ILMxLAB - VR Today Magazine
ILMxLAB - VR Today Magazine

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Star Wars Might Hit the Cinema in Virtual Reality with ILMxLAB

Star Wars is one of those franchises that has been with us for generations, and since it’s premiere on that night back in 1977, the story has been almost seared into our minds, as the unparalleled King of Science Fiction. Something we’re more than happy to concede here at VR Today Magazine.

With the emerging trend and tech of Virtual Reality, one of the most heatedly debated subjects of it’s implementation into daily media has been that of how and if Hollywood would start playing around with it.

It would seem that the team over at Lucas Film has taken on the challenge on being some of the first movers, which is seen through the work of their fresh new organization ILMxLAB. By harnessing the talents of ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) and Skywalker Sound, the team works on implementing virtual experiences into future platforms. These experiences include:

  • Virtual Reality
  • Augmented Reality
  • Real-time cinema
  • Theme park Entertainment
  • Narrative-based experience

The fact that there’s a dedicated team of experts working hard implementing this new and exciting technology into one of the world’s most memorable franchises is something that bodes well for the industry and the future of virtual reality.

We’re starting to pivot towards actually developing a new medium for telling stories that the public can get and experience for themselves. Anything from real time cinema, virtual reality or augmented reality. John Gaeta, Creative Director at ILMxLab.

If you would like to give your career a turbo-boost and you have what it takes, you can apply for a position at ILMxLAB here.

Trials of Tatooine – A VR experience

One of the most recent experiences is that of “Trials of Tatooine” which takes place on the desert planet of Tatooine, where you play the role of a Force-wielding jedi. Take up arms in the form of everybody’s favorite glowstick – the almost relic-like Lightsaber and get a hold of just how powerful Virtual Reality can be.

Announced at this years Star Wars Celebration event, Trials of Tatooine is actually available for free. If you’re a Steam user, head right over and download it here.

ILMxlAB at Star Wars Celebration Event

As of writing this article, the live Star Wars Celebration event has just taken place in London, and thousands of fans were tuning in to feel the Force. Below is a tweet from ILMxLAB’s SWC booth, promoting it’s recent experience: “Trials of Tatooine” which were available for curious fans, wanting to take the game for an early pre-launch spin.

What’s Next?

Since we’re still only in Virtual Reality’s infancy, there’s much that remains to be seen. What we can say is that we are keen that somebody out there are working hard on making our industry, the most exciting side of technology, a main stream concept. Best of luck to the team at ILMxLAB.

If you’d like to read more about their work, you can visit their website, have a look at their Facebook or Twitter, or simply stay tuned on future roles on http://jobs.lucasfilms.com. As for the Star Wars Franchise, it seems like they will be celebrating a 40-year anniversary next year, and we can’t wait to see what the team has in store for the big event.

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