October 13, 2017
Updated 5mo ago
Al Jazeera Media Network's new immersive studio, Contrast VR, just completed its second documentary in virtual reality. Contrast VR editorial lead Zahra Rasool thinks the platform adds a whole new dimension to storytelling. The studio's second film "Oil in Our Creeks" details what happened to a small town in Nigeria after an oil pipeline burst in 2008. Rasool says the studio used VR technology to divide the 360-degree screen into two parts. One side shows the destruction of the scene, and the other is an animation of what the village looked like before the disaster. Rasool says this view enables the viewer to better understand the level of devastation, as well as the overall story.