With the advent of Oculus Rift in sight and on the horizon, virtual reality films have also been making their debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. “Perspective; Chapter 1: The Party,” is a 12-minute film dealing with a sexual assault at a college party by Rose Troche and Morris May.
To view the film, you strap on an Oculus Rift headset that immerses you in a story which is described like this:
A young woman attends her first college party, her mind set on cutting loose and shedding the “shy girl” identity she’s struggled with since high school. At the same party, an awkward, but slightly charming young man is hoping for a similar reinvention. Add booze and misinterpreted signals, and two different stories emerge out of what happens during the night’s events. Perspective allows viewers to experience the same encounter from two completely different points of view.
The first half of the movie tells the story from the man’s perspective, the second tells it from a very intoxicated victim’s. It was all shot in a day at a fraternity at the University of Southern California with actors. Though victim and assailant get equal time, an actual assault is not depicted, but the film leaves no question that a criminal act occurred.
Virtual reality first appeared on the scene at Sundance in 2012 with the film “Hunger In L.A.” There are 11 virtual reality experiences at Sundance altogether this year.
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