The Changing Same: Episode 1 nominated for an Emmy

The Changing Same: An American Pilgrimage is nominated for a The News & Documentary Emmy Awards for Outstanding Interactive Media: Innovation. This is Scatter‘s second Emmy nomination and it’s for our most ambitious volumetric film to date. I’m floored, humbled and thrilled. The Changing Same is a magical-realist immersive virtual reality experience where you travel across time and space to explore the last 400 years of America’s history of resistance to racial injustice. On the 400 year anniversary of slavery in US.The Changing Same examines how the U.S.’s legacy of racial inequity – from slavery to Jim Crow, racial apartheid, and the criminal legal system – and the persistent fight against racial oppression continue to influence and shape our contemporary lives. Based on real events, our experience connects the dots between the past and present to highlight the circularity of our lived experiences.And touching on the innovation category, there are so many things that have never-been-done-before on this project. It’s the first project to use Scatter’s Depthkit Studio (forging new features in production), the time travel mechanic is a VR technical first, a hybrid avatar, the use of magical realism as an ethical approach to telling hard history, world building with reality capture memorializing the real historic sites where these stories took place – just to name a few. Congratulations to the entire wonderful team, such an honor to work with you all and I’m so proud of you. All the love to my co-directors Michèle Stephenson & Joe Brewster.

“Zero Days VR” Wins Emmy for Outstanding New Approaches: Documentary

I couldn’t be more thrilled, humbled, and full of pure joy right now. We won an Emmy for Zero Days VR for Outstanding New Approaches: Documentary at last night’s 39th News & Documentary Emmy Awards. 

I wanted to thank and introduce the Emmy Winners and best collaborators and partners in the world: Executive Producer Alex Gibney, thank you for trusting to tell this story in a new way. Executive Producer Sarah Dowland for your continuous support. Yelena Rachitsky and Colum Slevin and Oculus for your vision and belief in us from the start. Participant Media for your partnership. My deeply talented partners James George and Alexander Porter. My collaborator Elie Zananiri – thank you for your brilliance. Producer Mei-ling Natasha Wong for tireless, passionate work and still making it all fun! Love and gratitude for the rest of the Scatter family: Kyle Kukshtel, Jillian Morrow, Timothy Scaffidi, Neil Purvey. Antfood Music & Sound Design – who deserve an Emmy for the music alone. Jessie Cohen for amplifying our story from the get go. Last but not least the rockstar Zero Days VR team: Bradley G Munkowitz, Michael Rigley, Michael Cina, Kevin Watters, David Gochfeld, Thomas Meduri, Zara Hayden, Wilson Brown, Trevor Haimes, Yuta Endo, Dalton Harts, Mandy Mandelstein, Bil Thompson and Caitlin Robinson.

And finally and most importantly, a deeply heartfelt thank you to Shari Frilot and Hussain Currimbhoy for giving us a stage at Sundance where this entire wild ride started.

Yasmin Elayat

Thank you so much to the academy! This award represents a lot for us since our Scatter journey began two years ago in the summer of 2016. Not only was this our first project together, but we were also building our company and our first product Depthkit. This is a big moment for our team, for VR/AR and for Volumetric Filmmaking

I couldn’t be more thrilled, humbled, and full of pure joy right now. We won an Emmy for Zero Days VR for Outstanding New Approaches: Documentary at last night’s 39th News & Documentary Emmy Awards.  …

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