Fly view Paris is an installation of jetpacks VR located at the center of Paris, next to the place de l’Opéra. inaugurated at 2017 and still receiving hundreds of visitors each day. The project gives you the opportunity to fly over all the important monuments of Paris at 360°.
The actual 360° film was made in 2015 with many challenges. I was very lucky to be part of the production team as 360° camera operator, post-production and a VR consultant.
Producteur & Réalisateur Arnaud HOUETTE, Chefs de projet Patrick BESENVAL, Sonia CLEMENT, 1er assistant réalisateur Xavier DOUIN, 2e assistante réalisateur Coline MORAND, 3e assistant réalisateur Marc BOUBLI, Casting Figuration Virginie ROCCHIETTA, Anne-Bénédicte THIAM, Directeur de Production Bernard BERCERON, Administrat. de Production Nelly BESSE-GOUGAY, Régisseur Général Bruno SESTI, Régisseuse Adjointe Valérie COMET, Assistant Régisseur Adjoint Mikaël DELEAU, Hugues DAVEZAC, Guéric HOUETTE, Accessoiriste de plateau Frédéric CASELLAS, Conseiller Technique 360° Patrice GARLOT, Opérateurs 360° Olivier GEORGES, Michael KOLCHESKY, Data Manager Martin LOPEZ, Monteuse Pré-stiching Michael KOLCHESKY, Chef Machiniste Jean CHESNEAU, François PERRAULT- ALIX, Machiniste Grégoire BENZAQUEN, Technicien Grue Philippe MOURIER, Responsable et conseiller Technique Luc POULLAIN, Pilote Benjamin COLLETTE, Opérateur tête Gerome IACHKINE, Télépilote Cyril BARBANCON, Télépilote Claude TARDY, Pilote Drône Charel FABRY, Assistant technique Vincent DELMONT.
I had the privilege to be invited to participate as a speaker at the Laval Virtual 2019 event, that is one of the biggest VR/XR and high technologies event in France and Europe.
Here is some of the schedule of the 2019 event:
Speaker in a panel about VR ception with one of the most influential persons on the VR/XR world – Charles NDUKA and Gaël SEYDOUX , moderated by Benjamin DE WIT from VR days commission.
Immersion a brain effect or is it more? “Immersion”, a new magical but the often meaningless word. What is immersion today? What are the benefits for users and how to “make it better”? Do we need ultra-realism, perfect UX, amazing storytelling, all of it? Is it mandatory to cheat the human brain or could we use a shortcut? This session will help you understand what matters … and what doesn’t.
¨The past and the future of 360 Photo and Video – from niche to mainstream¨
Michael Kolchesky presented an overview of 360 VR Imagery history: ¨From niche to mainstream¨, the evolution of camera manufacturers, program developers, and workflow techniques used for 360 imagery from its start to now.
The tools of creating 360 VR imagery has developed radically, and there have been many technical changes for creating new interactive, immersive era. Understanding where it all began – with examples and personal experiences of 360 VR imagery – will help explain where 360 VR photo and video is going and show possible future uses of these media types.
World VR Forum #WVRF18
Annual summit – Switzerland
June 7-9 2018
Each year IVRPA held a professional conference in a different city around the globe.
For 2018 Tokyo was chosen. 13th annual Conference was feature 4 days of talks, workshops, panels, exhibitors and other events.
The Conference was held at the Miraikan – National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
One of the missions of the director board is to help to organize the event, this year (2018) Michael Kolchesky was chosen to be the speaker manager and collect more than 39 speakers and 11 professional workshops.
As part of the event, Michael Kolchesky also participates in a panel with the most influential leaders in the VR industry.
Nancy Eperjesy, Mettle co-founder moderate the panel on the future of 360 videos and photo with Alexandre Jenny Kolor – Gopro, Luca-Nicolò Vascon, Gerda Leopold – AMILUX FILM, Maheen Sohail – Facebook, Gerda Leopold – AMILUX FILM and Michael Kolchesky – Visual Solutions 360.
Alexandre Jenny Kolor – Gopro
Kolor Founder, Senior Director Immersive Media Solutions at GoPro Mining engineer, DEA graduate in Material Physics, with 5 years of expertise in the development of video games and member of the Georges Mélies Photo Club, Alexandre Jenny is passionate about photography. It is this passion that led him to develop the Autopano software.
Maheen Sohail – Facebook
Maheen Sohail is a Product Designer at Facebook working on immersive media and Social VR. She is passionate about democratizing virtual reality and bringing these experiences to the masses. As a filmmaker herself, she is most interested in the potential of immersive storytelling. Prior to Facebook, Maheen worked at Electronic Arts as a UX Designer.
Luca-Nicolò Vascon is an immersive imaging pioneer, he designs and develops visual content, specializing in virtual reality technologies. He is active in R&D, keeping workshops in various universities since 2003.
Gerda Leopold – AMILUX FILM
Gerda Leopold produced and directed CARROUSEL in 2014, a 360° feature film and BALLAVITA in 2017/18 a cinematic , stereoscopic VR-film. Gerda has a background in Fine Arts, worked as a painter and had numerous exhibitions in Europe and the USA. In 2014 she started her production company AMILUX FILM in Vienna, Austria, focusing on new ways of immersive storytelling. AMILUX FILM also developed a VR cinema which can host up to 70 people, the CINEMA XR.
Michael Kolchesky – Visual Solutions 360
Michael Kolchesky is CEO of Visual Solutions 360° and Vice president of IVRPA (International Virtual Reality Professionals Association), She holds a degree in Photography and Visual Arts from Musrara Nagar Academy in Jerusalem (2005-2007) and a diploma from the Art Institute of Atlanta, US (2003). From 2012 she has been based in Paris, France and has collaborated on large-scale projects around the globe as a VR technical consultant, 360 VR camera operator, and a VR post-production expert. She has contributed to over 30 cinematic VR projects and worked as a 360 panoramic imaging technical expert for over 10 years. Speak English, Spanish, French and Hebrew. IVRPA Director member board from 2017
Since 2014 I had been specialized at shooting interior cars, of course at 360°.
You can ask yourself why is shooting interior cars is more complicated than other 360° panoramic photography, the reason is the size and the proximity of the subject to the camera that makes a challenge to get the perfect stitched panorama. Adding to this challenge that you need to shoot more than 30 interior cars + exterior car show and deliver it within 48 hours. Mayne of may collages will say it impossible, but with the right technique and the right team, you can achieve everything (without sleeping much of course).
I had the chance to be the 360° photographer and team manager of all worldwide salon, I had traveled to shoot the BMW, MINI and Rolls Royce at various countries as my own town, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Beijing, London, and Los Angeles.
As well as shooting the famous 100 Years of BMW show with the exceptional concepts- cars, I had the chance to be one of the speakers at IVRPA 2016 Prague professional conference and showcase the challenges those projects had and how to overcome the obstacles on the technical issues those projects can aport on.
As without a good team and persons who support and be with you nothing is doable, I want to have a huge thanks to my best team members: Jürgen schrader and Jann Lipka that support and help me with their great talent and professionality.