Felix & Paul take viewers on a VR trip with Barack Obama
A film from Felix & Paul Studios allows viewers to join President Barack Obama for a tour of Yosemite National Park. The VR film, Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America’s National Parks, was developed by National Geographic, Felix & Paul Studios, and Oculus. The experience is available on the Oculus Store for Gear VR with Rift coming soon. A 360 video version is also available on Facebook.
Viewers can take in the president’s remarks as they explore every angle of the incredible surroundings of Yosemite, including El Capitan, the Cathedral Rocks, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite Falls, and the Merced River.
“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 first-hand the vertiginous, lyrical and timeless beauty of Yosemite. We were deeply inspired by the idea that American national parks such as Yosemite were originally established ‘for all people for all times,’ as a way to allow future generations to experience the extraordinary and untouched beauty and richness of these natural wonders,” said Félix Lajeunesse, co-founder of Felix & Paul Studios
“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,” said Rajiv Mody, vice president of social media for National Geographic.
This VR experience provides an up-close-and-personal look at President Obama’s trip to Yosemite with his family over Father’s Day weekend. Viewers follow the President as he traverses the park, interacting with students during an event tied to his ‘Every Kid in the Park’ initiative and speaking with Don Neubacher, the Yosemite National Park superintendent.
National Geographic added that VR also presents an ideal opportunity to preserve events such as President Obama’s visit to the national park for future generations. “Very few people will get to experience the beauty of the US national parks alongside a sitting president. Transporting people to places they might not get to see in their lifetime is one of the great powers of VR,” the organisation said in a statement.