MIL OSI – Source: Axel Springer in English – Press Release/Statement
Headline: “USS Harry S. Truman": New virtual reality-report by BILD and Jaunt
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World premiere at BILD: BILD is the first medium to publish a two-part 360 degree virtual reality report of an American aircraft carrier. The “USS Harry S. Truman” is cruising in the Persian Gulf. Its combat aircraft are carrying out operations against the terrorists of the so-called Islamic state in Syria and Iraq as part of “Operation Inherent Resolve”. BILD reporter Hannes Ravic and Grant Anderson, Head of Studio at Jaunt, and their team were allowed to film on board the aircraft carrier for 24 hours and conduct interviews with the crew. This has resulted in the first 360 degree virtual reality report to document life on board of the floating airport and its deployment against ISIS. The production of the videos is the second cooperation between BILD and Jaunt, the leading startup for high-quality virtual reality productions in which Axel Springer holds an interest since September 2015.
Julian Reichelt, editor-in-chief BILD Digital: “Whether on the bridge, the flight deck or in the galley – this report takes our readers to a place they have never previously seen like this. Using technology from Jaunt, we are now for the second time offering our readers an innovative format that will shape the future of journalistic storytelling.”
BILD had previously published a video featuring German basketball star Dirk Nowitzki in April 2016. Both 360 degree videos were filmed with the ‘Jaunt ONE Camera’, which has 24 individual lenses, with the recordings retrospectively combined to form a 3D-capable 360 degree film. In order to experience the aircraft carrier in virtual reality, the user only needs to download the Jaunt app to his smartphone. With VR glasses or a Cardboard with a smartphone, he can virtually experience Hannes Ravic’s BILD report. The 360 degree version of the video is also played on all the usual BILD.de platforms.
BILD is Germany’s leading multimedia brand with a reach of approximately 38 million readers per month across print and online platforms (including BILD’s Sunday edition). Excellent journalism combined with innovative design and modern web technology are the key success factors for BILD in the digital transition. BILD is part of Axel Springer, one of the world’s largest digital publishers in terms of reach. With headquarters in Berlin, Axel Springer SE is divided into three operating segments: Classified Ad Models, Paid Models, and Marketing Models.
Jaunt is pioneering the future of creative storytelling through cinematic virtual reality. Founded in 2013, Jaunt is the leading developer of the hardware, software, tools, and applications to enable cinematic VR and put the power of virtual reality in the hands of today’s best content creators. In addition, Jaunt works with leading creatives – from brands to artists to filmmakers – to create cutting-edge content through its studio arm, Jaunt Studios. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, the company also maintains a presence in Los Angeles and produces branded and original VR content for audiences worldwide. Jaunt’s investors include Axel Springer SE, ProSiebenSat. 1, The Walt Disney Company, Evolution Media Partners, China Media Capital, Highland Capital Partners, Google Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, The Madison Square Garden Company, Peter Gotcher, Blake Krikorian, and Sky. Experience more at www.jauntvr.com.