'Jurassic World: Blue' comes to Oculus VR
Virtual reality technology is bringing “Jurassic World” to life! Timed to coincide with today’s launch of the new Oculus Go standalone VR headset, Universal Pictures and Felix & Paul Studios have revealed “Jurassic World: Blue,” a two-part cinematic virtual reality experience that boasts visual effects and animation by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and sound by Headspace Studio.
Directed by Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël, each chapter of “Jurassic World: Blue” delivers a single, continuous take, combining live-action and CG in 360-degree 3D and resulting in some of the longest visual-effects shots ever created.
The first episode of “Jurassic World: Blue” is now available for Oculus Go and Oculus Rift, with a second episode coming soon. Each of the two four-minute virtual reality experiences was captured and produced using Felix & Paul Studios’ full-spectrum VR platform, including the studio’s proprietary, state-of-the-art cameras and pre- and post-production software suite.
“We’re thrilled to bring the magic of this iconic series to VR with Oculus Go. The fluid camera moves, as well as the phenomenal animation and rendering, create a sense of presence and immersion that makes ‘Jurassic World: Blue’ a new high watermark in cinematic VR,” said Colum Slevin, Head of Experiences, Oculus.
Set on Isla Nublar, “Jurassic World: Blue” occurs four years after the catastrophic events in which Jurassic World was abandoned, with the dinosaurs overtaking the island. Amid the threat of volcanic eruption, we encounter the highly intelligent velociraptor Blue on her quest for survival. Viewers follow Blue as she hunts for food, searches for signs of life, and battles some of the island’s most threatening predators — amid the imminent destruction of the island.
“Universal is excited to partner once again with Felix & Paul Studios and release our new virtual reality companion experience to the ‘Jurassic World’ series,” said Austin Barker, EVP, Universal Pictures Creative Content. “Felix & Paul Studios has created a stunning experience, one that represents spectacular advancements in cinematic, narrative storytelling in VR. It’s thrilling to bring ‘Jurassic World’ to life in this way.”
“‘Jurassic World: Blue’ invites viewers to immerse themselves in what it would feel like to be in close proximity with this stunning creature — with the mixture of striking beauty and awe that accompanies this unique VR experience,” said Lajeunesse, creative director and co-founder of Felix & Paul Studios.
“Jurassic World: Blue” is a follow-up to 2015’s highly acclaimed VR experience “Jurassic World: Apatosaurus,” co-produced by Felix & Paul Studios, Universal and Oculus.