VICE News’ ‘Drop Zone’
Imagine you’re on an airstrip in Fort Bragg, viewing paratroopers getting into a military aircraft. You’re able to look to your side and a trooper puts gear on, look down and see your boots are damp and more.
You’re not able to see this because you’re in the military. You’re able to see this through VICE News’ VR film called “Drop Zone”.
“Drop Zone” gives people an immersive 360-degree experience inside a U.S. Army paratroopers’ training.
The footage was filmed by Impact Creative, a Santa Cruz video firm. It was narrated by Kaj Larsen, a correspondent for VICE News.
Kaj Larsen said, “Since most people will not have the opportunity to jump out of a plane as a U.S. Army paratrooper, I wanted them to have the chance to ‘walk in those boots’ so to speak, and have a taste of what it’s about. There’s a large civilian-military divide and I think by having civilians go through that experience of what it’s like to jump out of a plane — a C17 or a C130 — they will better understand what it’s like to serve in the U.S. military.”
Drop Zone is best viewed on a high quality VR headset such as the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, for example.