Factual Storytelling in Virtual Reality.
See how BBC iWonder editor, Dan Tucker, turned one mans story into a piece of art that viewers can experience and feel an emotional connection to. Tucker, wondered if 'you could make a factual story work in 360 virtual reality?'. This is the story of how the BBC iWonder’s history team produced a new form of documentary. The team wanted to experiment with virtual reality historical storytelling, and they approached VR artist Oscar Raby to discuss possible ideas. Luckily, Oscar had recently met a man who'd discovered a 1978 recording of his grandfather Willie McNieve talking about his personal experiences as a 19-year-old caught up in the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.
This, first-person account of a historical event, was perfect for VR, because "the nature of the audio monologue is that he walks you through his experience — you are going through everything he went through."