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"Fossil Hunting of the Gobi"
In The American Museum of Natural History's first VR/360 production, we immersed the viewer in the journey of 1920s explorer Roy Chapman Andrews, leading up to current day research. We created the film piece by unearthing original photos and material from the museum library, scanning in and pulling original film reels shot between 1922-1930 to build a virtual 360 "world", layering elements into a 360 canvas supporting the story using techniques in matte-painting, 360 environment creation, live-action 360 shoots and more.
Official site: http://www.amnh.org/shelf-life/fossil-hunting-in-the-gobi-360
Vladimir Nabokov is best known for his literary masterpiece Lolita, but next to writing, his great passion was the study of moths and butterflies. Curatorial Assistant Suzanne Rab Green tells the story of the author’s first road trip across the U.S., where he drew inspiration and collected specimens along the way. For a timeline of Nabokov’s 1941 trip, including butterflies and vintage postcards from the route, visit our episode website: https://www.amnh.org/shelf-life/nabokov-s-butterflies-360
Now available to watch on all major VR platforms, this is a film that follows the story of two 11-year-old girls from Syria and their fateful, serendipitous friendship after being threatened by ISIS. Directed by Jason Drakeford and Thomas Nybo, they created this immersive film to translate a true story into something unlike anything seen before in current VR documentaries. Avoiding any 360-rig technology, they combined Drakeford’s creative direction and immersive design technology with Nybo’s UNICEF on-the-ground photographs and interviews, along with other photographs from journalists on the ground to create an unforgettable journey through the eyes of a child.
Official site: www.interrupturefilm.com
Sir David Attenborough on Museum Collections
You may know the American Museum of Natural History’s exhibits, but only a tiny portion of the world-class collection is on view. Go behind the scenes in 360 with Sir David Attenborough as he explains how museum collections help us learn more about—and protect-- the natural world.
"Ready to Learn, Ready to Live”
This immersive VR film celebrates The Day of the Girl - and invites you to immerse yourself in one girl’s story on her right to choose. With over 1.5 million views, you can watch it on the official UNICEF Facebook page here: http://facebook.com/afghanistanunicef/videos/10155650141294002/
"Shamans of Siberia"
Meet the shamans of snowy Siberia with the Jesup North Pacific Expedition—one of the largest anthropology expeditions of all time. Curator Laurel Kendall tells the story of how the Museum’s pre-Soviet collections remain vital to the preservation of a living culture.
Official site: http://www.amnh.org/shelf-life/shamans-of-siberia-in-360
"Flight of the Unwanted"
Immerse yourself in what life is like for Rohingya refugee children after being forced from their homes in Myanmar. Official UNICEF Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unicef/videos/10156035071709002/
"Golden Record Decoded"
Explore the sights and sounds of the original 1977 Golden Record in this immersive VR experience (all of the original material on-board the Voyager spacecraft was used in the production). The craft will drift for billions of years in the emptiness, each carrying a Golden Record inscribed with our message to any intelligent spacefaring civilization that discovers it.
VR Day, Atlanta’s Mixed Reality Conference Talk
I gave a talk at this VR conference about using the medium as a time-machine, being more impactful with art direction and not relying on current technology to tell better stories.