New Virtual Reality Video Goes Behind the Scenes of Rogue One!
Director Gareth Edwards demonstrates a very unique way of experiencing the making of Rogue One using virtual reality. In a brief video Edwards speaks about the benefits of having virtual reality and how it immensely improves the movie-making experience. For a reference video he uses the sequence that takes place in the Holy City on Jedha that was filmed at Pinewood Studios.
The creators of the new Star Wars movie, out Dec. 16, are giving fans the opportunity to go behind the scenes of a battle between rebels and stormtroopers with a stunning interactive experience available exclusively from PEOPLE. Check out the 360° video below, explorable by clicking and dragging your mouse across the screen. For a fully immersive virtual-reality experience using VR goggles, download the LIFE VR app for iOS and Android or visit time.com/lifevr.
In the video, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards takes us to Pinewood Studios in London, where the crew is filming an action sequence on the planet Jedha in which rebel fighters Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) lead an ambush against an Imperial tank and a squad of stormtroopers. “You can see the people in costumes constantly acting,” says the director. “They don’t know when they’re going to be in shot. That was part of the design of this set, so that at any point we could move the camera around and film 360° spontaneously.”
PEOPLE’s special issue, Star Wars: The Secrets of Rogue One, on newsstands Nov. 30 — will including a special Star Wars virtual-reality bonus with goggles included!