It’s no secret that Facebook is entirely devoted to 360 photos and videos and virtual reality – the social network wears its passion on its sleeve, finally showing it off in the first-ever film shot with its brand new Surround 360 camera.
The result is incredible, to say the least. The baby project of Facebook’s in-house studio – The Factory – “Here and Now” is a the three-and-a-half minute video that takes its viewers inside one of the largest and busiest transit locations in the world, New York City’s Grand Central Terminal.
The setting itself is enough to present the scene for blockbuster movies, but you can see eight small stories if you move your head around. There’s something intimate about watching ordinary people say hello and goodbye in a train station – and this is the stuff that makes up the tapestry of the vibrant Terminal.
Even though it’s dramatized, the movie is captivating, moving and somehow real. You won’t be able to watch that girl walking away from her parents without feeling the least bit emotional.
“Here and Now” can be watched on a browser – I have already watched it three times – but the experience is most convincing and immersive when you view it with the Samsung Gear VR.
Those looking to make a name for themselves in the burgeoning 360-degree cinematic market can use the Facebook Surround 360 camera to get them started because the company has made it open source. “Here and Now” should be an inspiration for any filmmaker who wants to create VR movies.
If you haven’t seen it yet, head over to Facebook to watch the superb short film. Some friendly advice? Make sure you have napkins at hand.
Facebook’s virtual reality camera was revealed last month, leaving developers drooling over the 17-lens video system that captures action in all directions. Now the Surround 360 is showing off its stuff, and the resulting short film does not disappoint in showcasing its immersive chops.
This is Facebook’s first video produced and filmed with its US$30,000 shooter, and even though the plot line won’t keep you glued to the screen, the technique sure will. This is a perfect example showing that Facebook is really serious with its big push into VR.
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