Of my 21 VR experiences, the one that came the closest to a full-on VR narrative was Randal Kleiser's Defrost (with Tanna Frederick). Kleiser, famous as the director of the film Grease, brought a filmic sensibility to his piece that began with the casting of talented and recognizable actors (Carl Weathers and Bruce Davison to start). It's a simple first person narrative about a woman who awakens from cryogenic sleep to find her grown children surrounding her. Not much happens, but this is (quite obviously) just the first part of a multi-part series and points to potential for a real story. Defrost is a non-interactive (i.e. pre-rendered) 360 video piece that runs on the Gear VR. This simplest of setups may be one of the secrets to its narrative success. 

 

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