Making VR Movies You’d Actually Want to Watch, By Elizabeth Woyke

The key to making a compelling virtual-reality movie: forget about storytelling and focus on creating immersive worlds. So says Google’s VR filmmaker, Jessica Brillhart, who has quickly become a leader in the emerging field of cinematic VR content.

Brillhart, who spoke Wednesday at EmTech MIT 2016 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, describes her job as helping people create high-quality VR content—specifically, short 360° videos that consumers can watch online, using their smartphones and lightweight VR headsets. It’s an area of intense interest to Google, which began supporting 360° videos on YouTube last year and recently launched a mobile VR platform called Daydream, along with a compatible headset and smartphone.

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