Yesterday VRFocus reported on the announcement of Oculus Story Studio, a brand new division of Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) creator Oculus VR. The studio was created with the aim of developing original VR movies to inspire other production studios. Its first piece, the Saschka Unseld-directed Lost is on display at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA this week on the company’s Crescent Bay prototype for the Oculus Rift. Apparently this is just one of five movies that Oculus VR plans to release this year.
According to The Verge Oculus VR plans to release a total of five movies in 2015. As with Lost, the other films will be short experiences. One is named Bullfighter, which reportedly lives up to its namesake by taking viewers to an arena. Then there’s a comedy piece named Kabloom that follows a hedgehog with a fascination of balloons. Finally, Unseld is directing another piece named Dear Angelica. It’s not yet clear just when Oculus VR will reveal these other projects or if ‘release’ means that they will come to the developer-available second development kit (DK2). Details on the final project are yet to be announced
Those attending Sundance Film Festival this week can currently sign up to see Lost running on Crescent Bay using the newly-released Oculus Story Studio app. The piece is a computer generated experience that stars a robot and has a varying running time depending on how viewers interact with the story. Oculus VR created this new division following trips to Hollywood to promote VR in which it realised it would need content of its own to help inspire future creators. It’s announcement sees the company evolve from a hardware manufacturer and videogame developer to a multimedia business; what other areas might it explore?
VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus Story Studio, reporting back with any further updates on the new division.