VR sometimes called an ’empathy machine’ because of the visceral experience it creates for the viewer
The unsolved murder of teenager Ramona Wilson is the subject of CBC’s first virtual reality documentary Highway of Tears.
Wilson’s body was found in 1995, nearly a year after she went missing along the notorious stretch of B.C.’s Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert, where at least 18 women have been killed or have gone missing since 1969, most of them Indigenous. First Nations communities say the number is closer to 50.
The documentary uses virtual reality (VR) to allow viewers to explore a three-dimensional space by simply moving their heads. As a relatively new technology, the rules and conventions for creating VR are still being established. Here are five cool things you probably didn’t know about making a VR film.