London-based video production studio VR City and Comic Relief’s biennial charity event Sports Relief are teaming together to produce a 360-degree documentary film about the deadly malaria disease.
The virtual reality collaboration, titled Malaria: Life on the Front Line, aims to raise awareness of life-saving malaria treatments by showing the journey of a mosquito as it spreads malaria in Uganda.
Narrated by Broadchurch actor David Tennant, the immersive film takes viewers from the beginnings of the mosquito’s life as it grows and searches out human blood. Following those on the front line of the fight against malaria, audiences learn about the rapid diagnostic tests being performed by locally trained medics, and how these can be the difference between getting lifesaving early treatment and death.
Directed by VR City CCO Darren Emerson, the film uses 360 degree views of scenes ranging from small villages and local hospitals to the typical landscapes of Uganda.
“With this film, we wanted to connect audiences with the threat people in Uganda are confronting every day. By using VR it is possible to feel as close to being there as possible without actually taking them there,” said Ashley Cowan, CEO and co-founder of VR City, in a statement.
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