Virtual Reality Storytelling
A movie is a visual depiction of a story. Traditional storytelling is done by the depiction of scenes one after the other. It’s passive. There’s a screen and there’s you. You watch the story unfold on the screen. This is exactly where the difference between traditional storytelling and virtual reality storytelling comes in. VR storytelling is a form of digital storytelling which presents a more captivating and engaging medium. Digital Storytelling is an extensive approach for engaging mass audience with content in a more effective way. It opens the way forward for creative liberty and enables the storyteller to share ideas with more broader spectrum.
In virtual reality storytelling, there’s a headgear instead of a screen. You don’t just watch the story; you are a part of the story. You live the story. Storytelling in VR needs to provide sensation of being in actual space so that audience can experience real emotions. It offers the engaging experience of sharing same space with characters.
Anyone would frown if told a movie is about the journey of two little girls travel to their school. How boring, right? But the same story comes to life with virtual reality. It’s not just seeing the actors go to school, but joining them on the journey. Through the mountains, the rivers and the rocky valleys. A story as simple as that takes the viewer to an entirely different world. It’s like travelling, without even leaving the chair! Crossing the Sky is the aforementioned movie; produced by Memesys Culture Lab.
It’s not just about the experience sometimes; it’s also about the retention. A virtual reality movie aids retention of the scene; which is an added advantage when it comes to history movies. Of course you’ll remember the name of the place where an event took place if you were standing right there, on that very ground. This is VR for you.
Virtual reality storytelling is a challenge at a whole new level because now it’s not about telling, but also about living.