NOTES ON BLINDNESS: INTO DARKNESS

A film by A. Colinart, A. La Burthe, P. Middleton, J. Spinney

Cast : John Hull

2016 / documentary. Virtual reality / France, Royaume-Uni / 20’ / Color / status : completed / English / virtual reality catalog

In 1983, after decades of steady deterioration, writer and theologian John Hull became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began documenting his experiences on audio cassette. Over three years he recorded in excess of sixteen hours of material – a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating his interior world of blindness.
Upon publication, John’s diaries were described by author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as ‘a masterpiece… The most precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read.’
These original diary recordings form the basis of this project, a six-part interactive documentary using new forms of storytelling, gameplay mechanics and virtual reality to explore his cognitive and emotional experience of blindness.
Each scene will address a memory, a moment and a specific location from John’s audio diary, using binaural audio and real time 3D animations to create a fully immersive experience.

Press

“Notes on Blindness is one of the first great virtual reality experiences”

ALPHR.COM

“Undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary digital experiences of these past years”

IMM3RSIVE

“I was incredibly moved by Notes on Blindness - Into Darkness”

USA TODAY

“Informative and poetic, a timeless moment”

LE MONDE

“A fascinating subject matter [...] Elegant, evocating and deeply affecting”

Sreen Daily

“Stylistic panache and emotional grace”

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