Recently saw the films Moonlight (breathtaking beautiful), and Arrival (perhaps even moreso).
Arrival in particular - the way it mimicked conciousness, those moments in life that are just sublime - was absolutely beautiful. I came out of the theatre feeling that film was the most powerful medium for artistic expression I've ever experienced. It briefly made me reconsider focusing on novel writing, and then I remembered how much I hate actually making short films.
Frank Yang has said that film is the closest analog to human consciousness, and that's why it's so popular - the de facto artistic mode of expression of our time.
I wonder, then, is VR the future of storytelling? Is that a step up in immersion that will one day supplant two dimensional film as the most engaging medium for storytelling?
I don't know, but I'd assume so. Maybe one day we'll all jack into the matrix and experience narratives from the first person, all the way down into the depths of our sensorium.
The world, it's nothing but change.
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Bret Easton Ellis