A full virtual reality television series will debut exclusively on the Samsung Gear VR headset next week.
‘Gone’ is an 11-part drama about a mother’s quest to find her missing daughter and will be available from Samsung’s Milk VR store from Tuesday.
Shot with 360-degree cameras, allowing viewers to gaze around an immersive environment, it will also feature interactive elements where viewers will be able to lock in on hotspots to unlock different parts of the story.
Those who spot the visual cues will be transported to an alternate view, Variety reports, enabling viewers to look behind objects and see what different characters are up to.
Samsung’s VP of Content Strategy Matt Apfel, described the show as a “scavenger hunt” where viewers are “challenged by things that appear in front“ of them.
The hotspots, which will run at the same speed as the main story, will disappear after a while with the idea to advance the story without too much distraction.
For example, as Variety points out in its report, viewers can zero in on a suspicious vehicle leaving the scene. The sooner they zoom in on the hotspot, the better look they’ll get at the driver.
The show is being produced by Samsung and Skybound Entertainment, in association with Wevr, with the latter assisting on the virtual reality side of the production.
The logistics of the 360 degree shoot mate it necessary for all cast and crew members not the scene to vacate the entire area before shooting commenced.
Scenes were quickly stitched together and viewed back on a VR within an hour. You can see a preview in the video below.