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Emotionally Charged Animation in Virtual Reality

Eric Darnell, the chief creative officer and cofounder of Baobab Studios, talks about how the company is making animated films for virtual reality that are immersive and emotive.

March 8, 2017

Eric Darnell has spent 25 years working in computer animation, with credits ranging from working as a writer and director on the Madagascar movies to serving as a story artist and lyricist for Shrek, and is now focused on creating animated short films for the emerging medium of virtual reality. He spoke with MIT Technology Review senior mobile editor Rachel Metz about what it’s like to tell stories in virtual worlds and why he wants viewers to get in on the action.