360/VR Journalism: Why Story is King | Sarah Hill | NAB 2016

360/VR Journalism: Why Story is King | Sarah Hill | NAB 2016

Sarah Hill, CEO & Chief Storyteller at StoryUp, looks at the 360 story arc and some of the new storytelling inputs VR Journalists are using. A VR experience is more than just beautiful video; she believes story is a verb that can affect change, educate and lift spirits.  “The ‘look and see’ period of VR is transitioning,” Hill explains. “Narrative storytellers have a unique opportunity to add depth to a story.”  StoryUP uses mettle SkyBox Studio in After Effects in their 360/VR workflow. They have a dedicated “SkyBoxer” in their studio.

This talk is part of: Mettle showcases 360 VR Filmmakers at NAB.

360|VR Journalism: Why Story is King | Sarah Hill | NAB 2016

Sarah Hill (StoryUP VR) with Col. Charles McGee

Honor Everywhere by StoryUP VR

Q&A With Sarah Hill | StoryUP

Why did you become a VR filmmaker?
I was seeking a solution for a group of Veterans who weren’t able to physically travel. 

Which of your project are you most proud of?
Honor Everywhere. Sadly, all of the guys we interviewed in that story passed away just months after we shot the story. After that story, we knew the impact VR could provide people who are lonely, sick, homebound or hurting. 

What’s in your toolkit? (fave hardware and software)
We use Mettle Skybox Studio in our 360 productions, and shoot with GoPro Freedom 360 mounts. I stitch with Kolor APV/APG and own more G drives than a woman should be allowed to have. We edit with Premiere and Avid Media Composer. I enjoy Handbrake cocktails and a cooling can of compressed air in the African bush. 

Why did you get into VR?
…. the ability to tell stories without the filter of a fixed rectangle.

Is VR a new niche, or is it a taste of the future?
VR is another layer of ‘human media’, where our communication is becoming more dimensional, more living, breathing and human. I think the future is a blend, more MR (mixed reality) than solely VR. 

Thanks Sarah! We look forward to your future projects at StoryUP VR. 🙂

Sarah is a 20 year veteran of the broadcast industry. Before starting StoryUP, she built a successful TV feature franchise and the world’s first interactive news program based on Google Hangouts. An alum of the Missouri School of Journalism and former adjunct faculty, Sarah’s reporting has taken her team around the world covering stories about the human spirit in Vietnam, Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Zambia. Sarah is a National Edward R. Murrow, National Sigma Delta Chi, NAB Service to America and 12 time mid-America Emmy Award Winning Storyteller. StoryUP is a VR native media company that creates & licenses positive inspirational content. This group of digital creatives also runs the volunteer Honor Everywhere program which provides VR tours for terminally ill Veterans. 

Mettle Skybox Suite has joined Adobe.

Mettle Skybox Suite of plugins will be exclusively available as part of your Creative Cloud membership through deep, native integration with Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC. Adobe Creative Cloud will offer an end to end experience for crafting rich and compelling VR/360 experiences.  

 Learn more – Adobe and Mettle VR: 360 degrees better

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