Visualise, a London, UK-based studio specializing in virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree content production has announced a partnership today with the international medical humanitarian organization Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF). The partnership with MSF has created four 360-degree documentaries highlighting the plight of refugees around the world.
The four films are part of an interactive exhibition called ‘Forced From Home’ which launched in New York City earlier this month. The exhibition will travel from New York to Washington D.C., Boston, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia this Autumn with further dates to be announced for 2017.
Those attending the exhibit will be able to see what life is like in refugee camps, crossing treacherous seas, and the lengthy and dangerous migratory routes, in which people uprooted by war or persecution find themselves today. There will be first-hand accounts from the field and the chance to view materials gathered from refugee camps, rescue missions, and emergency medical projects
Visitors will enter a 30-foot-diameter Igloo dome to view a projected, immersive 360-degree film, produced by Visualise and MSF-USA. The video will transport them to Greece, Tanzania, Mexico, South Sudan, Iraq, and Lebanon, all countries dealing with migration, displacement, or refugee crisis.
Attendees will also be given the opportunity to watch up to three 10 minute 360-degree documentaries focusing on the personal journeys of three separate migrants from Tanzania, Iraq and Mexico respectively, viewed on VR headsets,
The Visualise production team was scaled down to a Director/Camera Operator and 360-degree Sound Recordist with a MSF Field Producer. They used a specialised camera system to film the documentaries and ambisonic microphones to record directional sound that moves as the viewer looks around.
Will McMaster, Head of VR at Visualise said: “Our objective was to use VR to create an empathetic connection between the viewer and a refugee. We wanted visitors to the exhibit to leave fully understanding the trials and challenges of life as a migrant, displaced from their homes and the unique requirements of the lives of people on the move.”
“People fleeing for their lives are often reduced to numbers and statistics. But through Visualise’s work and their immersive 360 video content, we will put a human face on those staggering numbers, giving the public a real sense of what it looks like, feels like, and what it means, to be forced from home,” said Michael Goldfarb, MSF-USA’s director of communications.
For further information and exhibition dates for “Forced From Home” head to the official website at www.forcedfromhome.com. VRFocus will continue to follow the latest news from Visualise, reporting back with the latest announcements.