Life On The Front Line
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Life On The Front Line

360º Documentary About Malaria


LIFE ON THE FRONT LINE: 360º Documentary About Malaria
BRAND: Comic Relief
OUR ROLE: Binaural Sound Recording & Sound Design, Audio Postproduction

Sport Relief is one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, bringing the nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. 1.618 Digital worked with VR City and Comic Relief to produce audio for a 360 degree immersive video depicting the effects of malaria in Uganda. This highly informative video was created to raise awareness of the dangers of malaria and how it can be treated.

The viewer begins in a swamp in central Uganda. They are surrounded by mosquitos in larval form as the sounds of the surrounding wildlife can be heard coming from all directions. The larvae grow into adult mosquitos and as they take flight, the viewer is transported with them to a remote village. Here, we learn about the volunteer community health workers who help the most vulnerable in the fight against this disease, children under five and pregnant women. They can carry out Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDT) on site to diagnose the disease as early as possible.

Electron microscopic video footage of a feeding mosquito is displayed as the viewer can hear mosquitos flying around their head. The deadliest animal on earth, the mosquito kills more than 700,000 people every year.

The viewer travels by bike taxi to hospital where we see a child who is exhibiting typical symptoms of malaria. Fortunately when caught early and with the right treatment the prognosis is good.

Sport Relief uses money raised by the British public to help projects like this to fight malaria by training health workers and providing them with crucial rapid diagnostic tests.

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Image Credit: Comic Relief