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Songbird: a virtual moment of extinction

A commission and collaboration with The Guardian Virtual Reality team, Songbird is a fairytale with a dark heart. You will be transported to the island of Kauai in 1984 and into a painted replica of a lush cloud forest filled with colourful birds. Here, you are invited to search for the last known ʻōʻō, an iconic black bird with yellow leg feathers and a beautiful song, a bird whose existence has been threatened to the point of extinction.

Awards and festivals:

Thessaloniki Documentary film festival – Best VR
Festival du nouveau cinéma Montreal – Special mention
CPH:DOX, Bergen Film festival, Adelaide Film Festival, Geneva Int. Film festival

The installation is supported by VIVE and produced in collaboration with Carte Blanche and The Animation Workshop





Project Details

Duration approx. 10mins.  VR made for HTC Vive and Oculus rift
Director Lucy Greenwell
Art and Animation Directors Michelle & Uri Kranot
VR Designer Morten Andersen
Creative Technologist Federico Fasce
Producers Anetta Jones/ The Guardian, Lana Tankosa Nikolic/ Late love production
Executive producer Francesca Panetta