VR Storytelling: 7 Experiences That Changed Lives Forever

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Virtual reality storytelling (or VR storytelling for short) been the stuff of science fiction for a long time. Now, it’s the new kid on the block in the tech scene – and its ginormous success has proved it’s truly here to stay

Already, people are creating inspiring and life-changing experiences, all with the use of VR. If you’re looking for some heart-warming inspiration, read on, we have some incredible VR storytelling examples for you below… 

1. Clouds Over Sidra – Gabo Arora and Chris Milk

This truly powerful virtual reality film tells the story of Sidra, a 12-year old Syrian girl who has spent the last 18 months in Zaatari Refugee Camp.  

Zaatari is home to 130,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war, with children making up half the camp’s population. The documentary is a collaboration between the UN Millennium Campaign (UNMC), UNICEF Jordan, Samsung and Vrse.works. It was created by Gabo Arora and Chris Milk.

Clouds over Sidra has done some real good in the world – one example is that it’s helped UNICEF raise $3.8 billion for the refugee crisis. That’s double what they projected!

Make sure you watch Chris Milk’s TED talk, where he speaks about the potential of VR videos to build empathy.

2. World War Two veteran uses VR for the first time – Twine

Not to be biased, but out of all the VR content we’ll talk about – this one might just be our favourite…

For Remembrance Day, we helped 91-year-old Chelsea Pensioner, Frank Mouqué, have his very first VR experience. Becoming the first World War Two veteran to use VR tech, we granted him an experience that allowed him to return to a town that he helped liberate during the war. 

Partnering with the Royal Hospital Chelsea, home of the iconic Chelsea Pensioners, we asked our community of videographers, editors, musicians, producers, and other creatives from around the world to collaborate on this project.

With the help of Mutiny Media, Paul Saunderson, and other creative talents, we transported Frank to the town of Armentières, France, which he fondly remembered. The VR experience took place 72 years after Frank helped liberate Armentières from Nazi occupation in the weeks following D-Day.

The virtual reality experience we created for Frank featured the following:

  • a tour of present-day Armentières
  • a subtitled interview with the town’s Mayor – during which the French dignitary virtually presents Frank with the town’s official medal
  • conversations between two elderly residents on their memories of occupation and liberation
  • and a group of schoolchildren expressing gratitude by singing a traditional local nursery rhyme

3. 6×9: a virtual experience of solitary confinement – The Guardian

6×9 is a powerful exploration of one of the biggest injustices in the US Justice System – the use of solitary confinement. The Guardian used their VR platform to create one of the most mind-blowing VR experiences society has to witness.

The Guardian explained: “What’s it like to spend 23 hours a day in a cell measuring 6×9 feet for days, weeks, months or even years? 6×9 is the Guardian’s first virtual reality experience, which places you inside a US solitary confinement prison cell and tells the story of the psychological damage that can ensue from isolation.”

 4. On the Brink of Famine –  FRONTLINE and The Brown Institute for Media Innovation.

“On the Brink of Famine” takes you inside South Sudan in 360° to meet people battling a man-made hunger crisis. It lets you experience the front lines of a crisis we can normally only hear about. Evan Wexler, technical director and cinematographer told ARS Technica: “Because so few people actually get to go to these remote areas, it’s a good candidate for VR. Virtual reality is a medium that can take you places that you might not get to go to otherwise.”

5. Here comes the bride: the world’s first VR wedding

Ok, so this virtual reality experience certainly was life-changing!

On May 25th, 2017, bride and groom Elisa Evans and Martin Shervington put on their HMDs so that their guests around the globe could join them on their big day.

Social platform AltspaceVR helped the happy couple with the technical side… And on top of that, Community Manager and Social VR Content Creator Lisa Kotecki officiated the wedding from 3000 miles away! Tell us this doesn’t prove VR storytelling is the future!?

6. The Source | charity: water VR

Charity: Water builds water projects around the world, giving thousands access to clean water. This VR movie tells the story of 13-year-old girl Selam and her family as they get clean water for the very first time.

The New York non-profit showcased this moving film at their annual fundraising gala. It helped the charity raise a staggering $2.4 million that night alone.

7. “Beginning” – Pencils of Promise

Pencils of Promise is an international children’s education charity. They build schools in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos, to help children there learn to read and write. Immersive media company RYOT travelled to Toklokpo, Ghana with PoP to step inside a classroom before and after a PoP school build, getting a firsthand look at how quality education can change a child’s life. The inspiring VR film helped PoP raise $1.9 million at their gala.

We hoped you enjoyed these 7 breath-taking examples of VR storytelling and found them just as inspiring as we did! VR isn’t simply a technological fad – it’s here to stay. The way to stay amongst the competition is to adapt, and fast – when will you introduce VR storytelling into your business?

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Becca is the Marketing Executive at Twine. She loves literature, music, film and make-up. She spends a lot of time complaining about the mismatched angles of her winged eyeliner and stalking drag queens on Instagram. Otherwise, she’s helping Joe by writing blog posts and keeping Twine’s social media running.