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Channel 4 commissions first virtual reality film

Grenfell: Our Home will combine documentary interviews shot in stereoscopic 360 with computer-generated animation

Channel 4 has commissioned Parable to make a virtual reality film looking at the stories of the survivors from last year’s Grenfell Fire.

The 15-minute film, Grenfell: Our Home, will use interviews shot in stereoscopic 360 as well as computer-generated animation.

It will have its premiere at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest and will be released on social media as well as being made available for free in various VR stores. 

Channel 4 said there are also plans to enable people in the Grenfell community and the general public to view the film in VR headsets this summer.

David Wise, Parable’s CEO and the executive producer of Grenfell: Our Story, said, “Virtual Reality is often described as ‘the empathy tool’ for its ability to immerse and engage viewers so intensely in other people’s stories and other worlds. The combination of 360 video and beautiful animation will enable the telling of this important story in a way that no other medium can match”.

Siobhan Sinnerton, Channel 4 commissioning editor added, “Innovation lies at the core of Channel 4’s remit so we are delighted to be exploring new and interesting ways to deliver the very best storytelling, and journalism. We hope this piece will give our audience a truly unique perspective on what the Grenfell community was like before the fire.”