National Geographic, Oculus Studios and Felix & Paul Studios have come together to produce and give you a unique experience of sightseeing one of the most beautiful national parks in the Unite States, Yosemite National Park, on the comforts of your smartphone screens. This has been made possible because of the new technological advancement in virtual media and on Facebook, that allows one to take videos in 360 degrees. But this virtual adventure does not end here. Obama is features into the video, simulating a feeling in the views as if her is standing besides them.
The First Family, including Barak Obama, Michelle Obama and their two daughters, Malia and Sasha, visited Yosemite National Park on its 100th Anniversary, that is when this video was made. As Obama posed in front of the camera with beautiful nature surrounding him, he also took it upon himself to narrate a few things about the national park. While shooting at Sierra Nevada mountains in California, Obama has also raised serious concerns about preserving the natural environment. The Vice President of Social Media in National Geographic, Rajiv Mody, has stated “National Geographic has been a pioneer in visual storytelling throughout its 128-year history. We see virtual reality as a new frontier and are thrilled to use this powerful medium to help celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary”.
“As filmmakers, we wanted to use cinematic virtual reality’s unique transportive power to bring audiences into a journey with President Obama where they could experience firsthand the vertiginous, lyrical, and timeless beauty of Yosemite,” Felix & Paul Studios conveyed.
The creators of this 11-minute video have made it available on the Oculus Store for Samsung Gear VR. It will also be made available on Oculus Rift VR headset. “The VR experience provides a personal look at President Obama’s trip to Yosemite with his family over Father’s Day weekend,” a blog post published on Friday, on the Oculus website, informed its audience.
Have a look at the video released by Oculus: