360-degree doc to be released for Oculus Rift

Created and directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Danfung Dennis, Zero Point (pictured) is billed as "the first movie to be shown in 3D, 360-degree video" on the virtual reality headset.
October 23, 2014

A 360-degree documentary will be released for the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift on October 28.

Zero Point (pictured) is about the pioneers, researchers and developers in the field of virtual reality.┬áBilled as “the first movie to be shown in 3D 360-degree video on Oculus Rift,” it was produced by virtual reality studio Condition One and directed by Danfung Dennis, who received an Academy Award nomination for his 2011 documentary Hell and Back Again.

Viewers wearing the headset can look all around and above them in a beach scene, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and military training drills in Camp Pendleton in scenes shot with a custom VR-enabled camera.

Zero Point will be available exclusively through Oculus Rift development kits for US$11.99 from October 28 to November 4. The regular price thereafter is $14.99.

Watch the trailer below and read a feature from the September/October 2014 issue of realscreen about natural history films being developed for Oculus Rift here.

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