The New World of Virtual Reality

Hey art lovers!

It’s Torre here to talk to you about a very new thing to the world of film and also the SOU campus. I’m talking about virtual reality! What is Virtual Reality (VR)  you ask? It is a 360-degree video that you can interact with either with a VR headset or by scrolling with your phone around the 360 world.

Now you might be wondering why I am talking about VR and that a wonderful question. I am currently in a class at SOU that is focused on this new medium and I think it is awesome. This type of video is so new that there is not much information or “rules” on how to use it and I love that. We are the creators that get to experiment and make the rules and we get to try new things daily which is pretty amazing!

In this post, I wanted to share with you a couple of VR videos that people at SOU have created that can be found on the SOU VR Vimeo page! So grab a VR headset, move your phone around, or scroll with your mouse/finger and enjoy!

First I will show you my personal documentary “on the road”

I made this film to take you along on my journeys in my car to some of my favorite places. I thought this would be a fun way to play with VR and test out how it looks when you travel in 360!

Here are some of my favorites from the class:

Adam Hill’s “Dead Indian Memorial Highway”

I love the way Adam used fun and fast edits in this film, it is something I had not seen done before with VR and I think that it made the film that much more interesting to watch!

Sophia Miller’s “Where is my home”

Sophia does an amazing job sharing a narrative with this film, not only do we get to see beautiful Ashland but we get to hear why this place is so special to her!

Mylz Blake’s “My Creative Space”

This documentary plays with the voiceover to direct the audience to look around Mylz’s Creative Space. This video has tons of creative shots and also caputures the true emotion of these peoples lives!

Presley Lambert’s Soccer “Mini Doc”

This video is fun for me to watch because of how it has been shot, the more you watch the more interactive it becomes which is really awesome! At one point the girls are even kicking a soccer ball over your head, pretty neat.

Zach Beltz’s “Rouge Valley”

This is a film of a time-lapse of a sunrise! It is very simple but at the same time is a beautiful video to just take a second and look around. I think this is one of the best ways to use 360-video.

I hope you enjoyed being in these 360 worlds for a couple of minutes! Hopefully, this post has given you some insight of the new world of VR and maybe influenced you to watch more or even make your own!

To see more of what SOU VR makes follow on Vimeo!

That’s all I have for now,

– Torre

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