Virtual reality (VR) and 360° video are hot topics these days, particularly in the digital media space. This week on All Things Video, hosts James Creech (Paladin’s Co-Founder and CEO) and Luke Wang delve into the future of interactive video with Mandt VR Founder and CEO Neil Mandt. Neil began acting in television commercials as a youngster and later pivoted into journalism, winning a college Emmy Award by age 19 and later producing ABC News coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial. Now a successful film producer who made his first movie in three months, Neil focuses on the future of VR.
Highlights of the episode include:
- Neil’s prediction that VR goggles will soon be as antiquated as huge old cell phone models, with normal-looking VR glasses and even contact lenses to be the norm.
- The serious need for VR-suitable content on the part of Neil and other VR producers, who see themselves as storytellers engaged in a new format revolution or “movement.”
- Neil’s belief that VR will take hold when it taps into human social needs by “connecting people,” for example bringing together loved ones who live far apart.
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