Over the past couple of years post-traumatic stress disorder among military personnel has gained more national attention than ever before. After all, just because a soldier is home, doesn’t mean their fight is over.
“With roughly 12.5 percent of returning veterans reporting symptoms of PTSD after deployment, it’s without a doubt a condition that requires continued attention.”
To help assist in bringing awareness towards current mental health concerns, especially within our military, immersive studio RYOT Films has teamed up with Eisner-nominated digital artist Sutu to produce an emotional and in-depth look into one soldier’s experience before, during, and after his deployment during the Iraq War.
Following the true story of Iraq veteran Scott England, Mind at War is an emotional, room-scale journey into Scott’s dark descent into PTSD as a result of his combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan.
According to the release, the 20-minute experience guides viewers through a collection of hand-drawn, Tilt Brush illustrations capturing the chain-of-events leading Scott to war. Throughout the experience Scott himself narrates the story, as we learn about the loss of his job two weeks before his wedding, his thoughts during the tragic moments of 911, his deployment in Iraq as well as the traumatic encounters that would eventually lead to him towards emotional instability.
“RYOT is committed to finding the innovative minds of tomorrow, today. To that end, we are proud to partner with Sutu, who has quickly and emphatically established himself as one most thoughtful content creators in the industry. Through his use of artistic, hands-on VR creation tools, Sutu goes beyond placing a viewer in someone else’s shoes to truly unlocking the depths of one man’s conflicted mind in a way that is nothing short of stunning.” (Jake Sally, Director of Immersive Development at RYOT)
Link to the presentation video.
Mind at War was produced by RYOT Films and Kaleidoscope, and directed, written and illustrated by Stuart Campbell (Sutu). The VR short recently made its world premiere at the 2018 Sheffield International Documentary Festival in Sheffield, England.
Source: VRSCOUT, Kyle Melnick, https://vrscout.com/news/vr-doc-soldiers-horror-of-iraq-war/