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War of Words Becomes First BAFTA-Nominated VR Experience

With virtual reality (VR) technology yet to break into the mainstream VR titles are obviously a long way off from widespread awards recognition. However UK-based  digital design and direction agency BDH has broken new ground this week with its War of Words VR app, which VRFocus has covered extensively in the past. The app, which was developed as part of the BBC’s coverage of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the first World War, has become the first VR experience to be nominated a prestigious award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

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War of Words VR has been nominated as part of the BAFTA Television Craft awards. The event takes place on 26th April 2015 and celebrates those that work behind the scenes in British television. The VR piece finds itself listed in the ‘Digital Creativity in 2015’ Category. It’s up against three other nominations that include The Singer Takes it All, Live from Space: Online and Reverse the Odds: Stand Up to Cancer. It is the first fully VR experience of any kind to be nominated for a BAFTA award.

War of Words VR is currently free to download on both Android and iOS. Using a smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) such as Google Cardboard, the app visualises ‘The Kiss’, a poem from celebrated World War One poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon that was written at an army-training course shortly before the disastrous Battle of the Somme. The poem takes users on a short journey as it is read aloud, depicting the act of taking a life as the words appear onscreen. The audience can see a full 360 degree view of their surroundings as the poem is read.

VRFocus will continue to follow War of Words VR, reporting back with any further updates on the project.