UI students and staff create virtual reality theater production

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) Students and staff at University of Iowa worked for more than a year for a virtual reality theater production.

One person wears a virtual reality headset, and goes on an elevator ride to various worlds.

And real-life actors play in this virtual world. They perform in front of a green screen, and direct the person where to go next.

The project combines students and faculty from both computer science and theater. One professor hopes to build on this sort of first phase, and make more experiences like this.

"I think there are lots of people wondering what you can do with virtual reality. And how can you create artistically and movie experiences, I mean this is much like when movies came in and people were wondering how do you do this and how do you create these experiences," Professor Joe Kearney said.

This virtual reality experience usually lasts between 10 and 12 minutes.