How VR content enhances your empathy

With ‘Henry,’ a cinematic leap into world of virtual reality

On a recent afternoon in sparsely chic offices here, the people making the virtual-reality animated short “Henry” convened to watch footage of their cutting-edge film.The group of about a dozen — mostly young and many of them with Pixar backgrounds — gathered in a semicircle as the director, a gregarious filmmaker named Ramiro Lopez Dau, engaged in what appeared to be a tribal ritual. He dropped to the floor, strapped on a headset and began crawling around an area rug, extending his head this way and that in the manner of a disoriented cat. “I felt a lot of trail with that smoke,” Lopez Dau said, poking his head in one direction. “It’s really visible.” ….[READ]

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