The next VR experience in this ‘series’ (if you can call a single experience so far a series!) is going to be fan favourite and Japanese cultural icon, My Neighbour Totoro.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988) is a Japanese anime from beloved film maker Hayao Miyazaki, and Studio Ghibli. The film follows two young girls and their adventures around their new home, including meeting the big, fat racoon-like creature Totoro.
The scene I will be recreating is based upon the wonderful bus-stop scene. The two girls are waiting in the rain to get the bus home when Totoro comes and joins them.
You can watch a clip from the scene here:
The scene then ends when Catbus comes to pick them up.
- Totoro and Catbus have a fuzzy, furry outline. Creating this will be difficult. Is it shader driven? Geometry of some kind (probably not). Perhaps it’s simply part of a texture. A big challenge in Unity.
- Animation and interaction. Ensuring it matches the film and that the player is able to drive it forward.
- Plants and trees. The scene fades off into darkness, but there’s still a lot of flora that needs to be incorporated. Complicated and potentially demanding.
- Ending the scene/not ending it. Does the scene end as the Catbus leaves? Will that be satisfying? Will it be too short? Adding the ‘journey’ after would be amazing but perhaps prohibitively time consuming to create.
There are a few things for me to keep an eye on, but for now there’s plenty to get on with, starting with the location.