Disney And Nokia Partner Up To Shoot Virtual Reality Movies

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As virtual reality starts to take off this year and increase in popularity in years to come, it’ll be in our life one way or another — whether it’s to play games or watch Netflix or a TV show. So far it seems as though no one has thought of the idea of using virtual reality in films, but Disney and Nokia have partnered up to create virtual reality movies.

Nokia has said Disney will use it’s $60,000 Nokia OZO camera along with software behind it to shoot 360 degree videos. Both companies have signed a multi year deal today to use this high end camera for upcoming Disney films. In fact, Disney used 360 degree cameras in their recent movie The Jungle Book to shoot extras including interviews with the cast and a short film about the film’s premiere.

Chief technology officer Jamie Voris at Walt Disney Studios said in a statement:

We are very excited to collaborate with Nokia Technologies to help explore the creation of VR content for our theatrical releases. We aim to bring extraordinary experiences to audiences around the world, and specially-created VR content is one more way we can transport people even further into the worlds our filmmakers create.

Back in November, Nokia unveiled their $60,000 camera, and said they would look into speaking with Hollywood filmmakers to shoot movies in 360 degrees. The downfall is that you’ll need a compatible device that’ll work with OZO in order to view films. No mention of which devices are compatible yet, but it could be some time before a movie from Disney comes out in VR.

What are your thoughts about Disney and Nokia teaming up and creating films in virtual reality? Think it’ll take off or will people still go to the theaters to see movies? Let us know by leaving your comments down below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

  Source: Fortune
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