Yesterday saw the world-famous Sundance Film Festival kick off in Park City, Utah, USA. Filmmakers and fans from across the globe are gathering until 1st February 2015 to discuss the medium as well as watch some of the latest ground-breaking works. Virtual reality (VR) movies are featuring in full force, with a total of nine different experiences running on head-mounted displays (HMD). Not only that but Oculus Rift HMD creator Oculus VR itself will be at the event and even sitting in on one of the main VR panels.
Oculus VR’s VP of Product Nate Mitchell will be a part of the ‘Virtual Reality: The Big Picture’ panel that takes place on 25th January at 12:00 MST in Main Street’s New Frontier Microcinema. The panel will feature an ‘all-in-one’ discussion about VR and its relation to movies. There will be a look at the VR companion piece to the recent Reese Witherspoon movie, Wild, with added commentary from directors Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphael. Fox Searchlight SVP of Production David Greenbaum will also join the panel.
That’s far from the only VR-related panel happening at this year’s festival. Events promoting the Google Cardboard smartphone-based HMD will be running throughout the week, while a panel on 30th January titled ‘A New Language in Filmmaking: Virtual Reality’ will feature. Finally a panel titled ‘The Real Deal: Shooting, Post Producing and Distributing Immersive Cinematic VR’ is listed, but is yet to have a time or venue attached to it. Other technology-based panel taking place throughout the week will no doubt discuss VR’s impact.
Mitchell himself recently stated that it could be movies that really make a big impact in VR. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of the technology, reporting back with any further updates.