In this new episode of In the Studio, Edwina Pitman from BBC World Service goes on a mission with the creative team behind Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, produced by Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB and The VOID.
Welcome to Mustafar, the molten lava home planet of Darth Vader and to an inter-galactic adventure taking place in…a shopping mall. Edwina Pitman goes on a mission with the creative team behind Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, a multi-sensory, immersive hyper-reality experience produced by Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB and The VOID. Speaking to Mohen Leo, Creative Director and Vicki Dobbs Beck, Executive in Charge of ILMxLAB, In the Studio explores the way that the burgeoning virtual reality industry, which has evolved at the junction of film, CGI and gaming, is pushing the boundaries of storytelling.
We also hear how creatives using VR technology, still in its infancy, foresee its development. With the help of neuroscientist Professor Sophie Scott, the programme looks at the psychological appeal of this new entertainment form and why virtual memories and experiences can feel as authentic as those created in the real world.
Running at 27 minutes long, this episode of In the Studio was first broadcast on BBC World Service on Tuesday July 17th (it may not be available in all areas). Beware, it contains spoilers!