Cannes Film Festival Reveals Disagreements About VR in Film

Published by , May 23, 2016 12:15 am

(LiveScience) The 2016 Cannes Film Festival featured a festival first: screenings of virtual reality (VR) short films and presentations in a pavilion dedicated exclusively to VR. Famed director Steven Spielberg said he’s skeptical about VR’s effectiveness as a storytelling tool, and questioned whether it should be seriously considered.
Other festivalgoers hailed VR and its immersive worlds as an exciting new direction for cinema, offering fresh opportunities for storytelling. “Madagascar” co-director Eric Darnell presented a 6-minute VR film at Cannes titled “Invasion!” and told Reuters that he saw VR not as an extension of cinema, but as “its own thing,” describing it as “a brand-new language.”

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