It seems that the new virtual reality technology can serve for more than our mere entertainment, as Oculus Quill can be used to create movies. Oculus Story Studio has used the new tool to produce the upcoming motion picture Dear Angelica, featuring brilliant visuals. The studio was created exactly one year ago and has produces two other movies in the meantime.
The first motion picture focused on virtual reality is Lost, which was followed by Henry, a 3D animated movie. However, Dear Angelica is the first one that used the new tool named Oculus Quill. Will it be different from the other two? Yes, since not only does it display the full potential of virtual reality, but also involves the user in the story.
The story follows a teenage girl who is reflecting on her life by taking a look at her mother’s memories. As the viewer finds out more about her, the world starts being painted around them, and each stroke of the brush reveals new details. You can decide whether you wish to follow the story, follow the brush or simply take a look at the art. All these elements are visible no matter where you are standing. Should you wish to take a closer look at something, all you need to do is lean in.
The wonderful visual effects were created with the help of the previously mentioned Oculus Quill. This new tool can be used to create art by the simple movement of the hand, and is quite similar to the Tilt Brush from HTC Vive. Unfortunately, Oculus Quill will not be available for everyone to use. For the moment, only Oculus illustrators will be able to create visual art with the quill. On the other hand, the HTC Vive tool can be bought by all users.
This is truly an extraordinary opportunity for artists to be able to put all their emotions in their art and to represent it as closely as they can to the ideas they have in their minds. As a result, viewers will more easily understand the meaning of their art. Since Oculus Quill can be used to create movies, it can also display the progress of a painting, thus conveying movement to the still images. Wesley Allsbrook, illustrator of Dear Angelica, declared that this is all she has ever dreamed of. Who knows, maybe soon enough we will have moving and talking pictures on the walls, just like Hogwarts had those portraits hanging on its corridors.
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