The future becomes easier to analyse when we look at the past.
Films entered the lives of human beings in the early 20th century. Before that human beings had just seen paintings and pictures. Suddenly, we saw moving pictures at a very fast pace – video.
Multiple videos combined together became film. The initial films were black and white, did not have any sound, the music was synced by the orchestras performing live during the film. With time films added sound, colour, moving shots, crane shots, 3D, etc.
About 100 years of millions of human work has helped films reach where it reached today.
And then comes Virtual Reality (VR).
Virtual Reality – the future of Cinema?
Before VR, we were just watching films on a screen of a theatre. With Virtual Reality, the screen comes in front of our eyes.
It’s just like how we experience the real world. It shows the world in 360° degrees. When we look left – it shows what’s happening in the left direction. When we look right – it shows what’s happening in the right direction. When we look up/down – it shows what’s happening in the up/down directions.
So, now we don’t just watch the characters on the screen but we might get a chance to live the story with the characters where we ourselves may become a character.
We might become the protagonist of the story and the story unfolds as per the decisions which we make. Just like how it happens in the real world.
Some of the stories might be a mix of gaming and story-telling, creating a brilliant new form of not just watching but living stories.
The possibilities with VR are endless. VR is all about innovation, creativity, experimenting, failing and learning what works and what doesn’t. We need to focus on the process and enjoy every bit of it.
Hollywood is embracing VR and we are sure Bollywood will catch-up soon.
Virtual Reality is not just a little upgradation to films but it’s a transformation.
Transformation takes time but is worth it!