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Doug Liman: VR Is the Amusement Park Equivalent of Storytelling

Doug Liman’s new scripted VR series Invisible tells the story of a powerful and wealthy family with the power of invisibility, and one member who sets out to uncover the family’s secrets. The director of The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Swingers talks to Filmmaker Magazine about taking the project on because of the thrill of trial by fire.

“It seemed like such an exciting new way to tell stories,” he says. “I love the idea that it’s this sort of perfect partnership between the filmmaker and the viewer. The filmmaker is curating the experience and creating the experience, but the viewer has some control. It’s almost like the amusement park equivalent of storytelling, and that to me is so exciting because I try to create movies and TV shows that really involve the audience, that draw them in…I’ve always wanted to get the audience involved in the experience, so I was drawn to VR on that level. And, to be honest, I’m also drawn to a challenge, which is why I keep changing genres. And when I looked at all the ways you can fail in VR, that was kind of a turn-on to me.”

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