The Hobbit – 90 Seconds on Oculus Rift
Sky and Jaunt have collaborated on a project that will drive fans of Oculus Rift, virtual reality and J. R. R. Tolkien absolutely crazy.
They have decided to launch an immersive experience of The Hobbit on Oculus Rift’s virtual reality headset and Google Cardboard. The project is being created and launched in celebration of the latest film in the series, called “The Battle of Five Armies” which is due to release this month. The cinematic virtual reality clip of the film was shot on the set location; somewhere close to Matamata in New Zealand. The filming of this clip started a week before the release of the original film, which people claim is the last one (with reference to Tolkien’s work) for Peter Jackson.
The virtual reality clip is 90 seconds long and shows Gandalf walking around the pleasantly tranquil Shire. In a manner of tribute to the first Lord of The Rings film, Gandalf is shown setting off fireworks alá Sir Ian Mckellen’s character in the first movie. When asked about the brilliant project, Sky’s director of entertainment channels – Stuart Murphy – responded with: “The latest cinematic VR production takes thing up a notch or two. Using the strength of our relationships with studio partners, we were able to put a call into our great friends at Warner Brothers to get Jaunt exclusive access to The Hobbit set in New Zealand. As a result, we’ve collectively been able to work together to create a 90 second clip of Middle-earth from the film, all in jaw dropping cinematic VR.”
Critics and film buffs who have viewed the virtual reality clip of the film have claimed that it is intensely rich in detail, very well shot and a delight to experience through Oculus Rift. There appears to be a lot of thought put into the 90 second clip which shows scintillating features in the film, and is genuine proof that Jaunt is well able to pull off highly creative immersive virtual reality experiences in very little time. The footage of the clip has been shot using the camera rig owned by Jaunt and was showcased to critics last night; at the world premiere of The Battle of Five Armies. The clip was shown to the viewers using Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard’s respective headsets. Virtual Reality Times will keep following the latest news on Oculus Rift and The Hobbit, reporting back with any further details.