The Man on Spire: 360 Video

The man on Spire  is a video that consist of a mountaineer who climbs the spire of the the World Trade Center. This video took place in of course, New York City. Throughout the duration of the video you can see the mountaineer climbing the spire along with being able to view all of New York City while doing so. Along with the mountaineer was filmmaker and photographer Jimmy Chin who was able to capture this amazing experience.

Throughout this piece, I think it was extremely successful. As a lot of people are scared of heights, this was an opportunity for people to see first hand someone tackle something that most would never do in their lifetime. Along with this 360 VR video, not only do you get the change to witness the professional mountaineer take on this task but you get to see the sunrise and sunset of the city the we may know as, “never sleeps”. Along with this 360 view you get to see someone climb one of the tallest buildings in the United States, remember, ONE of the tallest, not the tallest.

One of the unique ways in how the story is told in this prospective is how the 360 video didn’t begin straight from when the guy was climbing up the spire. But, the video started when the guy was on the ground in front of the world trade center. The guy was sizing up the building and getting ready which leads to the finishing of this 360 video in how the guy accomplished the things that he did accomplish throughout the day from start to finish.¬† So with that being said, there was a beginning, middle and an end.

Throughout the 360 video you can hear the mountaineer and filmmaker/photographer having casual conversations. From the conversations you can pick up on a little emotions evolving from the mountaineer but it wasn’t necessarily scared or frightening emotions¬† With this video, it would be labeled as more so location driven long with experience driven based off of the mountaineers experience and how he is a professional at climbing mountains, even though this was something unordinary for him to climb. Weaknesses of this story in my opinion came with the transition scenes from coming off of the ground and onto the spot of where they began to climb the spire. If the transitioning scene could’ve been a little more smoother than I personally think things would’ve been perfect at that point in regards to telling this story. Overall, there wasn’t any tension amongst the people featured in this 360 video but more so the individuals knew that they had to work together to make sure that they are all safe to get to the top. One of the things that really amazed me is how clear and concise the video was when it came to capturing everything that the filmmaker/photographer did. Not only that, but how was the filmmaker/photographer was able to continuously climb the spire along with the mountaineer and all of the camera equipment he had to utilize to to capture everything.



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