Time Magazine profiles Condition ONE, an iPad app to provide a new form of storytelling. Danfung Dennis has been documenting war for years, first with still photographs, then in motion, culminating with the award-winning documentary Hell and Back Again.
Dennis says it combines:
"the power of the still image, the narrative of films and the emotional engagement of tactile experiences to create a new language that's so immersive, it'll shake viewers out of their numbness to traditional media and provide them a powerful emotional experience. Instead of opening a window to glimpse another world, we are attempting to bring the viewer into that world as an active participant."
Condition ONE, under development for the Apple iPad and other tablets, uses a custom camera system developed by Dennis that "fuses the ethics, method and aesthetics of photojournalism with the tradition of cinematic filmmaking with virtual reality," he says. "The entire human field of view is captured on these camera systems, and the stories are edited specifically for the tablet application to create a truly immersive experience."
He continues, "Once viewers enter a video experience, they can move the tablet in any direction and see the corresponding field of view. The traditional two-dimensional, rectangular frame is shattered as viewers step inside the frame and experience the stories as the protagonists."
Here's the video demonstration of the app:
[Source: Time LightBox]