VR MAKES YOU SCREAM

When D.W. Griffith introduced the extreme closeup in movie theaters in 1911, people were reported to have ran out of the theater screaming in terror. Others complained that the public wasn’t paying to see part of an actor’s body. Sounds weird, huh? Rheingold posited that, “we understand what is represented by disembodied ‘talking heads’ on …

FIRST ATTEMPT AT VR IN THEATERS

In the 1950s, Fred Waller invented the Cinerama, which is a theatre display that attempts to further immerse the audience in the movie. Basically, it’s three giant screens stitched together to create an almost 360 degree view effect. “A human being sees 115 degrees vertically and 185 degrees horizontally. A movie screen fills only a …

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CRITICAL THOUGHTS ON AN ANIMATED VR SERIES

The Virtual Reality Company, based in Los Angeles, announced that they are released a new animated VR series, “Raising a Ruckus” later this year. Spearheaded by VRC’s chief creative officer, Robert Stromberg, the 12-episode series will be about two siblings and their dog Ruckus who go on magical adventures together. It’s going to be released …

THOUGHTS ON NETFLIX’S “ABSTRACT”

Netflix recently released a new documentary series, “Abstract” which delves into different artists’ lives and explores the concept of design in multiple disciplines. The first episode is on the life and work of Christoph Neimann, who’s a graphic designer, illustrator, and author from Germany. I loved the episode for its prowess in directing and editing. …

Google Maps VR

The thing I love about VR is that it’s not limited to entertainment. We can use it for something meaningful. Google’s Beyond the Map is a wonderful example of VR being used as a vehicle for empathy in parts of the world we probably would never experience for ourselves. It’s an interactive website that lets …

NEW VR SURVIVAL HORROR GAME

Artist’s name: Firesprite Bio on Artist: Firesprite is a Liverpool-based videogame development company who has collaborated with Playstation WWS Japan Studio on The Playroom for Playstation 4. Recently, they created Run Sackboy! Run! for PLaystation WWS XDev for iOS, Android, and Playstation Vita. They are currently developing new games for PS4 and other major gaming …

Pierre Chareau VR

Artist’s name: Pierre Chareau Bio on Artist: Chareau was from Bordeaux and grew to become a renowned designer in France. He created custom furniture and interiors for esteemed clientele, such as leaders of French-Jewish intellectualism. In his work, Chareau countered the opulence of traditional French decorative arts with interior designs that were functional, aesthetically pleasing, …