The Science of TED 2015


By Fred Guterl

Filmmaking doesn’t usually make my science radar, but the work of Chris Milk, a documentary filmmaker, is an exception. Milk has built a camera designed to take 360-degree video intended to be view through a virtual reality headset. He took his camera, which looks like a ball with lenses sticking out in all directions, to a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, and filmed a day in the life of a 12 year old girl as she attended classes, played in the schoolyard and had dinner with her family. These scenes, viewed through a VR headset, established an intimacy and emotional connection with the subject that took me completely by surprise.  I can’t help but think that the medium of virtual reality is going to open up new a powerful new way of connecting with audiences.

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