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Project Summary

The TEC collaborated with PBS Digital Studios, StoryTech Immersive, and Perception Squared on My Brother's Keeper, a groundbreaking 360° VR reenactment of two brothers on the Civil War battlefield, based on the PBS series Mercy Street. The TEC provided everything from stitching services, editing, and VFX, to sound design by Scott Gershin, who leads the Sound Lab at Technicolor team. To push the boundaries of VR storytelling, the creative team explored the latest technologies and techniques for creating cinematic live-action VR and invented new immersive narrative conventions. For example, they adapted aspects of traditional cinematography and editing to direct the viewer’s attention in VR, and they used surreal cinematic spatial sound design to heighten the emotional impact. The project broke new ground on other fronts as well. It was the first official project shot on the Jaunt camera, which enabled true slow-motion sequences in VR. Combined with a new action camera rig built by filmmakers Connor Hair and Alex Meader, the production was able to achieve greater intimacy with its characters and maximize audience presence in scenes.

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