The BBC has developed a new virtual reality Fairy Tale titled “The Turning Forest”. Directed by Oscar Raby the story explores a mystical forest through the eyes of a child. As users explore this new imaginative world things are often not what they are first seem. To add an element of suspense, Turning Forest makes clever use of sound design which often tricks the viewer.
The Turning Forest will be made available on Google’s new Daydream virtual reality platform. The Turning Forest was first developed for the Oculus rift and was showcased at the 2016 Tribeca film Festival. The latest version of the Turning Forest has been improved for the new Daydream platform, including better sound design and new interactivity.
The director of Oscar Raby is a multimedia artist has already done a significant work of virtual reality. Raby completed a Masters degree in animation and interactive media at the Royal Melbourne Institute of technology. As part of this research he completed a virtual reality documentary called Assent. Assent, designed for Oculus Rift, is taken from real life experience from Raby’s family history. The VR experience recounts the execution of a group of prisoners in 1973 who had been captured by the military regime in Chile.
The Turning Forest is part of what BBC is termed its commitment to exploring new mediums for storytelling.