Imagine if you could be on the set of the next Star Wars film. Imagine if you could watch as Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson trains Daisy Ridley to (maybe) become a Jedi.
Star Wars owner Disney is now working on the next best thing. Today, Disney announced a deal to use Nokia's $60,000 (roughly £43,000 or AU$78,000) virtual reality camera to take you behind the scenes of future movies.
The Nokia Ozo is what's known as a 360-degree camera, one of several recent cameras designed specifically with VR filmmaking in mind. By pointing eight different lenses in eight different directions, the Ozo can stitch together a spherical 3D video where you can turn your head to look in any direction. Put a VR headset on, and you can almost feel like you're there -- wherever "there" might be.
In this case, "there" could be the set of a Star Wars, Marvel or new Indiana Jones film. They're all properties owned by Disney.
Technically, we don't know if Disney will choose to use Nokia's Ozo for those specific franchises -- only that Disney will create "special VR content for a range of Disney films" as part of the deal.
One of the first Ozo videos shot by Disney was merely a red carpet experience for Disney's The Jungle Book.
But Nokia Technologies president Ramzi Haidamus insists his camera won't just be a "sideshow" for Disney films. He says Disney is currently testing the camera to create a variety of content, including original work -- and that we should expect to see the making of a "very high-visibility movie" shot with the Nokia Ozo.
Nokia also has an exploratory partnership with 20th Century Fox, but Haidamus says that the Disney deal is the first where a film studio has committed to create content with the Ozo camera and share it with the world.