The New York Times and Create Take Flight VR Experience

Virtual reality (VR) production studio, which has collaborated with The New York Times (NYT) on Walking NY and The Displaced, has teamed up with the newspaper for a third experience called Take Flight. Take Flight celebrates this year’s best actors featured in the NYT annual Great Performers issue, inspired by some of the most memorable airborne moments in cinema history.

The VR experience takes the viewer up into a night-sky tableau, directed by creator Daniel Askill. Co-produced by it was shot on a soundstage using the company’s camera technology, the performers were then captured individually and placed within the 360-degree space.

Take Flight screenshot

Askill said in a statement: “I’m definitely a convert to the incredible potential of Virtual Reality after working on this project for the New York Times. The visceral response that people of all different backgrounds have when given the chance to try this new technology is undeniable. One of my favourite responses to ‘Take Flight’ was from the superintendent of the apartment I stay in downtown NYC. He’s a tough, no nonsense dude, but when he removed the headset, he almost had tears in his eyes and was completely blown away. There is something so magical about the idea of being to be able to lift up off the ground, free of gravity. It is at once playful and childlike but also profound and transcendent.”

Patrick Milling-Smith, Co-founder/President of added, “‘Take flight’, with immensely original and meditative beauty, shows a new level of cinematic craft, photography and artistic expression that we hope will continue to engage and thrill this new audience while showcasing and celebrating these amazing performers with a sense of intimacy and imagination not seen before.”

Take Flight can be viewed on or through the app on iOS and Android with compatibility for head-mounted displays (HMDs) like Google Cardboard. The experience can also be viewed on Samsung’s Gear VR headset, by downloading the app from the Oculus store.

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