AR, VR And Filmmakers

by Guy Frum

Humans have always wanted to escape reality to somewhere where everything seems better and has a happy ending. Filmmakers dug into this inane craving and produced drama. Movies. Everyone would stream to the cinema or sit down in front of a screen in their homes for quite some time to watch how a man conquered all his enemies using only a pencil and a thirst for revenge.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality have now stepped in, trying to bridge the gap between seeing and experiencing. In virtual reality, you could be anyone and do whatever you wanted to do. Virtual reality could now take a user to another world. Instead of watching it in front of a screen, he would be in the world himself. While Augmented Reality brought the virtual world to you. 

Many filmmakers have wasted no time in embracing this new technology. Some of the biggest names in filmmaking all over the world have tried their hands at Virtual Reality Movies. Kathryn Bigelow, an Oscar-winning director used VR to create The Protectors, a documentary Against Poaching.

 In 2017, Film director Alejandro G. Iñárritu won the Oscar for his VR short film, Carne y Arena. Steven Spielberg even created Ready Player One, a movie on Virtual Reality and our Future.


AR and VR are great improvements on 3D. In 3D, where objects and actors could move in and out of the screen, Virtual Reality provides the viewer an immersive experience where he could view the scenes from different angles. Imagine staying right in the center of a gunfight with bullets passing through your body or watching actors fly out of a plane and you flying right along with them. The possibilities are endless.
Right now, most filmmakers choose an angle to shoot from but with this piece of technology, they could shoot from as many angles as they want, leaving control in the hands of the viewer. With Augmented Reality, the movie would leave the screen and interact with real-life objects and the viewer at the same time. Tom and Jerry could be running around in your bedroom. Yes, Revenge for Tom. Finally. That rat is not escaping anymore.

Virtual Reality still has a long way to go in the filmmaking industry before it becomes mainstream and regular. Immersive storytelling is complex but the technology is evolving at a fast pace and it won’t be long before viewers in a cinema will be able to see a movie from different aspects. Without an iota of doubt, AR and VR are taking the industry into uncharted waters, greater heights, and new frontiers.