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The early entry deadline is November 30, 2017

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

From the 9th Annual Shorty Awards

The Met 360° Project

Winner in Cultural Institution

About this entry

In 2016, The Met's Digital Department used a 360° camera rig to create a series of six short videos featuring iconic spaces at its three locations: The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters.

Our goal? To invite new and existing Met fans to "visit" the Museum's art and architecture in a fresh, immersive way, to engage with the media and The Met, and to tell us what they think!

Why does this entry deserve to win?

One goal for the series was to offer unique perspective. How could The Met take the lead in using this relatively new format to allow viewers to explore with the Museum as never before?

While most producers of 360 video use camera rigs mounted to simple tripods, we chose instead to push creative and technical boundaries. One example of this was how we strung cables across vast galleries, and even across multiple outdoor gardens at The Met Cloisters. This allowed the camera rig to travel high in the air, covering long distances. The resulting video affords viewers a "bird's-eye-view" and the visceral sense that they're flying. We also used a "mantis" or remote-operated robot as a tripod, allowing camera movement on the ground.

Another goal was to share a unique access, one typically unavailable to the public. We removed protective bonnets covering works of art, captured bustling galleries in time-lapse, or the magic of the empty Museum after hours - all to allow viewers to engage with The Met as never before.

Our aim was to create media that is beautiful, immersive, and transporting, media that, like art, communicates beyond language. We therefore commissioned bespoke music, featuring unique sounds such as the actual bell at The Cloisters.

Above all, this series aims to reflect the Museum's lasting mission to inspire global audiences in diverse ways.

Each video is posted to The Met's Facebook page and on our website. All can be watched on an iPhone, computer, or VR headset.

Results

The Likes, Shares, and Comments on the video series on The Met's Facebook page reflect an astonishing and unprecedented level of engagement that dwarfs traditional viewer response to regular videos on the platform. Since it was posted a few months ago, for example, The Great Hall video boasts 2.4M views, 2K Comments, and 23K shares. (As of 2/14/17)

This engagement reflects both lively domestic and international audiences – with comments in multiple languages. The Temple of Dendur video, for example, was particularly popular with Egyptian community. The Met Cloisters video, with its 360 views across the Hudson river and beyond, has enjoyed 48K Likes to date.

We note many comments from visitors for whom the videos trigger family or other deeply personal memories – spanning childhood to old age - and their desire to return to look at familiar spaces more closely. We also heard from those who have never visited but now pledge to do so.

Comments also reflect a fascination with 360 technology and we're pleased that The Met can be appreciated as a leader using it in fresh and imaginative ways.

Media

Video for The Met 360° Project

Produced by

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, YouNow, Musical.ly, and the rest of the social web.

The 10th Annual Shorty Awards will be held in April 2018 in NYC.