New York Times Sponsors VR Film Screening at SIGGRAPH

A 40 minute talk on VR in news reporting along with screening of VR film Under A Cracked Sky will be presented by the New York Times.

Well-known newspaper the New York Times will be sponsoring a special screening of virtual reality (VR) short film Under A Cracked Sky along with a special presentation on the New York Times’ integration of VR as part of SIGGRAPH 2017, a conference and exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.

Director of Immersive platforms and storytelling for the New York Times will present a 40-minute talk on the mew medium of VR and how the New York Times is integrating the technology into its news reporting. The presentation will also include a showing of VR short film The Antarctica Series: Under A Cracked Sky.

“We are beyond thrilled to be welcoming Graham Roberts, the man who helped spearhead and establish the Times’ NYT VR program, to our conference this year,” said Jerome Solomon, conference chair for SIGGRAPH 2017. “Having a project with the pedigree and prestige of ‘Under A Cracked Sky’ truly establishes the fact that we continue to present our attendees with world-class material and technologies. I am certain people will enjoy Graham’s presentation and short film — after all, it doesn’t get more impressive than The New York Times!”

Graham Roberts notes, “VR is an incredible new tool that gives people a different perspective — it offers the feeling of full immersion within our news stories and reports. I see VR as an important change in the way in which people digest news and interact with the media: It’s a new paradigm through which people can experience brand-new perceptions of the world … it transports the viewer somewhere he or she has never been before.”

SIGGRAPH 2017 will be held on 30th July – 2rd of August in Los Angeles. Further information and tickets can be found at the official SIGGRAPH website.

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