"Riding that subway gives you knowledge about the variation of emotionality in human beings. Urbanity teaches us every single second of every single day that other people are different and that knowledge is crucial for creating new ideas for the future."
- Sarah Schulman on Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything podcast.
Blackout is a virtual reality documentary set on the New York City subway (Tribeca Storyscapes, 2017). You (the viewer) put on a headset and are on the L train. You can walk around, lean against a pole, sit down next to the virtual passengers. When the train leaves the station, you discover you can hear their thoughts. The longer you listen the deeper you delve into their lives. Every experience is unique, and every train has different passengers.
The passengers were captured using DepthKit's volumetric filmmaking, a new technique combining cameras and depth sensors to create a live-action 3D model. Audio is long-form documentary interviews with over 50 New Yorkers from all walks of life. Supported by Cinereach and the Tribeca New Media Fund.
credit: co-producer / interviewer / editor