360 VR art films in The Dark
With so much stuff going on with the 2D to 3D Conversion work I've been amiss in not posting about some of the great projects I've been involved with whilst wearing my VR hat!
I had a really interesting time working with Director Lucas Kao at Tramway on an experimental 360 VR art film for Tramway in Glasgow. Initially shot in 3D 360 Virtual Reality late last year the films are now live on the custom built 360 degree website created by ISO Design.
Lucas' artistic vision presented a few more challenges than usual, aiming to film in darkness using torches for illumination and experimenting with proximity to the camera as well as within the space. In practical terms this meant much 3d shooting was impractical as we had cast members very close to the camera but the creativity Lucas has brought to the final project is astounding.
We shot footage on both the Insta360 Pro 2 (Stereoscopic 8K) and the Kandao Qoocam 8K (Monoscopic 8K) giving Lucas a range of options for his final edit.
The sound design is equally creative with a unique blending of human voices and traditional Shruti Box drones mixed in with a wide array of morphing atmospherics - it's very difficult to describe but is mesmerising to hear.
The immersive content can be seen at https://tramway-portals.online/ or for a limited time you can experience the films in a VR headset onsite at Tramway.
Andrew Murchie is a creative technology consultant based in Edinburgh, Scotland specialising in virtual reality films & 3D. Over the last 5+ years he has produced Virtual Reality films & experiences for clients including NHS, Kimberly-Clark, The UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, Highland Spring, Seafood in Scotland, Pict Offshore and Tennent Caledonian Breweries.