VR film, The Party, embraces the struggles of autism
By Milly Lammens -
The Guardian has made a virtual reality experience that will give us an opportunity to feel what it's like for people living with autism. The 360° video will put users in the shoes of a 15-year-old girl named Layla. She is newly-diagnosed with autism and attending her mother's surprise birthday party. This virtual reality project is called The Party.
The executive editor, Francesca Panetta, said that the Guardian wanted to show the sensory explosion that would usually happen in a situation like Layla's. They also wanted to show the techniques she used to block out the problems she was having. The virtual reality experience was shot with The Jump, Google's stereoscopic 360-degree camera. You are able to watch it on Google Cardboard or Daydream.
The whole virtual reality experience gives the viewers a look into Layla's day. It shows the build up to the party, the surprise, and her time away from all of the action downstairs. Sumita Majumdar is the writer of the script for this project. She also has autism and was able to look back at her own experiences and include that in the script. This experience is going to help viewers understand what people with autism go through every day.
About Milly Lammens
Milly Lammens is the Community Management Intern at healthiAR.com. She is curious about the use of technology to solve complex problems.