AJ+ (AlJazeera) wanted to tell the story of the modern-day disastrous repercussions of an oil spill in Nigeria that happened over ten years ago.
To build a campaign with impact, we created the narrative in 360° Virtual Reality, as I wanted to drive home a stark contrast: looking towards the left, viewers can experience the live-action footage play as is (showcasing real imagery of the crisis-ridden land), and when looking towards the right, the footage was amplified with vibrant illustrations showcasing what the land looked like before the crisis.
To align with AlJazeera's strategic goals of reaching certain audiences, we made the 360° VR experience available on the Facebook pages of AJ+, AlJazeera English, and Amnesty International and has amassed over 2.7 million views thus far.
The campaign has been featured and acclaimed by AJ+, Cheddar TV, Journalism.Co.UK, VRScout, and more.
Conceptual, Art Direction, Illustration Lead, Animation Lead
One World Media 'Digital Media' award sponsored by Google
For the full 7-minute experience, please visit AJ+.
The trailer below is a 360° experience. On desktop, please use Chrome and simply use your mouse or trackpad to move around. If you are on a mobile device, please view it via the YouTube app.