There is a whole host of ethical considerations and standards issues that have to be grappled with - Jake Silverstein - editor New York Times
The New York Times' experiment with VR a few weeks ago has re-awakened the debate of journalistic integrity in storytelling. When the newspaper released a VR film, The Displaced, on Google Cardboard, the editor and standards editor went through the film with a fine tooth comb to make sure that it fairly represented reality. The integrity of the film was met with mixed reactions.
Robert Kaiser, the former managing editor of The Washington Post, questioned the truth behind VR storytelling in the representation of news stories and accused the NYT of touting a process “that will often be based on tricks and deceptions by photographers / cameramen.”
Virtual reality involves careful coordination between filmmaker and subject and as a result could alter the truth in its selection and preparation of a scene to reflect the author's bias, rather than fact.
Since V.R. films a scene in 360 degrees, in every direction at the same time, there is no place for the photographer or filmmaker to stand unless they become a constant character in the scene. In traditional photo or video, they stand behind their camera and craft scenes so they do not appear to be present.” So, he said, “we had to hide.” - Ben C. Solomon - VR videographer
The NYT team recognises that virtual reality may not be "appropriate at all for some journalistic purposes."
Launched in May 2015, YouTube's Field Day Channel collaborates with talented content creators like freestyle dancer Amymarie Gaertner, to experiment with new types of content and create their dream videos.
A win-win partnership for YouTube and content creators, and ultimately a high quality viewing experience.
The result, ideally, is happier creators and higher-quality content. “We’re really trying to push to the edge of what you can do on the platform, where a viewer might go, ‘That’s not what we’re used to seeing on YouTube." Andrew Geller, Executive producer, 1stAveMachine
To me, this is an ambitious piece, a one-of-a-kind piece... in terms of the language of storytelling in virtual reality, it’s really sort of pushing the limits - Craig Gilbert, co-founder, Total Cinema 360
The Lion King is Broadway's first musical to be shot in VR in an interesting feat of storytelling. The 360 video gives the audience a viewpoint, not possible in traditional theatre, and allows them to move around within the performance, view actors and gazelles as they wait in the wings before they burst on stage. The perspective is one that even some actors are not privvy to, such as the steep climb to the top of Pride Rock!