- 10:36 AM, Friday,
March 10th, 2023:
- It's occurring to
me that I will probably have MORE VR entries than
regular entries this year. That's crazy to me. It also
brings up the issue I mentioned at the beginning
of this year: what becomes of The Journey Volume 3?
Hell, even the year-end videos... I'm almost erasing
the flat TV journey. Now, granted, you can watch these
on a flat TV - and I've actually saved 2D versions of
every video, cropped in, etc... but man - it feels
different. I'm still a cinephile at heart. I still
adore 24fps and cinematic framing and storytelling.
VR180 is so, so different. In a way it feels "cheap".
In the same way you can be in a room where someone is
taking pictures and when you see them you go "oh wow,
didn't see it like that!" that's the skill and art of
photography. Nearly ALL of that vanishes in
- ...however what
you get in return? jaw-dropping presence and a feeling
you cannot get in a flat world. Take the last entry
for example. When it cuts to the shot inside the
Delorean on the highway? I instinctively hold my
breath. I don't care how you shoot that and project it
in 2D and EVER get that type of feeling. So it's the
definitiion of a catch-22 and I will be trying to test
the limits of VR180 to see if I can indeed make
something feel both present and cinematic. You can.
It's just a lot harder.
- Anyway - today's
video! Laser Tag! Let's throw this out here and then
I'll make all my nerdy comments...
- Ohhhh the laser
tag is such a missed opportunity. If each player had a
tiny light on their face it would've been
COOL AS FUCK. I like the darkness for the
atmosphere. The all-black and then the neon colors is
AWESOME... but you can't see anyone's faces without
destroying that contrast. I guess I could've
sat there and color graded for each face, but holy
shit man - this is The Journey, not a wide release.
I'm knockin' out 8 of these a month. Fuck that. But
yeah, one little light would've nailed it. But again,
as a test? Now I really understand what is possible
with this camera. That's really all these things are
for the first 20. Thought it would be 10 tests, ends
up it's a lot more.
- Oh what a hop in
my step. Really, really dig this new