a short interactive movie by amy talkington
starring lucille patton, ron crawford and john canada terrell
New Arrival 1 New Arrival 2


"the new arrival" is the world's first immersive movie. shot on 360-degree behere ivideo, an immersive movie provides a new experience in which the viewer can navigate him/herself through a scene, able to choose any of the 360-degree view.

"the new arrival" was unveiled by at the cannes international film market in 2000, where it was critically acclaimed. it went on to screen in the sundance and rotterdam online film festivals as well as being presented at the pompidou museum in paris as an example of a "film of tomorrow."

"the new arrival" was an online hit, for which the new york times named amy talkington "one of the few women to break out on the internet."

"the new arrival" eventually landed in a commonly used film textbook, "film: an introduction," as an important example of early interactive storytelling.

zachary mortensen produced, matt diehl co-wrote the script and talkington's frequent collaborator jim denault acted as cinematographer.

trt: 4 minutes, video, stereo, © 2000.


"****...a small jewel of a film...dazzling." -- premiere magazine

"charming..." -- sight and sound

"...ingenious and even poignant." -- filmmaker magazine

"interaction of a different stripe..." -- wired magazine


"the new arrival" can no longer be seen online because its media player is outdated. But here is a short documentary that explains he project and its process.

here is an example of what it looked like to experience the film. this is a video of the computer screen, the 360-degree video is being driven by the producer.



selected to be a part of the "films of tomorrow," screening series, the pompidou center, 2001
cineaward for outstanding achievement in directing, cinewomen, 2001
cineaward for outstanding achievement in tech innovation, cinewomen, 2001
pixie award, best use of technology, pixie awards, 2001


sundance online film festival, 2001
international film festival rotterdam, 2001
"films of tomorrow" screening series, the pompidou center, 2001
special presentation at the national women's museum, 2001
afi film festival digital symposium, 2000
cannes international market, 2000
florida film festival, new media panel demo, 2000