Just as with virtual reality (VR), the film industry’s calendar is packed full of events throughout the year. In fact, the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which took place earlier in the year in Park City, Utah, USA, saw the two combine as Oculus VR announced Oculus Story Studio. This new division from the company behind the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) is entirely devoted to creating effective and immersive storytelling experiences in VR. For those that are yet to see its work, Oculus Story Studio will be on display at this month’s Tribeca Film Festival.
Oculus VR will be at the event on 24th and 25th April 2015 in New York City, New York, USA. The company will again be showcasing Lost, a piece directed by creative director and former Pixar member Saschka Unseld, running on the most recent Oculus Rift prototype, Crescent Bay. Lost is a short CGI experience that takes players to a moonlit forest and is based around a mysterious creature. Oculus Story Studio is currently working on a number of other project, though is yet to showcase them or mention when they might see a full release.
Elsewhere, VR fans can look forward to another talk from Oculus VR Chief Scientist Michael Abrash during the Tribeca Innovation Week. Abrash will feature as part of the ‘Games for Change’ section of the week from 22nd – 24th April. Specific details of his talk are yet to be revealed, although it could be that Abrash touches on similar themes that he first spoke about during a talk at Facebook’s F8 developer conference last month. There the VR figurehead spoke on what needed to happen for VR to become a truly convincing replacement for this reality.
VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR closely, reporting back with any further updates from the company on its progress.