Today during the Sundance Film Festival, Oculus has announced Story Studio University, and initiative by the company to “inspire and educate the next generation of VR filmmakers.”
While games are an obvious starting point for virtual reality, perhaps the next nearest use-case is VR film: narrative driven experiences which are more about story than gameplay.
Talk to any pioneering VR filmmaker and they’ll tell you that the medium is in its infancy, that ‘the language of VR film is still being discovered’, not unlike the early days of traditional film which saw attempts to transpose radio and theater onto the screen, only to eventually blossom into its own medium entirely. The distinction between VR games and film is already blurry at times—as some VR film experiences like Oculus’ Henry are interactive and rendered in real-time, just like a game—and will probably only get blurrier.