We created a Virtual Reality experience to bring Impact Network’s schools to you. I Am Because of You is a 360-degree dip into the rich musical and visual landscapes of Zambia's remote Eastern Province. Janet, a ten-year-old student who dreams of being a teacher, leads us from her family’s thatched hut at dawn to school and dance practice.
We shot the experience to communicate a sense of place and beauty in rural Zambia. Our shooting conditions were very unusual – no electricity, internet, or running water – and the entire production was powered by a solar panel on the roof of a school. We also wanted to use VR to tell a different story about development in Africa, using the technology to create a documentary-style view rather than a brand-driven campaign.
Check out our article in Huffington Post for a behind-the-scenes look at how we produced the experience.
how to watch
You can watch I Am Because of You on your phone, desktop, or (for the full experience) with a VR viewer. Here are tips for watching with a cardboard viewer:
- Download the YouTube app on your phone
- Click on the video link above
- Press play
- Click on the cardboard viewer icon on the bottom of the viewing screen
- Rotate the phone horizontally and insert into the viewer
- Turn up your volume all the way or use headphones
- Stand up and look around!
For best quality: use wifi, and once the video appears, click the three dots at the top right of the screen, then quality, and select the highest setting.