Cinematic virtual reality (VR) production studios Jaunt and RYOT, who have created immersive experiences like Inside North Korea VR with ABC News and Seeking Home: Life Inside the Calais Migrant Camp with The Associated Press respectively, have now announced a joint venture. The two companies have revealed a joint five-part VR documentary series, Holy Land, filmed and directed by award-winning filmmaker and RYOT co-founder David Darg.
Holy Land is a series that aims to transport viewers to the Middle East, allowing them to observe the confluence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Jerusalem: Earth’s Holy Intersection, and The Walls of Jerusalem, are the first two episodes available and can be downloaded free on the Jaunt VR app for Android, iOS, and Samsung’s GearVR head-mounted display (HMD). The other episodes will be released over the next few weeks.
“Virtual reality represents a new frontier in documentary filmmaking – one where viewers can join you on the journey and feel the experience like never before,” said Bryn Mooser, co-founder of RYOT in a statement. “This series will transport viewers to the Holy Land to experience some of the most impressive feats of human creation while also enveloping them in a region that has been stricken by decades of cultural conflict and tension. Through this immersive medium, we can enjoy the amazing creations of mankind and inspire greater cultural understanding.”
“Virtual reality gives viewers access to corners of the world they never imagined they would experience,” adds Cliff Plumer, President of Jaunt Studios. “No other medium can allow you to feel as though you are touring the Dome of the Rock in the Old City of Jerusalem from across the world. We’re excited to continue to work with RYOT to produce immersive, documentary content and capture some of civilization’s greatest wonders.”
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