The 10-minute movie is the first in a lineup of VR-based flicks designed to showcase the Oculus platform.
Henry, a short animated film about a lonely hedgehog who just wants a hug, debuted Tuesday, but it won’t be coming to a theater near you.
The 10-minute movie is the first in a lineup of virtual-reality-based flicks designed by Oculus Story Studio to showcase the VR platform as a filmmaking tool.
Facebook-owned Oculus VR on Tuesday presented Henry to an exclusive audience during an invite-only event in Beverly Hills. Attendees strapped on consumer versions of the Oculus Rift headset, and were immersed in a 360-degree view of Henry’s world as he made his birthday wish.
Though Hollywood has embraced 3D movies, it has yet to take on virtual realitya concept director Guillermo del Toro and Disney’s LucasFilm are testing, according to Reuters.
Directed by Ramiro Lopez Dau (of Pixar’s Brave and Monsters University), Henry is the second Story Studio production. Oculus’s debut film, Losta short animation about a mechanical creature that comes alive in the forestplayed at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Both movies will be available for free with next year’s consumer Rift headset, which could set you back up to $1,500 when combined with the PC needed to run it.
And while Oculus is certainly keeping its fingers crossed for a virtual reality boom, the company admits that the technology is still in its infancy. One thing that might help its advancement is the new Nokia OZO camera, a spherical device with several cameras intended to help video pros produce VR content. In May, GoPro showed off a similar camera that utilizes six Hero4 cameras.