If you haven’t noticed, there’s a big obsession going on with 360-degree videos on Facebook (and elsewhere) these days. Forget those basic experiences just showing you inside a showroom, sat on a catwalk or enjoying a certain inspiring view, however, those doing it really well are focusing on storytelling.
Front and centre is Shinola. The Detroit-based company has introduced a new immersive video that provides a tour of its factory complete with entertaining narration and guidance from Luke Wilson.
The actor/director worked with brother Andrew Wilson, and creative studio Reel FX to provide an eccentric, and oftentimes clumsy view on life inside the maker of watches, bicycles and leather goods. He explores various different rooms, chats to certain members of the team, cycles around the space and trips over various boxes, all the while looking to recruit people for his Shinola sports teams.
Combined, the experience takes the idea of behind-the-scenes tours to the next level – moving on the bland perspective, both in single-view and more recently in the 360 (or virtual reality) space, by introducing a heavy dose of personality to the proceedings.
“In 2012 we built a watch factory in Detroit and called it our home. The city and the people who assemble our products are at the core of everything we do. This film allows those who cannot make a trip to Detroit to take a peak into why we chose Detroit and what drives us everyday. The combination of Luke’s sharp humor and this new technology was the perfect match to express the brand in a way that is both fun and informative,” said Shinola CMO, Bridget Russo.
That new technology refers to the fact the team used the new Nokia OXO camera, which is touted as the first VR camera purpose-built for professionals by making use of real-time HMD monitoring to streamline camera placement and shot composition.
That, combined with Reel FX’s proprietary postproduction workflow tools, allowed the team to spend their time on the creative process, rather than the technical challenges often inherent in the emergence of this style of filmmaking, reads the write-up.
A separate making-of video, which features the original track “Detroit Seal” by Pato Motown, takes a closer look at this in action. The 360-degree film is available in select Shinola retail stores, on Facebook Live and on the brand’s dedicated landing page. There is no detail about whether the team are activating the 360-video with virtual reality headsets in store, but it would certainly be viewable as such.