'People want to play with this thing:' ABC News embraces virtual reality

'People want to play with this thing:' ABC News embraces virtual reality

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ABC News says its experimentation with virtual reality is no gimmick. But it’s still treating the technology with an abundance of caution.This week, the news organization launched its first virtual reality documentary. Tied to a larger report that aired on “Nightline” and “World News Tonight,” the film follows reporter Alexander Marquardt as he explores the city of Damascus and documents efforts to preserve and hide the Syrian capital’s ancient treasures from the hands of ISIS.It’s the first VR film from ABC News, as well as the first project of its type for a network television news outlet. But before ABC News made the decision to dabble in the new technology, Dan Silver, executive producer of digital for ABC News and one of the people in charge of the project, had to be convinced of VR’s capabilities in documentary filmmaking.Advertisement

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