“When creating “Immersive Combat”, we wanted to push the boundaries of cinematic VR – to show the true power of the medium. But we had to fight the limitations of VR by introducing fully stabilized cameras - and it's a game-changer for the user-experience
San Francisco, California (PRWEB) August 04, 2016
The first-ever, 360-degree action series immerses viewers in the heart of combat as Kung Fu, Muay Thai and Medieval Combat world champions battle it out in the worlds of Vikings and pirates, steampunk and cyberpunk. The Spherica production team is set to release more than a dozen live-action VR films in 2016. The series is one of unrivaled complexity and a first for the VR industry, having been filmed with a revolutionary, fully stabilized, moving 360 camera which creates more engaging storytelling and provides a perfect user experience.
Spherica’s innovative proprietary technology brings smooth camera movement to VR filmmaking, which creates never-before-seen, 360-degree stabilized footage from a moving camera that is mounted on a drone or rover. The hardware has the potential to immerse the viewer in the film to a degree impossible with the industry-standard static mount. Road to VR, one of the industry’s leading publications, detailed the impact Spherica’s hardware could have on VR filmmaking. “Ultimately, such effective stabilization could mean more camera mobility for VR film directors who have had to try to adapt to totally static camera placements.” This increased mobility created by the hardware-stabilized rig, coupled with the natural and more comfortable user experience the hardware also provides, enables the VR filmmaking industry to bring cinematic VR storytelling to the next level of audience engagement.
Spherica is an independent VR production studio based in San Francisco. Founded by a small team of VR enthusiasts, Spherica aims to push the boundaries of cinematic VR and to show the potential of virtual reality filmmaking when it is unrestricted by the limitations of static 360 cameras. Spherica’s unique 360 filming technology has been tried and tested in multiple VR projects, produced in collaboration with industry leaders, including the Associated Press and HuffPost RYOT. The VR film “Artist of Skid Row," produced by RYOT and Spherica, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
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