360 Video & Immersive Storytelling
The New Frontier in Digital Media
The world of immersive media, or 360-degree video environments, is not only new and exciting but has a lot of potential for young and creative minds to explore uncharted media territories. This production-oriented course will teach students how to tell interactive stories using 360-degree video that viewers experience through virtual reality headsets, smartphones, and laptops. The course is focused on a multi-platform experiential storytelling, and in this class students will:
- Explore and critique immersive media experiences being created by 360-degree video developers.
- Be able to explain what resources and skills are required to recreate a similar experience.
- Identify stories that can be narrated through an experience, then building them.
- Get experience creating stories for various types of communications, including entertainment, non-fiction, and corporate applications such as advertising and public relations.
When it comes to immersive media we have only seen the tip of the iceberg. There is so much potential and unexplored uses of this medium. After completing this course you will be able to conceptualize and produce your own 360-degree videos that will hopefully ignite your curiosity and creativity in this developing field. This is a very valuable skill to have since employers are always trying to reach their target audiences in new, meaningful, and creative ways.
Oscar Guerra is an Emmy® award-winning director, researcher, and educator. He is an Assistant Professor of Film and Video at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Guerra’s focus is storytelling that promotes critical thinking and social investment. He aims to produce media that provides a way for underrepresented groups to share and disseminate counterstories, contradict dominant and potentially stereotypical narratives, and strengthen their voices and identities. Check out his latest production at: www.guerraproduction.com and https://www.instagram.com/guerraproduction/