by Mark Serrels
Usually celebrity Ask Me Anythings on Reddit consist of one word answers and people avoiding the hard questions. James Cameron's Ask Me Anything was not like this. It was awesome and, surprisingly he spent a fair amount of time talking about games, mainly virtual reality.
But perhaps the funniest, most out of the blue moment was Cameron admitting that the first Resident Evil movie was his all time favourite guilty pleasure. "I just like that film," he said. "You don't have to defend a guilty pleasure."
Later in the thread, someone asked Cameron for his thoughts on Oculus Rift and Virtual Reality. Seems like Cameron is keen to integrate VR into his own movies.
I personally would be very interested to find a way to incorporate VR and a narrative filmmaking experience. So a narrative directed experience that has individuated pathways where you have choices that you make in real-time, I think that would be a lot of fun. I think it would be very technically daunting and expensive, to do it as the same quality level as a typical feature, but it would be fun to experiment with. It sounds like a lot of fun. I don't think it would take over the feature film market though. I'm very familiar with VR, but I haven't seen the specific Oculus Rift device. I'm interested in it, I'm meant to see it sometime in the next month or so, but I've been familiar with VR since its inception. In fact, virtual reality is a way of describing the way we work on Avatar, we work in a virtual workspace all day long. We use a "virtual camera" which is how I create all the shots that are CG in the film, a window into a virtual reality that completely surrounds me.
Interestingly, I seem to remember reading about how Cameron shot Avatar and thinking that it sounded almost exactly like virtual reality. Interesting to think that he's considering experimenting with the device for cinematic purposes. It's an intriguing thought, and reaffirms for me that the Oculus Rift (and other devices like it) have a potential for use outside of the video game space. In fact, the potential is almost endless.
If you're a fan of Cameron's movies, the AMA really is a must read. One of the best ones I've read in a while.
This post originally on Kotaku Australia, where Mark Serrels is the Editor.