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Published on Oct 28, 2012
Hunger in LA is an immersive journalism project by journalist Nonny de la Peña. The project consists of the recreation of a real life event using real audio and environments modeled on real locations. The event featured is a scene at a Los Angeles food bank where delays in the distribution of food resulted in a series of unfortunate events. The project was exhibited as part of the New Frontier exhibition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival which showcases innovative forms of media that go beyond traditional cinema.
The project utilized prototype head mounted display technology developed at the MxR Lab at the USC ICT by Mark Bolas, Palmer Luckey, Thai Phan and Evan Suma. The HMD later evolved into what became the Oculus Rift HMD created by Palmer Luckey. John Brennan provided art direction as well as motion capture acting for every character in the scene and editing of all motion capture data.