A New Ebola Documentary Shows Off The Potential Of 360-Degree Filmmaking

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Oct 042015
 

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A new VR film tells the story of a young Liberian woman’s struggle during and after the ebola epidemic. But Waves of Grace also shines a light on the significant role virtual reality can play in the future of news and current affairs.

“VR will be a welcome option to the editorialised opinion news cycles that are so prevalent at the moment, and tremendously empowering to the viewer,” says Patrick Milling-Smith, co-founder of Vrse.works, the VR production company behind the project.

“When you spend a few minutes in this spherical 3D environment, with binaural multi-directional, sound your brain is tricked into feeling like you are actually there,” says Milling-Smith. “With that comes a great power to evoke deep feelings of empathy when the experience has some truth to it. The smallest moments of humanity have an added significance and weight.”

The film is a collaboration between Vrse.works, the UN Millennium Campaign and Vice Media, and Milling-Smith says it’s an example of how virtual reality can enable the viewers to see, hear and ‘feel’ a news story unfolding in real-time. VR can give an audience the chance an unprecedented opportunity to bear witness. “When it comes to VR filmmaking’s ability to take people to places they would never be able to go or even think about, the opportunities seem endless,” says Milling-Smith.

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CBC Tess The Great Human Odyssey – Using Drones to Capture a Unique Perspective by Matt Allard

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Feb 202015
 

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“In the CBC series “The Great Human Odyssey”, the camera stays in constant motion, soaring above and moving through the worlds of traditional cultures and our ancient ancestors. The images are absolutely breathtaking and were filmed in some very remote locations. The three-part documentary series and interactive web documentary explores the unlikely survival and the miraculous emergence of Homo sapiens as the world’s only global species. Ancient climate research has revealed that we evolved during the most volatile era since the extinction of the dinosaurs. Just like the many other kinds of human who once shared our world, we should have died away. Instead, our species survived to populate every corner of the planet, against all the odds.”

“For aerials footage, the crew used the remote-controlled drone platform of Canadian company Skymotion. Capable of carrying a stabilized Red Epic shooting 5K footage, this flying camera system runs on portable batteries and packs into three suitcases for transport. The crew filmed ice floes on the Bering Strait, tuna-fishing boats in Papau New Guinea, sand dunes in Namibia, and in the back of a moving pick-up truck in the Kalahari Desert. Alongside Skymotion’s drone, ZatzWorks’ helicopter-mounted Cineflex system, carrying the Arri Alexa camera, provided aerial footage in high alpine, glacier, tundra and Pacific Ocean locations.”

–Matt Allard

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