From critiquing to promoting, the director changed his tone about VR and even mentioned some of the technology that is coming further down the line.
The highly acclaimed director of some of the world’s most well-known science fiction movies has had a few things to say about virtual reality (VR). Last year he warned consumers about the new medium. “I think we’re moving into a dangerous medium with virtual reality. The only reason I say it is dangerous is because it gives the viewer a lot of latitude not to take direction from the storytellers but make their own choices of where to look.” Essentially, giving people too much power over what is going on in a scene would make it difficult to tell a coherent story. And while it isn’t certain that his worries about where the medium is moving have changed completely, he painted the medium in a more positive light during his time on stage together with Ernie Cline, the original author of the book, and some of the cast from the movie.
Spielberg and the rest of the crew took questions from the audience and it was during this that he spoke about the technology from a different perspective. “Well, the virtual world was amazing. When I read Ready Player One, when I read Ernie’s book, it was like the most amazing flash forward, and flashback, at the same time”, he says. He also delves into how the book connected his love for the 1980’s, to the future where VR is a big thing. Moving on he notes that the future described in the book ”is out there awaiting all of us, whether we like it or not.”
Speaking more specifically about the production and inspiration for the movie he said that “the creation of a virtual world took almost two-and-a-half years of preparation.” Later, he explains that what inspired him to make the movie was the book’s dystopian setting, where the grim reality made it more appealing to engage with life through the virtual world. He even delves into haptic feedback suits, which are now on their way to the market, and speaks clearly about how new clothes enable different sensations, such as painful and sensual ones. At this point, it seems the director has done some reading up on what technology is moving around in the industry. The movie is set for a global release in theaters March 2018.
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