By Charlene Badasie | 2 minutes ago
A brand new documentary filmed entirely in virtual reality is coming to HBO later this month. Created by director Joe Hunting, We met in virtual reality takes place entirely within the VR chat software. It examines the relationships of multiple users during the global pandemic and how their lives have been transformed by their time on the platform. Hunting also wrote the screenplay. While it’s probably too superficial for the project to convince people that virtual reality is a viable glimpse into the future of social interaction, it’s a pretty good start.
That We met in virtual reality The trailer features several characters participating in social activities such as playing pool, taking dance classes, riding roller coasters, and visiting one Jurassic Park-Themed tour. There is even a fancy looking wedding ceremony. The clip also introduces viewers to Jenny, an American Sign Language teacher dedicated to building a welcoming community for hearing-impaired VR Chat users. There are also two long-distance couples who are growing their relationships as they prepare to meet in real life.
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The documentary promises to chronicle the lives of these characters for over a year, often switching back and forth to explore their lives on the platform as their relationships evolve and change. Along with the characters featured in the trailer, follows the story of a fitness dance instructor named Dust Bunny, who is building a career in social virtual reality dance classes, and her partner Toaster. Viewers will also meet Dragon Heart and Is Your Boi – a couple who, according to MovieWeb, met through an exotic virtual reality dance community in which they are both performers. The film also explores their reasons for using the platform and how it has helped them during lockdown.
We met in virtual reality had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and was met with positive reviews from critics. The documentary even earned a 95% critics’ rating from Rotten Tomatoes, saying the project manages to capture the excitement and surprising intimacy of a burgeoning cultural movement and demonstrate the power of the online connection in an isolated world. Other websites praised Hunting’s direction for seeing the humanity behind the avatars and virtual connections. Meanwhile, Wired gave a more critical review, saying the director spends a lot of time convincing people that there’s a culture worth preserving in the digital world.
We met in virtual reality promises to be a documentary like no other, fitting the problems of everyday life into a virtual world. There are currently no known cast members within the film as the characters prefer to work with their online aliases. Charlotte Cook, Kathryn Everett and Bryn Mooser serve as executive producers, while Harley Hessel is on board as associate producer. Hunting will also spawn the project. Nominated for Canon Award for Best Camera, Grand Prix Bank Millennium Award and NEXT: WAVE Award – We met in virtual reality debuts July 27 on HBO and is available to stream on HBO Max.