The second animated short from Oculus Story Studio, Henry, is cute beyond words. In the non-interactive animation, which is beautifully lit and full of expressive characters, a hopeful little hedgehog tries to make friends without poking everyone he hugs. He wanders around his home, humming, and being able to peer around really makes it feel like you’re ‘inside’ the movie. So does Henry himself, who makes eye contact with you thanks to Rift’s head tracking. You can’t talk to him or reach out and touch him, but you’ll almost certainly want to.
Good VR video is definitely going to require different techniques in directing and cinematography. Virtual tourism is particularly exciting – VR films are immersive, but stepping foot into accurately rendered landmarks from a thousand miles away will change education.