Virtual Reality Company ( VRC ) – Production Studio Founded By Hollywood Veterans
The Virtual Reality Company ( VRC ) is a Hollywood based content studio that aims to create premium virtual reality experiences for film and entertainment, by combining the best in technology, art, and digital storytelling.
Founded by four Hollywood veterans and content producers including Guy Primus, Joel Newton, Christopher Edwards, and Robert Stromberg. With an equally, if not more impressive advisor board members that includes Steven Spielberg ( Jaws & E.T. ), Laurent Scallie, Kevin Morrow, James Newton Howard and G. Wayne Cough.
The Virtual Reality Company Ongoing & Future Projects
The company had raised $23 million in early funding. VRC is currently working with Hollywood filmmakers, but also working on projects associated with music industry and museum.
—“Showdown,” an immersive experience in which viewers investigate near-future crime scenes, told in 10- to 15-minute serialized segments to be sold as separate chapters.
—a virtual-reality documentary called “The Bus to Canton,” following former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis as he is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this August.
—“There,” a theatrical feature with significant virtual-reality components directed by Mr. Stromberg, a VRC co-founder and director of Walt Disney Co.’s “Maleficent.”
Will VR-Related Films Give VR Industry A Great Push to Mainstream?
As several highly anticipated consumer VR headsets are expected to launch by the end of this year and beginning of Q1 2016, Hollywood directors are working to have virtual reality content ready when these consumer VR headsets are available to mass consumer market.
“The gauntlet has been thrown,” said Chris Edwards, chief executive of Virtual Reality Co. According to Wall Street Journal, the company had been working on numbers of immersive entertainment projects.
“The fear is that this is going to be so compelling, that you’ll want to be antisocial,” said VRC’s Mr. Edwards. To that end, Mr. Spielberg, who serves on VRC’s board of advisers, and is at work on a project with the company that Mr. Edwards described as for a “full family audience.”
Steven Spielberg To Direct Sci-Fi Film – Ready Player ONE
Another exciting news worth mentioning is that director Steven Spielberg is set to direct “Ready Player One” for Warner Bros. Ready Play One is a hugely popular sci-fi virtual world story by Ernest Cline, the New York Time Bestseller was published by Random House Crown had received 6,000+ ratings on Amazon!
The story takes place in 2044 and follows the story of a virtual-reality game creator who offers up his entire company to the best player who can find an Easter egg in one of his many virtual worlds via a game called OASIS.
A teenager named Wade Watts decides to take it on after millions have failed over many years. The key to winning the game is a plethora of pop culture clues from the 1980s. Whomever figures it out and wins the game — without having their avatars killed in the process — takes over the entire OASIS empire. ( via Deadline )
Ready Player One's Author Earnest Cline is also a fan of virtual reality, he told Fortune:
“I’ve played EVE Valkyrie and Star Citizen on Oculus Rift and VR gaming has taken flight simulators a quantum leap forward today,” Cline says. “The old 2D flight simulators never really cut it because you couldn’t look to your right and see your wing or look around the cockpit controls. It’s not a huge leap to connect VR piloting with quantum data teleportation, which was successfully achieved late last year as I was finishing Armada.”
Hollywood and film industry seem to be one of the most aggressive and optimistic in adopting and incorporating virtual reality as topic and inspiration for new film projects, and VR technology for content production.
Another film about virtual reality is “Ghost In The Shell” starring Scarlett Johansson is set for release in 2017. Here is the report about Ghost In The Shell Movie.
Content & Image Source: Virtual Reality Co. , Wall Street Journal, Crunch Base, Deadline, Fortune