Virtual reality has had a huge impact on the world, but its destiny seems to only be just beginning. By blasting a wave of excitement and fun onto the world, VR looks to take its rightful place among the top digital breakthroughs of the 21st century. VR has made its way into several fields, with gaming being the most popular at the moment. However, it’s starting to find a place in education and training as well. Even with all of its success thus far, we have only begin to scratch the surface.
Entertainment seems to be the predominant direction that virtual reality is taking so it comes as no surprise that it’s taking animation to new heights. VR will alter the trajectory of animation in the years to come.
It Brings 3D Animation to Life
Three-dimensional videos have been limited by 2D monitors in recent years. The truth is that we have only just started to see the true visual appeal of 3D animation. We have already started to see this with the emerging popularity of 3D movies, but virtual reality is going to take this concept to another level. VR provides animation specialists with the ability to create fully rendered environments that can be showcased in the way that it was intended.
Animations Will Become Interactive
The relationship between viewers and media has always been quite strict. Until the emergence of VR, all they could do was view the media. There has really never been no real input – the only interaction is with video games. Virtual reality will create opportunities for the viewer to interact with the presented media in a brand-new way. They will have the opportunity to become characters in their favourite movies and shows.
Improved Emotional Appeal
Storytelling has always been popular throughout human culture. We have seen it evolve from drawings on caves, to Shakespearian plays, and into television. When an individual tells a story, they are trying to evoke emotions. Good storytellers actually help us learn more about ourselves in the process of being entertained. Virtual reality takes emotional appeal to a whole new level, bridging the gap between the real world and the virtual world. We are no longer forced to simply view characters. Animation specialists are able to create characters that we can experience first-hand.
Virtual reality is the tool that transforms animation into a form of reality that can be used in storytelling. Animation specialists are able to create immersive worlds that are highly flexible. This flexibility resembles choices that we can make in real life. This allows animators to improve their adaption of stories that might have been limited up until this point. Animators can provide an outlet for fans to enjoy their favourite stories first-hand. Old monster movies could be adapted into a virtual world; science fiction becomes more real; and fantasy takes on a new form.
Creates a Unique Experience
Aside from a few minor differences, when an individual views animation they are going to receive the same experience from it. Virtual reality will change that because people are going to make different choices. Thus, animators will be able to create unique experience for each viewer. It’s highly unlikely that all viewers would come out of a VR animation with the same experience. Animators can introduce their fans to entire worlds.
Storytelling is not a new phenomenon. Storytellers are on the constant lookout for new mediums to showcase their stories. Virtual reality is just the newest medium of choice due to their ability to provide viewers with the free will to make certain choices. Make no mistake; it’s going to take animation to new heights.