Announced during Star Wars Celebration Europe, the upcoming Darth Vader VR movie is being produced by ILMxLabs – much like the recently unveiled (and completely awesome) ‘Trials on Tatooine’ experience. “You are the visitor in this story that is happening in and around you, and to a certain extent you might even have some effect on,” said David S. Goyer. After experiencing ‘Trials on Tatooine’ for myself, I’m very excited by the prospect of a Darth Vader VR experience.
The Sundance Film Festival has long been on the cutting edge of indie film, and this year’s 10th iteration of its forward-looking New Frontier program is focused on the burgeoning field of virtual reality. VR has been buzzed about on and off since the ‘90s, but over the last several years, the emergence of consumer products such as the Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard has brought the technology closer to a viable storytelling medium. Google Cardboard: A basic hardware combination made of a cardboard mask and Android cell phone, it is already being used for niche projects and marketing experiments, making it the most accessible iteration of VR currently available.