Earlier this year we were approached by London based production company The Sweet Shop to produce a virtual reality point of view (POV) experience for Barnardos which was to be accompanied by a 2D piece using footage extracted from the VR film for use on Irish television. The film was to highlight the increasing number of missing and neglected children in Ireland. 360 video was an ideal medium to convey this.

Set in a busy train station, the film sees a mother and her friend (viewer's POV) purchasing train tickets. Only then realising that the mother's daughter Ciara has gone missing. They then search for her before members of the public help the mother and they are eventually reunited.

Barnardos POV VR Experience

Kandao Obsidian S

Upon receiving the brief for this film we knew the best camera for the job would be our Kandao Obsidian S. This camera was vital to the production for a number of reasons:

POV with Live Feed

During the shoot we worked closely with our camera operator/actor to ensure we captured the smoothest footage. This is critical to translate this into a high quality VR experience. The director felt it was important to still have a sense of shakiness captured in camera. This was instead of using a gimbal which would have given an unnatural, robotic look to the footage. It was important from a stitching perspective to limit the amount of head movement to a minimum. Rehearsing the routine multiple times and viewing the footage with Kandao Live preview we were able to determine how best the operator should move around. We also conducted testing of this prior to the shoot. This gave the talent and crew the knowledge of how best to move with the camera.

Barnardos POV VR Experience

We used Kandao Studio, PT Gui, Mistika VR and Adobe After Effects to stitch the footage and post work.

To read more about the project, click this link. To watch the finished pieces, see below:

360 film:

2D television cut:

 

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