Visitors to the Westfield World Trade Center (the recently opened mall below the World Trade Center) will be able to get a hands-on virtual reality experience this monthÂ â an experience curated by Tribeca Enterprises, the organization behind the Tribeca Film Festival.
Tribeca has held a number of VR events before, but programmer Loren Hammonds noted that those events are part ofÂ the film festival, and they usually attracted people who are âearly adoptersâ or at least âvery curious.â By installing a Virtual Arcade in the Westfield, Tribeca can potentially reach a more mainstream audience.
âThey might be having their first experience with VR,â Hammonds said.
The Virtual Arcade will feature four works â Invasion! (an animated film), Invisible (a supernatural series created by Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman), Kids (a music video for OneRepublic); and KÃ The Battle Within (a martial arts storyÂ tied to Cirque du Soleil).
Tribeca held a press event yesterday where reporters got to experience the films and hear from some of the filmmakers. Liman said his production company discussed Invisible as possible movie or TV show before settling on VR, which attracted him because of its immersiveness â a quality he said heâs aimed for in all of his films. Liman recalled trying VR for the first time and thinking, âThis is way more immersive than anything Iâve been able to accomplish.â
Liman and his producer Julian Tatlock acknowledged that that they had rethink some of their shooting methods to accommodate the technology. For example, Liman said that shooting 360-degree footage is much more of a âteam sport,â because you canât just edit around weak performances.
âIt has to be great in every direction,â he said. Viewers can look in everyÂ direction, so âtheyâre probably going to look at your warts, at your flaws.â
Tatlock added that they were told, âMaybe you [donât]Â want to move the camera too much or too fast or cut too fastâ â which makes it more challenging to create âa chase scene thatâs exciting.â So their approach was to do âshoot static shots, safety shots â and then we would push the envelope.â
The Tribeca Virtual Arcade will be open from Friday to Sunday, starting today and ending onÂ November 20.