Last year, we worked with the World Bank to create The Price of Conflict, the Prospect of Peace. The 360° virtual reality documentary series takes you into the heart of the Asia-Pacific to experience life in conflict-afflicted areas. While the films have been publicly accessible for some time – through our YouTube channel – they’re now also available on Create NSW’s premier virtual reality app, 360 Vision.
Relaying the impact of conflict in Solomon Islands, Bougainville (Papua New Guinea) and Mindanao in the Philippines, the 360° virtual reality series utilises the emerging medium to tell personal stories in a newly immersive and interactive way. Transporting audiences to communities reeling from conflict and rebuilding their lives, the films convey intimate narratives that demonstrate the past, present, and future price of conflict.
The World Bank’s Team Leader for Pacific Communications Tom Perry worked closely with our team on the films. According to Tom, the series provides an opportunity for Australians to be transported, in a way that only VR can, to conflict-hit regions on our country’s doorstep.
These films provide Australian audiences with the opportunity to witness the impact of conflicts nearby through the eyes of those who have lived through them and can tell their stories.
In being featured on the 360 Vision app, our films join a host of Australian-made VR content that has been developed as part of a push by Create NSW to develop pathways for local content creators and audiences to explore the power of 360° storytelling.
Chris Panzetta, our Creative Director here at S1T2 and director of the documentary series, thinks that having an Australian VR platform is crucial in driving both audiences and content creators towards this emerging medium.
Exposure to critics and audiences lets us separate what's valuable from what's novel, so creators can skip past the gimmicks and begin the slow process of crafting a unique national voice in a new medium.
Michael Brealey, CEO of Create NSW, says that The Price of Conflict, the Prospect of Peace represents exactly the kind of content that 360 Vision was developed to promote.
These new shorts showcase what our investment into the world of VR is all about. By combining powerful storytelling with Australian innovation we are redefining the media landscape to deliver engaging and immersive content that appeals to a whole new audience.
By showcasing the films as part of Australia’s first-ever initiative for the development of virtual reality films, we’re hoping to bring virtual reality to an even wider audience, and to inspire other creators to explore the possibilities of 360° storytelling. You can experience The Price of Conflict, the Prospect of Peace for yourself by downloading the 360 Vision app: