VR documentaries are often a journalistic point of view of facts, many of them are truly impressive and are the only way to make the audience feel empathic for sure.
There is another way to tell true stories using the immersive power of VR, and THE ATOMIC TREE (link) excels on this.
The VR experience is an adaptation of the book “The Song of Trees” by David Haskell and transports us to Japan, before the atomic attack of Hiroshima, where devoted Buddhists live and take care of this pine bonsai.
The 400 years old tree, survived the Hiroshima attacks to tell us the story that directors Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee and Adam Loften (see our interview) did with live action 3D 360 video and great CG animation while we listen to the poetic narration of Peter Coyote.
THE ATOMIC TREE is a piece of virtual and visual art that helps us understand the importance of respect for older generations when explaining that the bonsai was taken care of by the members of Buddhist temple in the beginning then passes to the Yamaki family in Hiroshima, for five generations on.
The audience will be presented with beautiful 3D shots of faith rituals, sacred Japanese gardens, a slow pace of movements and a good lesson about peace among different people. Survival became renewal.