Interrupture | VR Film

Interrupture | VR Film

INTERRUPTURE is a powerful and moving documentary VR Film, directed by Jason Drakeford and Thomas Nybo. The true story is told from the first-person perspective of an 11-year old girl, as she makes a hazardous journey from Syria to Europe. It’s made entirely from 2D assets brought into 360/VR with SkyBox Studio in Adobe After Effects and edited in Premiere Pro using SkyBox 360/VR Tools.

Crafting in 360: the artist must create the entire 360 world, which is framed through the viewing device (phone or Head Mounted Display).

Interrupture is a VR film that transports you into the true story of the escape of two 11-year-old girls from Syria and their fateful, serendipitous friendship after being threatened by ISIS. The film premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival 2016 and is something unlike anything seen before in current VR documentaries. Avoiding any 360-rig technology due to its current limitations, they combined Drakeford’s creative direction and immersive design technology with Nybo’s photographs and interviews, and other photographs from journalists on the ground, to create an unforgettable journey through the eyes of a child.

Pre-production sketches:

Workflow/Tools/Technology Used:

“Our workflow used Mettle Skybox Studio extensively throughout the process with Adobe After Effects to create equirectangular backdrops and environment maps, as well as pushing 2D photography into a 360 environment. None of the images were shot with a 360 rig – everything in the film was matte-painted together from 2D images into the equirectangular environment and animated with Skybox Studio and After Effects, combining techniques in silhouettes, vector painting, and more, with the final cut edited together with Adobe Premiere Pro. – Jason Drakeford.

360/VR Production using SkyBox Studio (After Effects), and SkyBox 360/VR Tools (Premiere Pro):

Thomas Nybo is a prolific photographer and filmmaker and travels the world non-stop documenting the lives of people in peril. He has produced stories in more than 80 countries and is equally at home in war zones, jungles, urban slums and underground hip-hop clubs. View his work at

Jason Drakeford has a background working with infamous artists such as Tony Oursler and Ken Jacobs on intense avant-garde installations and films that bend reality in different and unexpected ways. Most recently he directed the film “Fast and Light to Pluto” for The New York Times. View his work at 

Mettle Skybox Suite has joined Adobe.

Mettle Skybox Suite of plugins will be exclusively available as part of your Creative Cloud membership through deep, native integration with Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC. Adobe Creative Cloud will offer an end to end experience for crafting rich and compelling VR/360 experiences.  

 Learn more – Adobe and Mettle VR: 360 degrees better

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