Video shows 'virtual reality' 360 degree perspective of war-torn Aleppo

Viewers can experience what is like to be inside one of the most dangerous cities in the world

Megan Townsend
Wednesday 09 September 2015 15:19 BST
Aleppo is thought to be the worlds most dangerous city
Aleppo is thought to be the worlds most dangerous city (Getty Images)

A film maker has created what is thought to be the first 360-degree view of a war zone in Aleppo, Syria.

Viewers can click on the dial at the top right of the video and shift around perspective using a touchscreen, track-pad or mouse.

Watch the war-torn city from any angle below.

British filmmaker Christian Stephen told The Independent that he wanted to give the viewer "a haunting and intimate experience of what a war zone is actually like." He believes that current news coverage does not illustrate how harrowing these conflicts are.

"People are shown 1-2 minute segments with whiplash editing and a force fed view of the situation on the ground. I've been doing it for years, and although powerful to many with an interest - the general consensus will usually end up being 'another war somewhere over there.'"

"I spent the first day of shooting with the VR being hunted by regime and rebel snipers. 9 hours of running from street to street trying to successfully capture each shot."

"I feel strongly that the new technology (that's advancing at a dizzying speed) can serve a purpose higher than the tidal wave of what will be, generally, video games and porn."

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