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Virtual reality is no longer the future. It is here now, and we saw first-hand, while working with Palmer Luckey and his team at Oculus on The Martian VR, how VR has opened up a new world of storytelling. The technology Palmer has shepherded has made it possible to experience storytelling in ways we previously could only imagine. It allowed us to invite everyone to go to Mars and to truly experience what astronaut Mark Watney did. It was especially gratifying after we had gone to such great lengths to ensure the accuracy of the film, including by partnering with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I have always loved creating and interpreting new worlds, and having the opportunity to do so in a full 360-degree scope was thrilling. Because of Palmer’s entrepreneurial and innovative nature, the needle for VR has moved from impractical to endlessly possible.

Scott’s films include Gladiator, Black Hawk Down and Blade Runner

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