Auckland children were given a chance on 23 July to be the first to see what is claimed to be New Zealand’s first virtual reality movie, and only the second in the world.
Auckland Central City Library offered children the chance to “Come along and meet the charming Green Fairy and listen to the first part of her story - all in virtual reality!”
Using Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles they were able to view a short teaser for the Green Fairy movie, which will be available later this year to view VR enabled devices.
The movie is being produced by Auckland based Conical Virtual Reality Studio, and the Collaboratory for Design and Creative Technologies (Colab) at Auckland University of Technology.
The Conical team comprise Alejandro Davila and Taura Greig. Davila, according to the Conical web site, after working for 10 years in the film and animation industry, quit his job to dedicate himself full time to create story-driven VR experiences. Greig, after working on several interactive art installations, worked as the lead programmer in mobile games and Air New Zealand’s VR Experience.
Colab was formally launched on 21 July. According to AUT, it is a cutting edge research institute and a creative industries network that cuts across the traditional boundaries between creative arts, design, digital media, computing, engineering and entrepreneurship, bringing these together in “one innovative, project-based learning environment.”
Its specialisations are digital animation, moving image production, interactive entertainment, gaming technologies, smart systems and robotics.