Opening with a gasp from the crowd of six thousand, the world premier of Eliza McNitt’s virtual reality film of the Hubble Space Telescope brought five minutes of an award-winning experience in 360-degree surround sound to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. An interview with the filmmaker reveals the challenges she faced in piecing together the equipment and logistics necessary to present the free VR experience, as well as the thrill of seeing so many people mesmerized by her finished product. She confesses, “It was a historic moment for virtual reality. No one has done this before. We took a big risk.” She doesn’t plan to stop here, though. Her future plans in virtual reality include preparing the Hubble film for presentation at the Sundance Film Festival and creating a Ted Talk on how art and science can mainstream virtual reality experiences.
NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate brings Hubble Space Telescope to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park
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