The Making of "as it is": A Grand Canyon VR Documentary
360 Labs co-founder Thomas Hayden and editor/producer Rachel Bracker discuss the journey behind the making of "as it is," a virtual reality documentary about grassroots activists working to save the Grand Canyon from a controversial development proposal.
Their talk will explore the challenges of filming in remote locations, the considerations necessary for telling a story in 360 space, and the process of applying journalistic standards to reporting done in virtual reality.
Background/Cameras + Rigs/Filming in Rugged and Wild Places
Thomas explains how a fateful river trip through the Grand Canyon in 2014 sparked the idea for a documentary with a clear mission: transport viewers to the Canyon and inspire them to want to protect it. From managing cameras on multiday rafting expeditions to planning remote hikes with thousands of vertical miles to get the perfect shot, Thomas shares his advice on capturing a story as big as the Canyon itself.
Journalistic Practices in VR and the Art of 360 Editing
Rachel is an advocate for 360 video in the newsroom and believes that VR's ability to connect viewers to sources makes it one of the strongest tools in multimedia journalism today. She'll discuss her method for applying journalistic standards to VR, what she's learned (and unlearned) working in a 360 space, and best practices for interviewing sources for 360 documentaries. She will also explain how the immersive nature of VR shapes the entire editing process and influences each decision during post-production.
Rachel Bracker 360 Labs
Rachel specializes in documentary storytelling and holds a master's degree in multimedia journalism from the University of Oregon. She is a video producer with the award-winning Vanport Mosaic and directed the five-part series "The 26%: Women Speak Out on Tech's Diversity Crisis" for Recode. Her videos have been featured by the New York Times Magazine,…
Thomas Hayden 360 Labs
With more than a decade in VR, Thomas Hayden helped pioneer the new, immersive medium of 360° video. World class brands like Google, Daimler, the US Coast Guard, and Columbia Sportswear trust his 360 vision. Thomas learned to tell a story around a campfire as a wilderness guide on the Colorado Plateau and in Alaska.…