Deepwater Horizon VR Director’s Commentary

360° VIDEO

Placing viewers in the room with Peter Berg and Colby Parker Jr.

About the project

 

Last August, Lionsgate contacted our team at SubVRsive to create a 360º experience to support the digital and Blu-Ray release of Deepwater Horizon. The vision was to bring the director’s commentary to the next level by shooting it in immersive 360º, offering fans a unique in-the-room experience with Director Peter Berg and Editor Colby Parker Jr. as they discussed the movie.

Commentary in 360º

 

Unlike traditional video, which is constrained to a tight frame, 360 Video offers a full 360º x 180º panoramic field of view. This allows users to take full control of their viewing experience and look wherever they want within a scene. To take advantage of this open format, we set up cameras in between Peter and Colby and filmed them as they discussed behind-the-scenes details of three scenes from the movie.

Placing the cameras in the center of the action allowed us to create a true sense of presence for users by making them feel a part of the conversation. With a VR headset like Google Cardboard, viewers need only look left to see Colby, right to see Peter, and straight ahead to see the very scenes they’re discussing – just as if they were in the same room.

Contextual immersion

 

In addition to showing scenes from the film, we used a combination of behind-the-scenes footage, renderings, and sketches to supplement the commentary and add visual interest to the conversation. As Peter and Colby talk, these visual extras surround the viewer, creating a contextual immersion that enhances the sense of presence. From storyboard to finished product, users can see for themselves how the three discussed scenes came to life and how various special effects were achieved. With so much to see and explore within the commentary, no two viewers will experience it in quite the same way.

How to watch

To see the finished piece for yourself, download the free Deepwater Horizon VR app through the Apple App Store or Google Play. For the best viewing experience, we recommend viewing it through a VR headset like Google Cardboard.

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