The Oscars are coming, the Oscars are coming! Please to leave street and get inside to watch TV! Sunday night the Academy Awards will be hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway, and I'm excited to either laugh with them, or at them. The red carpet will show us the highs and lows of fashions and some guffaws if we're lucky. But if the pre-show, show, and post-show aren't enough for you, Hollywood buff, there's more.
You can be the director (not eligible for Oscar though, sorry) of your own Academy experience on Sunday. See a dress you like? Zoom in. Want to watch Natalie Portman and Javier Bardem laugh together at the after party? Point your lens in their direction. You can take control of six 360-degree cameras that are set up in various Oscar hot-spots, all from the comfort of your laptop.
The half-dozen 360-degree cameras (which mean your view isn't limited -- look up, down, sideways, longways, in a circle, etc) will be accompanied by 30 other regular cameras, and all 36 will stream live video that you can control with your mouse pad. To do so, you must register and pay $5.
The idea for these cameras, which enhance our viewer experience and bring us into the action, is the brain child of who other than the guy that created Toy Story 3, John Lasseter. He's the chief creative officer for Disney and Pixar animation studios. I feel like with his name behind it, I might fork over $5 to see what it's all about.
The cameras will take us into the Governor's Ball, an exclusive after party which we've never seen, or in my case, heard of before. And there'll be a camera streaming during commercial breaks -- I've always wanted to see what celebs do during that two minute respite. Text? Eat a granola bar? Count their money? We'll finally have our questions answered.
These cameras will be flies on the walls -- flies which we can control and direct -- at the biggest event in Hollywood. If the process goes well and turns out to be a source of revenue, maybe these flies will be at the Super Bowl next year, or fingers crossed, at Kate and Will's wedding. Zoom in on the Queen, I say!
Will you sign up to direct your own Oscar experience with your mouse?
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