A lot of stressed out urbanites long for a break in unspoiled nature. This longing was the inspiration for the 360° VR video ‘Longing for Wilderness’.
With his work, digital artist Marc Zimmermann creates visual landscapes that are an expression of his thoughts and feelings. Virtual reality was the next logical step in this evolution in order to let the viewers delve even deeper into his works. His first experiment with this fascinating technology was for the VR initiative ‘VR Now’ for the Animation Institute of the Film Academy (Animationsinstitut der Filmakademie) in the German State of Baden-Württemberg. In ‘Longing for Wilderness’, Marc illustrates the modern urbanite’s longing to escape their everyday stress and find peace and quite in nature.
The 360° video takes the viewer on a trip that starts in the city jungle at night and ends in untouched nature. For those without VR glasses, the YouTube version can be moved freely in 360° over the course of the entire tracking shot. But the video’s full impact can only be felt when viewed through VR glasses!
Working on a 360° VR project offers a range of new design possibilities, as Marc describes: “As an artist you have limited possibilities for controlling the viewer’s focus using camera movements. VR opens new possibilities for letting the viewer dive deeper into the overall experience by using composition, animation and sound to steer them in the desired direction.”
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