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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.

Making of: Blog by Morten Andersen, Technical director

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

Distribution: Diversion Cinema






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