Trust, Love and Human Celebration from 30 feet above.
“You feel like you have swum out into the ocean, farther than you should go and you don’t know if you can make it back to shore. But, you have your partner there with you so know matter what, even if you don’t make it back, it will be ok.” - Anya
In a world inundated with pessimism and isolation, two women spin three stories above us, trusting each other with their lives as they express joy, hope, and explore the risk of love. They are afraid, yet fearless; joyful, but struggling; and their love for each other is manifest in their artistic creations. YES! is the first of our documentary series that explore creative partnerships, love, trust and how human celebration helps us find joy in the darkest moments of our lives.
YES! follows the creative partnership between aerialists Anya Sapozhnikova and Melissa Aguerre. Audio and on-camera interviews will be coupled with spatial sound design and aerial performances that bring their story to life. We will be using a host of new techniques including overlapping spatial audio where both Anya and Melissa will be sharing what they’re feeling. At times the viewer's head orientation will dictate whose story is more dominant in the mix. Our 360°camera rig will be placed inside their performances to transport viewers 30 feet up, fully immersing them in the experience as only VR can.
Spatial audio example below. Please note, Spatial Audio currently only works in the YOUTUBE APP on Android 4.2 and above.
Our team is composed of 4 people: the director and producer have been working together for over a decade, have produced 6 feature films and thousands of hours of programming together. For the past 7 months we have been working closely with our experience director and director of spatial audio. As a team we have created a series for 360 experiments to test the technology focused on photo stitching, the combination of dance and spatial audio and storytelling in an immersive world.
TEAM MEMBER BIOS
Noah - Director
Noah Workman has directed Spin, a 2015 Webby Honoree for Best Dramatic Short, the documentary series Courageous Leaders for Vox, Sweet Spots a 20 part series for Bon Appétit and Condé Nast, an upcoming educational series for Sesame Workshop and the children's feature film Berel and the Bus Driver. He has also directed live and commercial work for companies including Mashable, Refinery29, Mac Cosmetics, Redken, Estee Lauder, Fisher-Price, Walmart, Pfizer, GSK, HP, Google Chrome and Techstars. Noah is co-founder of Iris MediaWorks a video content production and strategy company.
Albert - Director of Spatial Audio
After being nominated for 3 Grammys and 2 Clios, our Director of Spatial Audio, Albert Leusink, didn’t rest on his laurels but continued creating immersive sound experiences for clients and artists such as Lila Down, JetBlue, Laura Nyro, Macys, Zap Mama, Tony Allen, Microsoft, Rolex and Smirnoff and more. Currently on the cutting edge of the spatial audio movement in VR, Albert has created the first ever YouTube music experience featuring fully head tracked audio and is working on a slew of upcoming releases for the Oculus Rift and Gear VR platforms. As well as being an audio guru, Albert has performed as a trumpet payer on 4 continents venues large and small, from the Blue Note jazz club to the main stage at Lollapallooza.
Andrew - Experience Director
Andrew Leitch is a veteran of the digital space, working as an Experience Director, Creative Director and Filmmaker. Most recently Andrew has been focusing on the intersection of television and the internet, designing and optimizing experiences for clients such as NBCUniversal and PBS. He’s also worked in Creative/UX leadership roles at leading digital agencies, including Razorfish, GREY/G2 and Agency.com, for blue-chip brands like Nike, Pfizer and Ford. His web series, Elevator Moods, was an official selection at Sundance, a finalist at SxSW Interactive, a winner of a Webby (Best Broadband Site) and was ultimately acquired by A&E TV. Other film projects include the sci-fi short The Jetty, which premiered at the Darklight Film Festival in Dublin, and a teaser for new episodic digital series he’s developing called Montauk Boys. Andrew is also actively involved in New York's multi-platform storytelling community. He participated in the launch of StoryCode’s Story Hackathon series, where his team won the prize for best use of the Twilio API, and he’s currently developing his first narrative-driven VR experience.
Patrick - Producer
Patrick Rousseau has produced thousands of hours of content. Among other things, he has produced six feature films that have collectively won or been nominated for 16 festival awards and four best picture awards, one Webby Honoree short, and one Webby winning web series. The first web series he produced, The Captive, was The Sundance Channel’s second web acquisition. He has produced serialized work for Condé Nast, Vox, and Hewlett-Packard, and commercial work for companies including GlaxoSmithKline, Fisher-Price, Barclays, and L’Oréal, and Techstars.
On July 19th, 2016, the YES! team presented YES - A Mid-Production VR Case Study at Film Society of Lincoln Center for Storycode, an immersive media global community. Below are the embedded videos of our presentation.