We invited some agency and production folks in Toronto by our office to take the VR experience we created alongside Felix & Paul Studios for a spin. And we asked photographer Maya Fuhr to shoot their reactions. It's called "Strangers: An Encounter with Patrick Watson", yes that one that everyone was talking about at SXSW last Spring. So basically, the user finds themselves sitting in Watson's studio on a snowy day in Montreal. It's just the two of you. Okay there's a dog in the room too, but we digress. Imagine a musician, premiering a song for you, and you alone, while you sit by his piano. We could go one, but the thing is, you have to try to it get it.
Basically the user experiences an extremely intimate moment that runs about seven minutes long. Every last aspect of the experience it at the service of reality, which is a departure for the medium that is currently being leveraged most by the gaming industry (not that there's anything wrong with that, we're totally down with spacecrafts).
Here's where we're going to get a little technical on you. Bare with us. Jean-Pascal (Director of Special Projects at Apollo) built a 360 Binaural Sound experience for Strangers. Hey! Don't go away, it's interesting, we promise. Basically, while the filmmakers were creating an immersive visual experience, J-P had to match that experience on an auditory level. Cool right?
We were so happy to get to chat about with some friends in Toronto and while none of them arrived in jet packs, we're pretty sure it's the future.