Life after conflict in Asia-Pacific showcased on Australia’s premier VR App

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SYDNEY, May 17, 2017 - The Price of Conflict, The Prospect of Peace, a series of 360-degree Virtual Reality (VR) films produced by the World Bank and Sydney-based creative technology agency S1T2, is now available on Create NSW’s virtual reality app, 360 Vision. Relaying the impact of conflict in Solomon Islands, Bougainville and Mindanao in the Philippines through personal stories, the 360-degree VR series represents innovation in storytelling. The films transport audiences to communities reeling from conflict and rebuilding their lives, and their narratives convey the past, present, and future price of conflict. The World Bank’s Team Leader for Pacific Communications, Tom Perry said the films provide an opportunity for Australians to be transported, in a way that only VR can, to conflict-hit regions on their country’s doorstep. “Bougainville, Solomon Islands and the Mindanao region of the Philippines have been through significant upheaval in recent decades,” said Perry. “These films provide Australian audiences with the opportunity to witness the impact of conflicts nearby through the eyes of those who have lived through them and can tell their stories.” These new films join a host of Australian-made VR content on the app, which is part of a push by Create NSW to create pathways for local content creators and audiences to explore the power of 360-degree storytelling. Chris Panzetta, Creative Director of S1T2, said that having an Australian VR platform is crucial in driving both audiences and content creators towards this emerging medium.“Exposure to critics and audiences lets us separate what’s valuable from what’s novel, so creators can skip past the gimmicks and begin the slow process of crafting a unique national voice in a new medium,” said Panzetta. "These new shorts from S1T2 and the World Bank showcase what our investment into the world of VR is all about. By combining powerful storytelling with Australian innovation via our 360 Vision app, we are redefining the media landscape to deliver engaging and immersive content that appeals to a whole new audience,” said Michael Brealey, CEO of Create NSW. By showcasing the films as part of Australia’s first-ever initiative for virtual reality films related to development, the World Bank and S1T2 hope to bring virtual reality to a wider audience and inspire other creators to explore the possibilities of 360-degree storytelling.  Download the 360 Vision app:Apple iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/360-vision/id1114425426?mt=8Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.triggar.vision360&hl=enOculus for GearVR: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/gear-vr/1032864306796649/

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