Virtual Reality Filmmaking
Techniques & Best Practices for VR Filmmakers
Virtual Reality Filmmaking presents a comprehensive guide to the use of virtual reality in filmmaking, including narrative, documentary, live event production, and more. Written by Celine Tricart, a filmmaker and an expert in new technologies, the book provides a hands-on guide to creative filmmaking in this exciting new medium, and includes coverage on how to make a film in VR from start to finish. Topics covered include:
- The history of VR;
- VR cameras;
- Game engines and interactive VR;
- The foundations of VR storytelling;
- Techniques for shooting in live action VR;
- VR postproduction and visual effects;
- VR distribution;
- Interviews with experts in the field including the Emmy-winning studios Felix & Paul and Oculus Story Studio, Wevr, Viacom, Fox Sports, Sundance’s New Frontier, and more.
Table of Contents
Introduction and Definitions
PART I - Theoretical and Technical Foundations
Chapter 1 - History of VR by Eric Kurland
Chapter 2 - Live-Action VR Capture and Post-Production
Chapter 3 - Game Engines and Interactive VR
Chapter 4 - VR Headsets and Other Human-VR Interfaces
PART II - Virtual Reality Storytelling
Chapter 5 - VR: A New Art?
Chapter 6 - VR as a Storytelling Tool
Chapter 7 - Make a Film in VR from Start to Finish
The Future of VR / Conclusion
List of Interviewees
About the Author
Celine Tricart is a filmmaker and founder of Lucid Dreams Productions, whose work was showcased at the Sundance Film Festival and gathered numerous international awards. Her past credits include "Stalingrad" and "Transformers: Age of Extinction." Celine produced and directed Maria Bello’s "Sun Ladies," a VR experience about the Yazidi women fighting ISIS in Iraq. She has previously published another book, 3D Filmmaking: Techniques and Best Practices for Stereoscopic Filmmakers (2016).
"As the flood of new technologies drives us all forward into the future, creative content pros still possess the timeless ‘killer app’ – a great immersive story. But when meeting a new generation of consumer appetites with bigger and more exciting experiences, even the best storytellers need to know more. In this book, Director Celine Tricart superbly presents both the challenges facing us today and the real-world, practical solutions that will save time, money, and frustration tomorrow. It's a guidebook to success."
—Jim Chabin, President, Advanced Imaging and VR Society