Recorded Talks: A Thin Black Line
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Mon 05 Mar 2018

Recorded Talks: A Thin Black Line

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A Thin Black Line is an immersive VR experience that follows one family in the aftermath of the bombing of Darwin in 1942, when half the population fled believing a Japanese invasion was imminent. Among them was Indigenous filmmaker Douglas Watkin’s mother, just five-years-old at the time.

In this talk we explored the creative, technical, cultural and collaborative practice of creating VR from personal histories.

Director Douglas Watkin, VRTOV's VR director Oscar Raby, artist Vernon Ah Kee and lead 3D artist Kalonica Quigley shared behind-the-scenes footage and early drawings from their unique journey bringing oral storytelling to digital life through graphic and game design.

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