Golden Globe winner Cranston accompanies an immersive journey through Yosemite National Park. What does the VR documentary show?
Actor Bryan Cranston has been hired as a spokesperson for the immersive VR documentary “Experience Yosemite”. Cranston is best known for his role as Walter White in the hit drama series Breaking Bad.
Walter White Explores Yosemite in VR
Between 2008 and 2014, Cranston won six Emmys and a Golden Globe for Breaking Bad. in 2016, the Academy nominated him for the Academy Award for Best Leading Actor in Trumbo. Over the years, the actor has also been active as a dubbing actor again and again. With Experience Yosemite, Cranston is entering virtual reality for the first time as a speaker.
The actor is enthusiastic about the implementation of the VR experience: “When I saw Yosemite for the first time, I was blown away. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of nature and found that everyone in the world should experience it. This experience is the next best thing. It captures Yosemite majestically, from discovery to preservation of its natural wonder.“
Experience Yosemite brings National Park into VR glasses
The VR documentary illuminates Yosemite National Park from its discovery to the present day. It will also feature photographs by photographer Ansel Adams from the late 19th century.
In order to make the uniqueness of its current flora and fauna tangible for the first time in VR glasses, the filmmakers had to take a lot on themselves. The photogrammetry shots required extensive hiking and climbing tours, as the use of drones is not allowed in Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite-VR documentary starts in summer
Experience Yosemite premieres this summer at Yosemite Cinema in Oakhurst, California. So far, the production company CityLights has brought projects such as MVP Football – The Patrick Mahomes Experience or Spheres to the meta Store. It is not yet known whether the new VR experience will also be available on Meta Quest (2) and other VR glasses.
If you want to experience Yosemite National Park in VR today, you can take a look at the VR experience of Felix & Paul Studios. The VR film was created in 2016 from a cooperation between Oculus, National Geographic and former US President Barack Obama.
VR documentary will be shown on special armchairs
Part of the Yosemite cinema is the Positron VR Theater, which is equipped with Voyager VR armchairs. The special seats are designed to eliminate VR nausea. They tilt or rotate synchronously with the VR experience shown, provide haptic feedback and spray odors to increase immersion.
Motion sickness often arises from the perception of visual movement with the simultaneous absence of physical movement. The Voyager armchairs are designed to compensate for this discrepancy. According to the manufacturer, the malaise is reduced from twenty percent to 0.2 percent of users.