The popular US television show Saturday Night Live recently celebrated it’s 40th anniversary with the aid of virtual reality (VR). The special edition of the show was captured by VRSE and will be released for fans to view in a whole new way through Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR.
Saturday Night Live and NBC Entertainment partnered with filmmaker Chris Milk and his VR production company VRSE.works to capture the 40th anniversary special. VRSE.works captured nearly the entire anniversary special from inside the studio using their custom built VR camera mounted on top of ‘Camera One’, the main studio pedestal camera covering the majority of the special for broadcast television. Additionally, a VRSE camera operator was fitted with a Steadicam rig also outfitted with VRSE’s custom VR camera and positioned in the Studio 8H hallway during and after the show to capture the action and activity behind the scenes in way unavailable to any other outlets.
“I remember growing up as a kid I would beg my parents every weekend to let me stay up for [Saturday Night Live]. Bringing the show for the first time into virtual reality was a privilege and an honour I’ll never forget,” said Chris Milk, Founder-Creator, VRSE.works and VRSE.
The “Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special” VR segments will be available on the recently launched VRSE app for iOS and Android for Google Cardboard and in the Oculus VR Store for Samsung Gear VR. The first segment to premiere is the Jerry Seinfeld hosted audience Q&A, available now, with additional segments debuting in the coming weeks and months. VRFocus will keep you updated with further VR releases from VRSE.