so I’m excited to see what happens with this type of interactive media in the future.