The Open University is one of the biggest universities in the UK for undergraduate education. Their self proclaimed mission is to be ‘open to people, places, methods and ideas’, and they have been championing distance learning and free access to their learning materials since their inception in 1969.
The Open University wanted to produce a range of learning resources about seven of London’s principal religious buildings, which they could host on their Open Learn site. We worked with them on a 360 video concept, which would allow viewers to explore the buildings in full 360 detail whilst learning about their history.
We started off by visiting each religious building and learning about how they are used, before deciding to produce a separate film for each one, and to interview someone knowledgeable from the organisation in order to produce the voiceover which provides the information, whilst the viewer has time to explore each relevant room. When it came to the filming, we built a roving rig for the 360 camera for horizontal tracking shots, and used our motorised Ditto slider for the vertical ones. We then built an interactive wrapper for the website, which allows the view to explore each building and find out additional information on them. Watch a cutdown edit of the seven films above, and view the full films here.