Lucasfilm Details VR Location Scouting Tool, V-Scout

Earlier in the year VRFocus reported that the creators of upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie, Star Wars: Rogue One, had used virtual reality (VR) technology to pre-visualise some of the settings to shoot on. The technique is just one of many experiences currently being developed at the newly announced Industrial Light & Magic Experience Lab (ILMxLAB), which explores opportunities with new tech. Today at the Oculus Connect 2 developer conference in Hollywood, California, Lucasfilm itself detailed more about this tool, which it calls V-Scout.

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V-Scout uses both VR and a tablet such as the iPad. In an on-stage demo Rob Bredow, VP of New Media, Lucasfilm & Head of ILMxLab used the latter so show a virtual set from what sounds like the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As seen in one of the film’s trailers, the set saw a Star Destroyer buried in the sand. The tool allowed creator to adjust aspects such as lenses, focus, and exposure. After this, a VR button found within the app was pressed and an Oculus Rift Crescent Bay head-mounted display (HMD) was then used to step inside the scene.

Here, the user utilised the iPad as a controller for the device, and could point out things they found in the scene. The company noted that it wasn’t yet using controllers for the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift’s own Oculus Touch, but made it sound as if this was a possibility for the future. Either way, this is certainly an interesting look at how VR is making an impact within the film industry right now outside of 360 degree content.

ILMxLAB has other VR experiences in the works right now, one involving riding the iconic Star Wars speeder bike through the landscape. When we’ll see more of these types of experiences is unknown. VRFocus will continue to follow ILMxLAB’s work in VR closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.

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