May 26, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment category, today launched ‘Vanuatu Dreams’, a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) film that allows viewers to experience Olympic Games beach volleyball using Samsung Galaxy smartphones and Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus.
Filmmaker Morgan Neville served as creative consultant for Vanuatu Dreams, which focuses on the training and preparation of beach volleyball pair Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu from Vanuatu. The three-minute piece of content takes viewers on an immersive experience through the volleyball duo’s quest to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. As part of the filming strategy, a camera was positioned 10-12 inches from the athletes without interfering with their movement. Filming took place live on location in Miller and Linline’s home country, and involved extensive use of close-up 360-degree slow motion video capture.
The content, developed for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, is now available online and in VR via the Samsung Milk VR app, the company’s virtual reality content service. Samsung Galaxy users can also stream or download Vanuatu Dreams for free (US only).
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