Tiny World Productions — Year in Review: 2017

Conquering bureaucracy & still figuring stuff out

Lakshmi Sarah
2 min readJan 1, 2018

What’d we do this year?

We taught our first class for Berkeley’s Advanced Media Institute in January.

Video produced by the Berkeley Advanced Media Institute

The piece we shot on the Kochi-Muziris Art Biennale in Kerala, India came out in February.

Kochi Biennale, Art Imitating Death: An Artist at Work | The Daily 360 | The New York Times

We showed some of our work at a J360 showcase during SXSW.

We helped review applicants for the Knight-ONA J360 grant asking: How might we use immersive storytelling to advance the field of journalism?

The winners are here. There are some amazing projects to look out for!

We presented on a panel at BinderCon in Los Angeles.

Photos courtesy of BinderCon, LA

We attended Oculus Launch Pad 2017.

(It’s a bit controversial, but an interesting example of how tech companies are attempting to invest in “diversity” initiatives, more here: “Why I Won’t Promote the Oculus Launch Pad Opportunity (But As An Alum, Here Is My Advice To Those Who Get Accepted)”).

We know, super cheesy video. We both have a cameo — so see if you can spot us.

We were on a panel at the Online News Association conference in Washington DC.

We produced content for Rise Up: Be Heard/Fusion Media VR Creator Lab through the YouTube Space Los Angeles on DACA recipients in California.

We had a great intern work with us for the summer. Shoutout to Rachel Cassandra.

We worked on a 360 piece on women in the cannabis industry in Washington State (forthcoming, 2018).

We spoke on a panel for the Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim, CA.

Speaking to Hacks/Hackers at Code for Africa, Nairobi, Kenya 📷: Alsanosi Adam

We got a book contract with Routledge to write on immersive storytelling (expected in 2018) — and, thus far, we’ve interviewed over 20 people and organizations.

Finally, we helped out with a VR hackathon in Naivasha, Kenya. [Shoutouts to Electric South & NBOStorylab] more on the participants here.

Thanks to our network for your support and advice while we grow our production company, navigate bureaucracy and continue our commitment to highlight important stories.

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