One can hardly imagine being part of a favourite show. An old-school way of watching it (even if streaming) doesn’t give you complete immersion. Mr. Robot’s creators have decided to change it by introducing VR to all familiar storytelling.


Are we acting along with stars yet?

Not really. The experiment was presented at this year Comic Con programme. The main idea was to transform the show format we’ve got used to. Since the first movie was filmed, little has changed in cinematographic field. Of course, the genius of great directors brought new perspectives to the storytelling, but the audience still realises that the reality of the shows is prescribed, one-sided and told mostly by the screenwriters.

Not so long time ago, an animated VR cartoon has ben produced to start long meaningful relationships between cinematography and virtual reality. Then, the first advertisement appeared. VR has been even used for school field trips to save parents money (relatively). Later, Sam Esmail, the man behind Mr. Robot, has decided get it to the whole new level and correct a common perception of movie audience as passive, filming a short episode in VR. This unprecedented attempt to present a scripted virtual reality video was more than welcomed by fans of the show.

Mr. Robot. VR

You may ask why it is so important. When certain limitations may occur (read technical issues), the video is still widely available to the general audience. The latter now can actually choose the angle of visual perception. Isn’t it exciting that one day you will be able to sit on the sofa with your favourite character and be your own director? Anyway, the precedent has occurred, and the audience wants more. If it wasn’t for good, VR industry wouldn’t get $3.5 billion of investments over the last two years.

For the creators it also brings some unexpected perks. It is quite expectable to film numerous episodes to keep the audience satisfied. VR shows, on the contrary, bring the ability to watch and re-watch anew. Clearly, a lot is going to be missed during the first encounter. To sum up, producing this expensive content, one can be sure the audience is going to enjoy the same episode couple of times unlike the most of the movies and shows.

Mr. Robot. VR


What it possibly holds for us?

The format clearly won’t change drastically. The majority of not so savvy people are not going to get the nerds’ excitement. Although, 500 million of headsets are projected to be sold annually by 2025 allowing great amount of people to enjoy VR. All in all, this type of scripted VR has a lot of potential. Pretending to be the dystopian fiction writer, one can imagine loads of content becoming much more gripping. Just think about horror movies in VR. It’s the whole new level of nervous breakdown and pants crapping. When all this is yet to come, one reasonable expectation is vivid.

Mr. Robot. VR

If there gonna be the shows and movies, are we becoming the part of virtual reality ourselves? Will there be a moment some time in quite distant future when we actually can interrupt and transform the plot? The answer is maybe. For now, after more and more cinema people will take this approach into consideration, we can be sure they will think about including some advertising, for example. It brings an incredible potential and probably brings a new field of virtually experienced advertising that can unobtrusively demonstrate you all the products properties. One’s better enjoy Elliot Alderson’s (main character) so far unspotted recollections.

All in all, if you haven’t seen it yet, you definitely should. It takes several viewings to have a look at everything, but the pleasure of “being there, done that” is real. Let’s hope that VR has soundly entered show and movie-making industry now.

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