Step into the body of Emma Roberts and hitch a high-speed skateboard ride on the back of a police car.
Are you up for a good dare? Lionsgate’s latest suspense thriller, NERVE, is hitting theaters this week and they’re challenging you to experience the movie’s top “dares” in virtual reality.
For the NERVE premiere afterparty, Lionsgate teamed up with first-person VR studio SilVR Thread to let you feel what it’s like to embody and step in the shoes of a character from the film as you tackle some harrowing dares. For the premiere, fans were challenged in VR to survive a high-speed skateboard ride hitched to a police car while actually standing on a skate board.
The VR content was captured live on set with stunt actors during the film’s main production and was shot with SilVR Thread’s proprietary cameras and produced on their platform. First-person 360° perspectives like this can be uniquely immersive, letting you look down and see your body, arms and feet as if you’re actually there.
Leading up to the release of the film, Lionsgate also released a “NERVE – Do You Dare” app that is available to download on both Android and iOS, letting you transport yourself right into the movie with an additional dare that has you cross a ladder between two buildings dozens of floor above New York city streets. The experience was created via a mix of live-action VR capture and computer generated effects.
“Every kid grows up wishing they could be the actor or stunt person in a movie like NERVE,” says Tai Crosby, Founder, SilVR Thread. “With the first-person point-of- view NERVE VR app, we are powerfully transporting people directly into the movie scene as their favorite actor. The adrenaline is immense.”
NERVE, follows industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico (Emma Roberts), who has had it with living life on the sidelines and is pressured by friends to join the popular online game NERVE to take on a dare she thinks will just be harmless fun. She soon finds herself caught up in dangerous competition with a character played by Dave Franco, leading her into a high stakes finale.
In the film and in VR you are either a “PLAYER” working to complete the dares, or a “WATCHER” to see what other Players from around the world have already dared to do. You can watch some of the reactions of fans trying out the VR experience on the HTC Vive for the first time below.