• StoryUP

    Watch our story on CBS News

     

  • StoryUP in the News

    VR Pioneers

    NY Daily News

    Virtual Reality Pioneers Give Glimpse of Media's Future

    VR: Why should brands care?

    TedX Como

    Our Ted talk on why brands need to be paying attention to immersive media, living breathing #humanmedia.

    Reynolds Journalism Institute

    Collaboration Culture

    The VR orchestra: StoryUP leads a session on immersive media's value for brands. 

     

    VR Startup Aims to Change Storytelling

    Skyword

    StoryUP thinks bringing an audience face-to-face with the story isn’t enough. These storytellers want to put their audience inside it.

    Case Study: 360 vs. Regular Video

    Media Shift

    Our case study with Magnifyre on 360 video's effect on CPM and CTR.

     

    Honor Everywhere

    KQED

    StoryUP's roots with virtual travel for Veterans

     

  • What is StoryUP VR?

    More than just beautiful images, StoryUP™ is an independent, VR native media company that combines story with immersive media to inspire people to step inside stories. A group of journalists and digital creatives with a social purpose, we believe story is a verb that can provide hope, affect change and influence mindfulness. With 360-degree video, we 'storyup' brands, news outlets, people with disabilities, life coaches, Veterans, survivors and others who need a voice. With our Honor Everywhere program, we also share the magic of virtual reality with people who aren't able to physically travel. StoryUP operates a Journalism studio and a separate brand studio where we create commercial immersive content for devices including Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive & the Hololens. VR consulting, the StoryUP Playhouse, immersive storytelling classes, VR video licensing and valuable partnerships enable our immersive storytellers to give voice to the voiceless with immersive media. These experiences can also be viewed without a headset in the web browser or on mobile . Using Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and even good old fashioned 2D video, StoryUP uses technology as a tool to educate, combat loneliness, foster compassion, healing, and happiness. Combined with positional audio, these immersive video experiences can transport people to places they might not otherwise be able to visit in person. No longer does a video frame confine the viewer. The story is all around us. Let's StoryUP!

  • OUR STORYTELLERS

    SARAH HILL

    SARAH HILL

    CEO & CHIEF STORYTELLER

    SARAH IS A 20 YEAR VETERAN OF THE INTERACTIVE JOURNALISM INDUSTRY. BEFORE STARTING STORYUP, SHE BUILT A SUCCESSFUL TV FEATURE FRANCHISE AND THE WORLD'S FIRST INTERACTIVE NEWS PROGRAM BASED ON GOOGLE HANGOUTS. AN ALUM OF THE MISSOURI SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AND FORMER ADJUNCT FACULTY, SARAH'S REPORTING HAS TAKEN HER TEAM AROUND THE WORLD COVERING STORIES ABOUT THE HUMAN SPIRIT IN VIETNAM, GUATEMALA, SRI LANKA, INDONESIA, AND ZAMBIA. SARAH IS A NATIONAL EDWARD R. MURROW, NATIONAL SIGMA DELTA CHI, NAB SERVICE TO AMERICA AND 12 TIME MID-AMERICA EMMY AWARD WINNING STORYTELLER. A PROFESSIONAL PRANKSTER, DO NOT EAT HER POWDERED DONUTS.

    PAULA ELIAS

    PAULA ELIAS

    DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

    PAULA PIONEERED THE CITIZEN JANE FILM FESTIVAL TO BE ONE OF THE "TOP 25 COOLEST FILM FESTIVALS IN THE WORLD" ACCORDING TO MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE. A 4 TIME ENTREPRENEUR, SHE ONCE RAN FOR SECRETARY OF STATE IN MISSOURI AND IS AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN IN THE SILICON PRAIRIE AS "VR'S SECRETARY OF STATE". AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CITIZEN JANE FILM INSTITUTE AND FESTIVAL, PAULA BUILT STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE FILM INDUSTRY. AN AWARD WINNING MARKETING PROFESSIONAL, SHE HAS MORE THAN 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN RESULTS-ORIENTED BRAND STORYTELLING. AS CEO OF AXIOM, SHE BUILT THE IDENTITIES OF SOME OF MISSOURI'S MOST RECOGNIZED BRANDS.

    Ken Leija

    KEN LEIJA

    VR ENGINEER 

    KEN IS THE GODFATHER OF THE "VON TRAPP FAMILY OF VR". HE AND HIS FAMILY MEMBERS CAN SHOOT, STITCH AND PROCESS VR. AN AWARD WINNING VIDEOGRAPHER AND BRAND STRATEGIST, KEN HAS CAPTURED COMPELLING STORIES FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS. AS VICE PRESIDENT OF AXIOM, HE COMBINED VISUAL STORYTELLING WITH RESULTS DRIVEN STRATEGY. WHEN HE'S NOT CAPTURING FLOODS IN 360 DEGREES, HE'S ON HIS ELDERBERRY FARM. 

    SCOTT SCHAEFER

    SCOTT SCHAEFER

    VIDEOGRAPHER

    15 TIME MID-AMERICA EMMY AWARD WINNING VIDEOGRAPHER AND NATIONAL EDWARD R. MURROW AWARD RECIPIENT. YOU'VE SEEN SCOTT'S WORK ON BLOOMBERG NEWS, E!, NBCSPORTS.COM AND ESPN. AS ADJUNCT FACULTY AT THE MISSOURI SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM, SCOTT TAUGHT VISUAL STORYTELLING IN CHINA. HE'S ALSO A PIANIST, CAKE DECORATOR AND CHAIN SAW SCULPTOR.

    QUANAH LEIJA-ELIAS

    QUANAH LEIJA-ELIAS

    ART DIRECTOR

    Q STUDIED FILM WITH AN EMPHASIS ON SPECIAL EFFECTS AND EDITING IN NEW MEXICO. HE'S ALSO STUDYING GAME DESIGN. IN HIS SPARE TIME, HE RUNS A SCREEN-PRINTING STUDIO FEATURING HIS ORIGINAL WORK. A CLASSICALLY TRAINED ARTIST WITH EXTENSIVE DIGITAL SKILLS, QUANAH BRINGS A UNIQUE AND CREATIVE PROFESSIONALISM TO STORYUP PROJECTS.

  • BRAND STUDIO ~ CONSULTING

     

    LET'S STORYUP!

  • Social Feed

  • HANGOUT HOSTING

    Broadcasts for your Brand

    WHAT IS HUMAN MEDIA?

    Human media = media of the senses where we no longer communicate solely in a text-based, flat world. At KOMU-TV, StoryUP's founder was the first broadcaster to use a Google Hangout on TV to communicate with the audience live on-air. The eye contact that comes with group video chat is a powerful connection to your customer. Let StoryUP host a broadcast for your brand.

  • SARAH'S BLOG

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  • COLLABORATORS

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  • LET'S StoryUP!

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