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By Barry Eitel on Jan 26, 2015

Oculus became famous as a virtual reality pioneer known for its clunky Rift headset — an innovation bright enough that Facebook paid $2 billion to acquire the startup. Now Oculus is going Hollywood. The company announced its Story Studio Monday and is premiering the studio’s first film, Lost, at Sundance the same day. While the Rift’s applications for video games is readily apparent, there were fewer clues when it came to making VR cinema. Boldly setting forth anyway, Oculus put Story Studio together a year ago (before the Facebook buyout). “We didn’t really know where to begin,” Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe told The Financial Times. “So we put together this internal group.” They started with someone who was an expert in story. The studio is led by Saschka Unseld, who spent six years at Pixar.

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