The Price of Conflict, The Prospect of Peace
Working with the World Bank to increase awareness about conflict-related issues in the Asia-Pacific, we created a world-first series of virtual reality documentaries entitled The Price of Conflict, The Prospect of Peace. The live-action, 360° videos take audiences into the heart of the Asia-Pacific region to experience firsthand the past, present, and future price of conflict.
In an effort to contribute to effective policy advocacy and raise awareness for conflict-related issues in the area, the 360° video series presents an engaging virtual reality experience that asks the question: What does it take to move closer to peace?
Shot across the East Asia Pacific, from the Solomon Islands, to nearby Bougainville (Papua New Guinea), and finally Mindanao in the Philippines, the 360° videos were designed to emotionally engage communities, governments, and organisations in the hope of establishing a vision towards building prospects for lasting peace.
In each experience, the goal was to put viewers in the shoes of those featured, so that they could experience the world and lives of people in developing nations, relating to them on an intimate, human level.
To capture the intimate experiences of real people living in conflict areas across the Asia-Pacific, we adopted an intensive live-action filming process. Spending weeks in each region, we used a rugged 7-camera GoPro rig and audio recording system, along with backup devices, to document the culture, community, and personal stories of conflict.
Built for the Samsung Gear VR and S7, the experience allowed audiences to explore the virtual reality world and discover the region’s most vulnerable inhabitants. Transported to real locations and introduced to real people – from parents, school teachers, and even local militia – audiences were given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world and lives of the locals.