Greenland Melting

TUE, JUL 18, 2017

As accessibility to virtual reality and 360 video has increased in recent years, how can we better use these forms of media to tell compelling stories?

FRONTLINE and NOVA, two of PBS’ flagship series produced at WGBH, teamed up to bring a story to life as never before, gaining unique access to NASA scientists as they embarked on an ambitious mission to the heart of the Arctic to seek answers to the question: Why is Greenland Melting?

In partnership with Emblematic Group and X-Rez Studio, and with support from The Knight Foundation, FRONTLINE and NOVA used cutting-edge technology to create a state-of-the-art immersive experience in which viewers stand at the foot of glaciers, go aboard a NASA plane to view the disappearing icy landscape from above, and dive beneath the ocean’s surface to see what NASA’s new studies are revealing about how deep Greenland’s fjords go – and how quickly warming ocean water is melting them.

Carla Borrás, Director of Digital Video for FRONTLINE, and Julia Cort, Deputy Executive Producer for NOVA, discuss the process behind making Greenland Melting using 360° footage, 2D video, photos, videogrammetry, and photo-realistic computer generated imagery.

Photo Credit: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images/ Rolling Stone

+ BIO: Carla Borras

FRONTLINE Managing Director of Digital Video.

+ BIO: Julia Cort

Julia Cort is the Deputy Executive Producer for NOVA, PBS' flagship science series. Since joining the WGBH Science Unit, Julia has contributed to more than 90 films, including Making North America, The Fabric of the Cosmos, Smartest Machine on Earth and Chasing Pluto. She played a key role in developing and producing NOVA’s award-winning sister series, NOVA scienceNOW, and currently serves as executive producer of the new mini-series NOVA Wonders. In her quest to make complex science accessible to all, she has traveled deep underground to investigate the hunt for dark matter, been blindfolded and led to secret diamond-making factories, waded into leech-infested swamps, and attempted to re-create the technological feats of ancient Egyptian engineers. She is a recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award, the National Academies Keck Communication Award, the AAAS Science Journalism Award, the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award, the National Association of Science Writers Science in Society Award and the News & Documentary Emmy.

Photo Credit: American Association for the Advancement of Science

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