If it wasn’t for our content creators, Ascape wouldn’t be able to show users all the wonderful corners of the world. They do important work, and through their lenses, their imagination and our vision for VR travel is perfectly captured and framed. We interviewed Jeremy Sciarappa, one of our content creators. He had plenty to share about his creativity, adventures and insights on VR travel.
Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Jeremy Sciarappa and I love creating video content. I graduated college with a Bachelor's degree in Networking Communications and Management back in 2007. After college I worked as a network test engineer for a few years, but finally realized I needed to get back to my roots. As a kid, my definition of fun was using my dad's home video camera. I would shoot short horror films, comedy skits, me and my friends hanging out, and a bunch of other things. Fast forward to 2015, I'm now a YouTube vlogger and a VR content creator.
How did you get started in VR content creation?
I first came across a 360-degree video back in May of 2015. I immediately said this was something I really need to give a try. I did some research to figure out exactly what I needed to get started. I needed 6 GoPro HERO4 Black cameras, a 360-degree camera mount, and 360-degree stitching software. It was a struggle at first, but with time I was able to learn some tricks. VR is still new, but I can't wait to see where this technology is headed.
What do you enjoy most about creating VR content?
What I love about creating VR content is that it enables you to capture immersive experiences and stories. There are some challenges involved, such as camera placement, synchronization and the stitching process. VR is a whole different league when it comes to video creation. The end result is well worth it.
What do you like about Ascape?
Ascape is an amazing platform which features the best of the best in the VR space. Ascape focuses mainly on travel, and I think travel is definitely one of the top picks when it comes to VR content. The app is very simple to use, and you can experience a whole new world in just a few taps. What sets Ascape apart from other VR platforms is that it rewards its content creators upfront and down the line.
In addition to Ascape, how else do you monetize your VR content?
I currently use several sites to upload my VR content, but the only two that allow for monetization are Ascape and YouTube. Ascape is far more generous when it comes to monetization.
Your New York videos are among Ascape’s most viewed. Why do you think NYC captures the curiosity of so many people?
I think people have a special fascination with New York City due to its diversity. It's a concrete jungle which encapsulates cultures from all around the world. You can walk down one street and be in Chinatown, turn a corner and you're in Little Italy. The city is alive and once you visit either in person, or in VR you'll understand why it's the city that never sleeps.
How do you choose locations for your films, is there anything specific that makes you want to film a place?
I try to bring my 360-degree camera setup whenever I travel. In my VR
Why is VR travel important and necessary?
What makes VR travel unique and different from traditional video, is that a user can strap on a VR headset and instantaneously be in the middle of a jungle, or on a rooftop in New York City. Many people are unable to travel the world either for monetary or personal reasons. VR gives people the opportunity to visit different places around the world while sitting in their home. I also think it's an amazing tool for educational reasons. Now students in school can learn about different countries and cultures in their classroom without taking a field trip thousands of miles away.