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Behind the scenes of a VR shoot

behind the scenes

Moviemaking is an art that’s greatly evolved over the years. But 360o VR shoots are a unique type of moviemaking that require a sophisticated level of artistry and skill. Imagine operating a camera that captures everything around the set at once, and all the challenges that might go along with that: getting production crew out of the way, recording 360o sound, mastering the lighting. Accordingly, the makers of 360o VR movies — immersive Content Specialists (ICRs) — are hybrids of filmmakers, instructional designers and UX experts. Here’s a quick overview of how they and their team get it done.

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Like a traditional movie, it all starts with a script, a director and actors…

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Except that you are now shooting at 360° and your camera has six lenses

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The script is the blueprint for what the case and crew do on set and is referenced at all times

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But unlike traditional sets, the lighting setup is not just about ambiance. It also ensures the learner’s eye is drawn to the right part of the 360° scene.

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Solutions architects partner with learning specialists to ensure the final content delivers on learning objectives.

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Actors need to adapt to the six-lens camera, so we put a green smiley as a reference point for where actors should make eye contact.

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The ambisonic microphone attached to the tripod captures audio from all directions from the same position as the camera.

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Outside the shoot, the crew uses a table to check the six distinct perspectives.

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Our crew members constantly communicate via earpieces and walkie talkies on set.

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During post-production, color cards become essential for calibrating the exposure and coloring of each video.

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