WHAT THEY CARRIED - Behind the Scenes

Production Company: McClatchy New Ventures Lab

Program Director: Theresa Poulson
Director/Producer: Cassandra Herrman
Director/Producer: Nani Sahra Walker

Lead Strategist: Ben Connors

Volumetric Capture Supervisor: Andrew Gant
What They Carried, created by Cassandra Herrman and Nani Sahra Walker, is based on the photography series El Sueño Americano (The American Dream) by Tom Kiefer. This three-episode AR experience features confiscated personal items from undocumented migrants who were apprehended trying to enter the U.S. Through the technical power of the Actual Reality application, audiences can place these intimate objects in their homes, examine them from every side and discover the hopes, fears and stories imbued in them by the migrants who carried them. The story also brings viewers face-to-face with three dimensional volumetric interviews with characters like Dreamer Karina Ruiz. Finally, original artwork by Micah Milner adds an interpretive layer to the story, illustrating meaning, history and memory. The story was assembled in Unity by Julian Rojas.

Andrew worked as volumetric capture supervisor for the ‘Dreams’ episode of What They Carried.

For a more in-depth breakdown of this project, go here.

Online Journalism Awards: Winner - Excellance and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling, Medium Newsroom

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