FRONTLINE has spent the last three years exploring how they can bring its journalism to life in new ways through VR.

How might it feel to be locked up in a cell that measures 15 feet by 6 feet – where the cement cot takes up nearly a quarter of the floor space? What is it like to live in a place where civil war has forced you to leave your home? Where you must walk six hours through a swamp to get food that comes in the form of 100-pound bags dropped from the sky? What if you could witness a glacier’s retreat or dive beneath the ocean’s surface to see what is causing Greenland’s glaciers to melt faster and faster over the last 15 years?

Journalism has always been about telling stories of what is happening in faraway places and to faraway people. Through deep reporting and powerful storytelling, FRONTLINE let’s people understand what it’s like to be there, to understand why someone did what they did, to put them in someone else’s shoes. For over thirty years, FRONTLINE has brought these stories to life through film, and now, new digital tools, such as virtual reality and 360 video, allows the series to bring the viewer even closer.

In this talk, FRONTLINE’s Director of Digital Video Carla Borrás will share a behind-the-scenes look at the making of their VR documentaries – lessons learned, best practices and mistakes made along the way. Join us on October 19 at 12pm at the Open Doc Lab.

Carla Borrás is the Director of Digital Video for FRONTLINE, PBS’ flagship investigative journalism series. She oversees digital video production and strategy, working with FRONTLINE’s producers, editors, and journalists to create smart engaging video that is shared with audiences across platforms. Borrás, a self-described documentary nerd, was instrumental in launching FRONTLINE’s virtual reality efforts. She is passionate about seeking out great stories, as well as the best way to tell them. Prior to jumping at the chance to join FRONTLINE in 2008, she worked on features and nonfiction programming for the Discovery Channel, Sony Pictures and truTV. Borrás graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in psychology.



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