It’s a good day for immersive entertainment everywhere. Today, Jaunt, an industry leader in immersive experience, announced the ground breaking VR work “Collisions,” a Sundance Institute New Frontier | Jaunt VR Residency Program project, has won an Emmy for the Outstanding New Approaches: Documentary category at Thursday night’s 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York City.
“Collisions” is an immersive experience that takes users to the land of indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian Pilbara desert, living untouched by Western technology. Nyarri’s first contact with Western culture came in the 1950’s via a dramatic collision between his traditional world view and the cutting edge of Western science and technology, when he witnessed first-hand and with no context, the testing of an atomic bomb.
Director Lynette Wallworth, Producer Nicole Newnham, and Jaunt VR Producer Patrick Meegan accepted the award.
“This immersive technology allowed the impact of Nyarri’s story to be felt in a way that other forms could not and the timing of the story’s release proved to be prescient,” Wallworth said after the Award presentation. “As the world watches a newly emerging nuclear standoff, Nyarri’s powerful first hand account, translated into our most contemporary of mediums, is a story that has waited over 50 years to be told. “Collisions” is a story for this moment and it needed these technologies to deliver it.”
“It was exciting to leverage the technology of Virtual Reality to realize Lynette’s vision. VR enabled the viewer to viscerally experience Nyarri’s homeland, and to witness the atomic test from his point of view. It’s incredibly emotional,” Newnham added. “The possibilities for storytelling in this medium are profound.”
This is the fifth Emmy nomination for Newnham and her first win. It is the first nomination for Wallworth.
“Working on ‘Collisions’ was an incredible experience,” said Meegan. “Lynette and Nicole were working in the VR medium for the first time, but worked tirelessly to harness its potential in order to tell Nyarri’s story in the only way it could properly be told, and Nyarri understood the technology from the moment we arrived.”
“Collisions” premiered jointly at Sundance Film Festival and at the World Economic Forum, Davos. The film was the first VR work to be commissioned by the World Economic Forum and the Forum is an Executive Producer of the work.
Find the full immersive experience here.