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Featured 360: Fidel Castro, LA Noir and Santa’s Sleigh

Featured 360° is an ongoing series to highlight some of our favorite videos from creators and brands for you to enjoy during the week. For this week’s installment of Featured 360° you can become an LA Noir reporter, experience Fidel Castro’s farewell in Cuba and sit shotgun with Santa in his sleigh.


Cuba Honoring Fidel Castro

“Cuba honored the revolutionary legacy of Fidel Castro this week, experiencing all the emotions that accompany saying goodbye.”

One of the leaders in immersive journalism, RYOT takes you to stand in the middle of a mass tribute on the eve of Fidel Castro’s funeral in Santiago de Cuba. Experience the emotions of Cubans saying goodbye to their controversial leader in this moving piece.

Casey Affleck: Great Performers

“You are the REPORTER who knows the champ better than anyone.
Step inside the suspenseful world of film noir in a series of short virtual-reality films, and see what its like to be in a scene with the year’s best actors.”

New York Times strikes again with their annual celebration of Hollywood’s best performers, this time bringing us nine film-noir style 360 videos in a series titled Great Performers. This particular video is our personal favorite with exceptional visual storytelling and use of lighting to direct the audience’s attention. The series has definitely made its mark in Cinematic VR.

The Night Before 

“Ride with Santa in his magic sleigh on the biggest night of his year. See what Santa sees as he travels around the world while his little helper, Pepper, tries to keep him on a tight schedule. Will the two of them be able to get all the presents delivered by morning?”

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Come aboard Santa’s sleigh and spread the holiday cheer! HERE BE DRAGONS launched “The Night Before” in partnership with , Wieden + Kennedy Portland and Deluxe VR. You can experience the 4D virtual reality experience at The Grove in Los Angeles, Herald Square in New York and Samsung 837 in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.

About the Scout

Zeynep Abes

Zeynep is a new media artist who got her start at LACMA’s Art+Tech lab creating AR installations. She then worked at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival's New Frontier Exhibitions and is currently studying computer animation and game development for VR and AR.

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