A Walsall College student has become the face of road safety after appearing in a promotional virtual reality film created by the West Midlands Fire Service.

The seven-minute video will be used to educate young people in colleges and universities across the west Midlands about driving safely.

Dean Webb, a 20-year-old level three performing arts student, spent two days working in various locations across the Black Country to film the video, which has been shot from the driver’s perspective.

Following a group of friends on their journey to a party, the film – which can even be watched through a virtual reality headset – provides a 360-degree immersive experience, and poses decisions for the viewer to make. The choices they make will determine which scenario they end up in.

Dean said: “I really enjoyed being involved in the filming as it’s been a great experience.

“We do a lot of shows at college but this is the first time I’ve worked for a client with a real script.

“Filming the video gave me an insight into what it’s like for real actors in the industry and has made me want to become an actor even more.”


Main image: Hot stuff: Andy Gillespie from West Midlands Fire Service with Dean Webb

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