Snapchat is about to launch « First Person », the first of its original series to be shot on Snapchat Shows
The idea of filming a documentary using AR-focused glasses might sound fancy, but « First Person » tackles an important topic: climate change
The series is produced by journalist Yusuf Omar (who said he has worn glasses « every day of my life since 2016 ») and his Hashtag Our Stories program, which has trained more than 10,000 people in 140 countries to create journalism with their mobile phones
« First Person » sounds like an extension of this work – the team has sent Shows to topics in six countries so they can document the work they are doing to tackle climate change
“When Covid-19 arrived, many global media productions stopped filming,” Omar told me via email “But our innovators didn’t stop working. Sending them glasses allowed us to ‘reach for stories, otherwise impossible to tell during the coronavirus crisis «
He added that filming with Spectacles isn’t just a production method – it also allows viewers to literally see things from a climate activist’s perspective.
« The point of capturing POV Specs footage for a series like this is that we can see the change makers get their hands dirty and create, recycle, recycle and make the change they want to see », did he declare « Their physical actions, seeing both hands at work, through their point of view makes their actions relatable, interesting and immersive When young audiences watch them, they think, ‘I can probably do that too' »
In fact, the series also includes AR lenses for each episode – one lens, for example, will add cracks to your floor to indicate a water shortage, while another will add clouds of carbon dioxide. carbon in the sky to illustrate carbon emissions
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World News – AU – Watch the trailer for ‘First Person’, a climate-focused series shot on Snapchat Shows
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