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Fox’s journey into virtual reality begins with ‘Wild’

Virtual reality is going to the movies and Hollywood’s excited about it. Or, at the very least, the execs at 20th Century Fox’s specialty division Fox Searchlight are cautiously and thoughtfully wading into the deep end of this new medium. For its film Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, the studio has crafted what it’s calling a companion VR piece with the help of Montreal-based VR artists/directors Paul Raphaël and Félix Lajeunesse, and it was demoed at CES in Las Vegas this week for select press. But the VR of Fox’s Wild, based on a novel about one woman’s journey of self-discovery while hiking the Pacific Trail, isn’t your typical mixture of flashy computer-generated graphics and gaming. There are no whiz-bang effects to assault the senses and deliver that cheap and obvious “wow” factor. It’s much more simplistic than that. It’s merely you, the VR viewer, strapped into a Samsung Gear VR headset ….[READ]

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