The immersive story of Notes on Blindness: Into the Darkness (2016) VR experience (Quest, Rift) was awarded with a Legacy Peabody Award for Digital & Interactive Storytelling along with 15 other projects on Thursday, March 24th. This experience has come up again and again, and in a Voices of VR podcast episode that feels long overdue, I had a chance to speak with Producer, Creative Directory, & co-founder of Atlas V Arnaud Colinart about the evolution of this piece from the original New York Times Op-Doc/Short Film version that played at Sundance 2014, and then to the feature-length film and VR version that both premiered at Sundance 2016 (and later released on Quest on 2019). It’s a brilliant use of immersive storytelling and spatialized audio, and I get a lot more details on the evolution of this historic piece from Colinart as it is rewarded with a Legacy Peabody Award for the new category of Digital & Interactive Storytelling.
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