• Through VR every Australian can now experience their 'First Contact'. (SBS)Source: SBS
6 out of 10 Australians say they've had little or no contact with Aboriginal people. But through the extraordinary world of VR, they can now have their ‘First Contact’.
SBS Guide

1 Dec 2016 - 10:15 AM  UPDATED 1 Dec 2016 - 10:39 AM

6 out of 10 Australians say they’ve had little to no contact with Aboriginal people. Get up close and personal with 8 people who each have a heartfelt message to convey about what being an indigenous Australian means to them.

The SBS First Contact VR experience is an opportunity for every Australian to have a chance to come face to face with Aboriginal people who each deliver a heartfelt message describing what being an Indigenous Australian means to them.

Once the viewer presses play, First Contact VR will introduce you to prominent Indigenous Australians. The participants were chosen as representative of a broad mix of experience from throughout the country. 

“We think we have a great mix and diversity of Indigenous people from different parts of the country,” explained Blackfella Films Managing Director Darren Dale.

The people you will meet within the VR experience are:

Aunty Millie Ingram - retired CEO and activist

Nakkiah Lui - writer/actor

Jenny Munro - activist

Mi-kaisha Masella - singer/songwriter

Bruce Pascoe - writer

Shane Phillips - Aboriginal rights advocate

Wesley Enoch - playwright and artistic director

James Saunders - PR agency head

The First Contact VR experience also marks a technological leap forward, with the production team embracing a Stereoscopic 3D method to produce a greater feeling of depth while watching the video. Two cameras were used to capture separate images of each of the subjects from slightly different angles, but from one fixed viewpoint.

"Using the stereoscopic technique gives a sense of depth to the subjects. We want the audience to feel like they’re actually standing near the subjects. By using the stereoscopic 3D method of shooting we’re able to create a feeling of depth to piece and while it  sounds a little strange it can also create warmth and connectedness," SBS Digital Creative Labs Manager John-Paul Marin explained.

You can make First Contact yourself with SBS Virtual Reality by downloading the app, which can be used on almost any smartphone, iOS and Android with a Google Cardboard viewer.

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