In honor of the U.S. National Park Service’s centennial, National Geographic, Felix & Paul Studios and Oculus collaborated on the creation of a 360° VR experience of President Barack Obama’s trip to Yosemite with his family over Father’s Day weekend. The 11-minute film “Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America’s National Parks” was shot with support from production company Sailor Productions.
The film digitally delivers the beauty of Yosemite to the viewer’s device, showcasing striking views of Yosemite landmarks such as El Capitan, the Cathedral Rocks, Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Falls. The film also features Obama interacting with students during an event tied to his “Every Kid in the Park” initiative and shares a discussion between the president and Yosemite National Park superintendent Don Neubacher.
Felix & Paul Studios co-founder Félix Lajeunesse says, “As filmmakers, we wanted to use cinematic virtual reality’s unique transportive power to bring audiences into a journey with President Obama where they could experience firsthand the vertiginous, lyrical and timeless beauty of Yosemite. We were deeply inspired by the idea that American national parks such as Yosemite were originally established ‘for all people for all times.’”
The VR experience is available on the Oculus Store for Gear VR and as a 360° video on Facebook.