Few weeks ago we wrote our project proposal. You can see a quick overview and some updates in the slides here: statelessness-preso-pdf.

statelessness and identity is a short VR documentary using photogrammetry that seeks to understand how displaced individuals navigate a world in which they possess overlapping ethnic, religious, or national identities while lacking a legal identity.

The audio will play a key role in documentary, that’s why we call it a radio documentary but in VR (or to be more precise, 360 video using photogrammetry).

The user experience

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The update: we already scheduled one of our first conversations. It’s going to be with Yamammy Davies: former refugee from Sierra Leone now living in Idaho.

Some of the questions we are going to ask:

More generic questions: How long have you been here? Where do you come from? Did you move with your family? Why did you decide to leave? When you first moved here how did you feel? To what degree did you connect with the culture here? Tell me about a time you felt connected. What makes you feel at home here? Tell me about a time you felt disconnected. What was the transition like? Tell me about a time you felt embarrassed or scared after you moved here.  Do you keep in contact with friends from home anymore? What was the most difficult part of the process? What do you wish you could do differently if you had to do it all again?

About her life as a displaced person: What story do you want to tell? What do you want people to know? Tell me about your childhood home. What do you remember? What stories did your parents tell you? Did your cousins live nearby? Why did you leave Sierra Leone? What do you know about Sierra Leone now? Tell me about the moment you first found out you were coming to the U.S. How did it feel? How did you react? Tell me about the airplane ride. What do you remember? How did it feel? Where did you live when you got here? Did it surprise you? When was the last time you saw your biological mom? What was that like? How did it feel? How did it feel to move from New York to Idaho? How old were you?

After we have entire audio recorded, the editing would follow where we could choose key moments that work for our documentary. Her answers would be supplemented by the answers of one of the immigration lawyers that we would have conversation with as well.

Also, after we have the audio, we would be able to decide what visuals would work best to complement the material we have. And of course, the script would follow then.

One of the references we consider for visuals is the one used in Shinning 360, where the real video material is created into photogrammetric one, see here:

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