Notes On Blindness: Into Darkness


New York Premiere

U.K., France | 20 MINUTES | English |



As one goes deeper into blindness, one begins to live by other interests, other values. One begins to take up residence in another world.’ After losing his sight in 1983, John Hull began recording an audio-diary documenting his discovery of ‘a world beyond sight.’ John's original recordings, the sensory and emotional universe of his voice, form the basis of this interactive experience, which uses real time 3D, virtual reality, and binaural sound to explore the interior world of blindness. This creates a unique VR project where you have time and space to viscerally experience John’s story and explore how losing one sense can enhance others. (This project is a 2015 Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund grantee.)

Read an interview with Notes on Blindness producer Arnaud Colinart about using VR to generate empathy, at

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Directed by Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton, and James Spinney

Amaury La Burthe has worked as researcher for Sony-CSL and as lead audio designer for Ubisoft. He founded the start-up AudioGaming. Arnaud Colinart is a producer at AGAT Films & Cie / EX NIHILO. Past works include the video game Type:Rider, and a graphic tribute to the TV series Peaky Blinders. From respective backgrounds studying Visual Art and English Literature, Peter and James have been working together for the past five years on a range of fiction and documentary films.

Project Creators/Directors
Arnaud Colinart, Amaury Laburthe, Peter Middleton, James Spinney
Art Directors
Arnaud Desjardins, Beatrice Lartigue, Fabien Togman
Robin Picou, Florent Dumas, Thomas Couchard, Fabien Ziebel, Clement Cheriot
Arnaud Colinart, David Coujard, Mike Brett
Executive Producer
Amaury Laburthe
VR Art Directors
Beatrice Lartigue, Arnaud Desjardins, Fabien Togman
Creative Coders
Thomas Couchard, Florent Dumas, Robin Picou, Kevin Loustau
Supported by
The Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée (CNC), TFI New Media Fund and Ford Foundation, Justfilms, Région Midi-Pyrénées
Produced By
Ex Nihilo, ARTE France, Archer's Mark, AudioGaming
TFI New Media Fund and Ford Foundation - JustFilms, Centre National du Cinema et de l'image Animee (CNC) and Region Midi-Pyrenees


Project Contact
Arnaud Colinart
Ex Nihilo
Villeurbanne, 69100
Phone: +33 67 717 6622
Press Contact
Angel Cheng
Tribeca Film Festival
New York, NY 11215
Phone: 347 909 4714