Before his time, as they say. The late, great film critic Roger Ebert was quoted some years ago regarding his fascination with the future possibilities of cinematic virtual reality:
“Virtual reality is still more theory than practice, but for a movie critic, it holds out fascinating possibilities. What is a movie, after all, but a crude form of VR, in which we see and hear what the filmmaker desires? Anyone who has ever laughed or cried at the movies has experienced a form of VR.”
Undoubtedly, Mr. Ebert shared Triple-i’s vision of moviegoers someday transcending the archaic motion picture technology of the last century and advancing into immersion. That’s the brand new medium that envelops viewers into a convincing, virtual environment. Now the viewer is free to look and walk about freely in this world, creating a “shared dream” experience.
Industry experts acknowledge while the VR entertainment industry is in its infancy, this dazzling new medium has begun to take root. According to Randall Rudd, Triple-i founder/director, “Once our technology stabilizes and product becomes available, immersion will be a ‘game changer.’”
Although Roger Ebert did not live to see the revolution in entertainment he foretold, it is apparent that he saw what few could see. His gift of perception is the stuff of great critics. For that, we thank you, Mr. Ebert.