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Virtual Reality Filmmaking
Techniques & Best Practices for VR Filmmakers

ISBN 9781138233966
Published November 13, 2017 by Routledge
190 Pages 174 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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


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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