Signal Space Lab delves into the human condition in Afterlife, a live-action VR title launching in Q1 2019, debuting their pioneering technique Seamless Interactive Cinematic for Live Action VR content.
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Signal Space Labs, an industry-leading, production-house-turned VR studio, is ready to shake the virtual-world with Afterlife, a narrative-focused look into one family’s grief after a tragedy as they struggle to deal with their new reality. Challenged to find meaning a mother in denial, a daughter in search of herself and an absent father try to deal with their grief.
Afterlife uses a new VR technique dubbed Seamless Interactive Cinematic VR which does away with loading screens. Inspired by choose-your-own-adventure games and multi-linear stories, Seamless Interactive Cinematic VR allows treating live-action footage as dynamic content by enabling the experience to adapt organically to the behavior of the audience. The technique combines gaze-control to identify areas of user’s appeal and timing, the design and mapping of branches, and a careful continuity and transition treatment on set. Players would be able to entirely lose themselves in the narrative story without breaking their immersion with distracting scene breaks or deliberate decision making.
To bring the story to life with motion cameras, the studio created a 3 axis suspended crane system adapted to VR cameras, specially design for indoor on-set use. By leveraging on the current VR sensors and position retrieval from controls, the crane provided the production team to draw in the space and automate camera desire movement sequences and replicate them at will.
Afterlife is set to release in Q1 of 2019 on Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, and GearVR, with additional platforms being announced closer to launch. The first installment of Afterlife will be free to allow players to test this newly developed technology for themselves.