Auckland City Mission has launched a 360-degree video experience, ‚ÄúThe Harsh Reality‚ÄĚ that drops the viewer into a series of confronting vignettes, shot from the perspective of one of Auckland‚Äôs homeless.
Created to kick-start Auckland City Mission‚Äôs 2016 Winter Appeal, the experience serves not only to highlight the terrible conditions facing Auckland‚Äôs homeless, but also to force the viewer to see through the eyes of a rough sleeper ‚ÄĒ driving home that these are real people, just like anyone else.
The 360-degree experience, produced by Track and DDB, is currently hosted online by NZME on the New Zealand Herald website, which is a first for the publisher. Auckland City Missioner, Chris Farrelly, said this new method of storytelling perfectly suits the brief of encouraging Aucklanders to connect with the plight of their less-fortunate neighbours.
‚ÄúWhen we asked Track to help us with our Winter Appeal, and they responded with this innovative idea of bringing to life the stories of our city‚Äôs rough sleepers we thought, ‚ÄėWe absolutely need to do this‚Äô,‚ÄĚ Farrelly said.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôve got a very talented team who were able to provide the necessary support on what was a very technical project, and a story that needed to be told with equal amounts of creativity and compassion.‚ÄĚ
Track‚Äôs creative director, Jeff Harris, said this project was a perfect case where the story and the objective dictated the technology and the channel, rather than using technology for its own sake.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre thrilled to have the opportunity to use the latest technology to tell this important story, in a way that it hasn‚Äôt been told before,‚ÄĚ Harris said.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a lot of media coverage at the moment about the plight of our city‚Äôs homeless and I‚Äôm sure people are concerned on an intellectual level, but to really immerse Aucklanders in this issue, on a visceral level that‚Äôs impossible to ignore, we felt we needed to create a compelling experience that puts the viewer in their shoes. Working with DDB to deliver a 360 video was the perfect solution,‚ÄĚ Harris said.
Auckland City Mission‚Äôs Winter Appeal runs from 1 July to 16 August 2016, and will also be supported by a donation drive through outdoor, press advertising and online.