As I mentioned in a previous post I have recently been experimenting with producing Immersive 360 content. An early attempt was to create a factory tour of a working Pottery in Stoke on Trent. My initial still images just didn’t give you that ‘feel’ of the place. Which hasn’t really changed in a hundred years. However the 360 images allowed you to look around and really explore the environment, in a way that conventional images just couldn’t achieve.
I am not convinced that 360 content will ever go fully mainstream, especially if you have to wear goggles to view it. However for some content, it works really well. I am currently working on a project that uses 360 video and whilst doing some research, I came across the video below. It tells the story of ‘A Day In The Life Of A Trans Woman’. Initially the camera shoots from a third person perspective, but later on it becomes first person. So we get a real insight into how people are viewing and reacting to the person telling the story. Whilst there are loads of videos on YouTube using 360 video, this one is using it to tell a story in a way that couldn’t be done any other way. It is an original approach that really uses the medium well.
As an aside. The comments to the video tell a story in themselves!