Recently Lucasfilm presented a bit of what they’ve been working on in regards to immersive cinema at the ILM xLab that was created back in June of this Year. The presentation was done at AutoDesk University 2015, a convention focusing on future technology. ILM’s xLAB is self described as:
The new laboratory for immersive entertainment. The combined talents of Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound are reinventing the way stories are told and experienced, connecting artists with their audiences like never before.
In non-PR speak xLab seems to be taking the combined might of Lucasfilm’s technical arms to create a sort of think tank project for the future of cinema using real time graphics for cinematic storytelling. What they have done is essentially created a brief Star Wars story featuring R2D2 and C3P0, but instead of relying on a single point of view that directs the viewer in how they can watch the story unfold, the entire environment has been created so that you can change perspective to view the story as it unfolds from anywhere within the confines of the created environment.
The idea here being that this can be used in a multitude of ways. The video shows how they are planning to use this as a mobile app and as a virtual reality experience. This mixing of a video game like 3D environment with cinematic storytelling has long been professed to be the future of movies. A true interactive world in which you can watch a story unfold. How much of that comes to pass remains to be seen. But the video below which features some of their early efforts at making this work is fascinating and worth a look for anyone interested in the technology of film making and the potential future of story craft.
Check out the full video below.
Thanks to Twitter member @ for the heads up.