After mastering the existing settings, Mexican filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu taps the futuristic VR opportunity. Iñárritu had won Oscar for Birdman and The Revenant. He has now bagged the first Oscar award ever granted to a VR experience. Though the Academy doesn’t have a category for virtual reality yet, this special award could pave a way for one, just the way it did by establishing the ‘Best Animated Feature’ category just a few years after giving out a special Oscar to the Toy Story 1 in 1995.
Virtual Reality is hands down one of the most popular technologies in today’s era. Be it games or other 3D experiences, virtual reality is trending like never before. The Academy of the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it will be presenting a special Oscar statuette to Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Carne y Arena, which translates to Virtually Present, Physically Invisible.
AMPAS president John Bailey said in a statement to Engadget, “Iñárritu’s multimedia art and cinema experience is a deeply emotional and physically immersive venture into the world of migrants crossing the desert of the American southwest in early dawn light. More than even a creative breakthrough in the still emerging form of virtual reality, it viscerally connects us to the hot-button political and social realities of the U.S.-Mexico border.”
He created the exhibit which is now on display in various museums worldwide. It explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees over a VR experience. It aims at giving people a way to live through a part of immigrant’s journey. Based on true immigrant’s accounts, this installation has used vast spaces, sand-covered floors and cold waiting rooms to make the six-and-a-half-minute VR sequence. Virtual Reality is undoubtedly emerging as the basis of visionary and powerful experience in storytelling.