A Radical VR Experience
Inner Selfie is a radical new VR series that combines sophisticated filmmaking techniques and immersive technologies to conjure an extraordinary, intimate encounter with the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet and Nobel Laureate for Peace. In a magical, dream-like experience, the viewer drifts from the present moment into a liminal space where His Holiness himself bestows positive guidance, venerating the value of smiling and beseeching friendship and togetherness. Inner Selfie frames his message in a fresh and compelling way, seeking new minds to inspire with this ancient wisdom.
Admirers of virtual technology’s ability to manifest astonishing, transformative experiences, Babak Zand Goodarzi, Dominic Dowbekin and Ashley Cowan began to investigate how this rapidly developing medium could be beneficially engaged in motivating qualities like empathy, compassion and altruism across large swathes of society. While searching for suitable subjects to develop into such works, fate—or perhaps karma—led to several meetings with Tenzin Gyatso, the current and 14th Dalai Lama. First at the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala, India and later at Rhodes House in Oxford, UK.
Dalai Lama Centre For Compassion
Produced by VR City and Stateless Studios, and with support from the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion at Oxford University, the filmmakers were able to capture His Holiness in 360° video. Thus generating the first and only such footage of any Dalai Lama to date. Post-production was conducted at our studios in Shoreditch with our expert team of editors, VFX artists and digital technicians to animate and enliven the surroundings. Sound design by composer Henry Bennett, fusing bells, chimes and chants from near and afar, enriches the atmosphere further.
The hope is for Inner Seflie to dissipate distractions, if only for a moment. For this virtual experience to elicit a meditative, calm and focused state in the real world, both within and without, that then extends beyond the duration of the piece itself. The hope is for its message of goodwill to inspire and to encourage real smiles, friendship and happiness in those who encounter it.
The pilot episode of Inner Selfie is currently only available on Hulu VR. Episodes 2 to 6 are currently in the works. If you want to know more then get in touch with Ash on firstname.lastname@example.org.