For the past few years the annual Sheffield Doc/Fest event in
the UK has been showcasing what VR can do for documentaries
with its Alternate Realities exhibition. 2017 will be no
different, and one of the first projects to premiere at the
event has now been announced.
Future Aleppo is the winner of the £10,000 Alternate Realities
Commission. The piece is from Alex Pearson and London-based
production studio, Marshmallow Laser Feast. It’s set to shine a
light on the Syrian city of Aleppo, now torn to pieces in the
ongoing conflict in the country. Syrian-born Mohammed Kteish
sought to preserve the many landmarks that once defined the
city by creating paper-craft models of them.
Perason and Marshmallow Laser Feast will create a VR experience
using photogrammetry and 3D modelling that will take viewers on
a tour of Kteish’s creations, guided by the 15 year old
himself. You’ll walk the streets of the city and meet its
inhabitants, exploring it as it once was.
In a prepared statement, Alternate Realities Curator Dan Tucker
said: “Future Aleppo is a poignant and powerful project. I am
excited to see how Alex and Marshmallow Laser Feast interpret
Mohammed’s story told through his beautiful paper-craft models,
created to defy the destruction of his home city.”
Sheffield Doc/Fest returns from 9th – 14th June 2017. You’ll
probably be busy…