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IMPACT

Stress: the 21st Century Epidemic

StoryUP creates data-driven VR escapes for areas of acute stress. Using BCI (brain computer interface), we also enable the user to control some experiences with their own brainwaves. We believe immersive media has value not just for entertainment but to help people shift their emotions into quieter states. In one study from Yume, researchers found VR 27% more emotionally engaging than regular flat video.

ABOUT US

Let's StoryUP

StoryUP is a tribe of storytellers, psychologists, developers, filmmakers, audio engineers and technologists. We began in 2015, trying to find a solution for terminally-ill WWII Veterans who were not able to physically travel to see their memorials in Washington, DC. Through honoreverywhere.com, we learned VR appeared to be impacting users’ moods and physiology. In 2016, Dr. Jeff Tarrant and story technologist

Sarah Hill started to study whether VR could be compounded to shift brainwave patterns and whether brainwaves could manipulate assets within a VR environment. Together Dr. Tarrant and Hill hold a provisional patent on VR therapy. StoryUP’s stories encompass a variety of forms from meditations to features using technologies including EEG, HRV, BCI, and neurofeedback.

OUR TEAM

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.

Jim Spencer
Executive Board Chair

Jim Spencer is a media entrepreneur. In 2008, he founded Newsy, which was acquired by Scripps in 2014. Jim's led content and partnerships as VP and GM positions at NBC News, Ask Jeeves and AOL.

Sarah Hill
CEO & CHIEF STORYTELLER

Sarah is a 20 year veteran of the interactive journalism industry. She started StoryUP as a way for aging veterans to be able to experience their memorials. Before VR, 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.

Dr. Jeff Tarrant
Chief Psychologist

Dr. Jeff Tarrant's work utilizes several forms of technology-based therapies including neurotherapy, audio visual entrainment, brain blood flow biofeedback (HEG), and Heart Rate Variability (HRV). Dr. Tarrant creates VR experiences in real video environments and is an expert on mindfulness interventions to rewire the brain at the Neuromeditation Institute which he founded. Check out Jeff's book on Amazon: Meditation Interventions to Rewire the Brain

Angie Mutz
Virtual Communications Coordinator

Angie hails from the insurance industry where she led communications virtually across 6 states. An avid foodie & Star Wars fan, ask her about her "death star waffle maker".  

Kyle Perry
CINEMATOGRAPHER

Kyle's 360 cinematography has captured everything from Mount Elbert to the jungles in northern Haiti. An award winning fixed frame filmmaker, on clear nights you'll find Kyle exploring the night sky with his telescope.

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