Behind-the-scenes footage of this year’s Ready Player One shows director Steven Spielberg using an HTC Vive to bring the film to life.
The video below, taken from the extra content on the upcoming home video release, shows the legendary director adorning the popular VR headset in the early stages of production. With the help of Digital Domain, Spielberg was able to visualize the movie’s sets before anything had to be shot.
It’s quite fascinating to watch; at one point Spielberg summons a virtual camera to get a sense of what shooting scenes will be like, while later on he communicates with his team, who can change things on the fly as he looks around in VR. It makes a strong case for VR as a production toll in any movie.
Ready Player One is based on the Ernest Cline novel of the same name. The story is set in a dystopian future in which an overpopulated human race turns to a virtual metaverse known as the Oasis for all of its entertainment. The film grossed over $500 million at the box office.
Read Player One releases digitally on July 23rd, with home video releases arriving August 6th.