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.

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