World VR Forum #WVRF18 – Masterclass

¨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

IVRPA 2018 Tokyo conference

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
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
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Michael Kolchesky also was orginazing the first VR space programme for the IVRPA Tokyo event. it included VR films from all around the world, some winners of big prises at international festival, there were screen on Pico headsets, Vive and Oculus Rift.
we had the hounr also to have the AR book ¨Alice¨ by Galit Ariel.
#VR space program

BMW 360° Project

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.


Desperados project at VR AR technologies

With collaboration with DV group the project, AR/VR takes at 2015 a very big step at the future of publicity and the use of the new technologies to attack and make the product innovated, interactive and attractive.
You need to download the Desperados app
¨Desperados la version augmented 2017¨
, then to use the camera phone to center the real product, then the magic happens when the AR animation take place and cover the real botel, then you have several steps in the app that lead you to a VR time-lapse experience of the artist that was making his shape inside a cube for 4 days, then the artist use paintbrush of the VIVE application to add more interactive to his real creation, and for last you have the making of all layers that makes this app very innovated and show the multiplay uses of the Virtual/Augmented reality use.

YSL backstage 360 clip

At 2016 we shoot a 360 clip for YSL at one of the abandone historic houses of
Nicolae Ceaușescu  a few kilometers from Bucharest. the 360° clip was one of the few productions taking place at the same place with different publicity agencies for the YSL new men perfume.
At the scene there was installation inside the old historic Hammam and swimming pool, dancers, decoration and other cinema installation took place, the 360° shoot was made with 2 Sony A7S with the 250mm Entiyana fisheye lens, back to back VR shooting.


Jerusalem photo exhibition in Ermua, Basque, Spain

Michael Kolchesky was invited by the City all of Ermua to exhibit a large photo exhibition in the main gallery of Ermua city hall, the exhibition subject was Jerusalem.
Michael shows some of her earliest worked make by an analogic cameras, some original hand made prints at black and white and some other new experiments of use of the photography line a large 70×70 3 printed photo roman telling the story of The Big Shuraki that is a lonely musician trying to make a living at Jerusalem with a French romantic Hebrew melodies that no one seem to listen.
More panoramic prints of the separation wall and some common holy sights seasons in the old city of Jerusalem.
Michael was also been interviewed to the Basque radio station as well as publised her exhibition at the Local newspaper.

The swindle magazine LA publications

At 2012 Michael Kolchesky worked and published for swindle magazine (LA), she had an assignment by the writer Anne Keehn to photographe one of the most famous artist musician in Israel and Palestine.


Fashion photoshoot

At 2012 Michael Kolchesky woked a few years as a proffesional photographer in Madrid, Spain, publish in some major mazazines and Spanish newspapers as well as worked for Fashion photosho models.
Designer : Carmen Halftter
Jewelry designer : Lia Terni

Las fiestas de Santa tecla 360+ project 2009-2010

At 2009 I was invited by the City hall of Tarragona and by the art director and photographer Pep Escoda to participate in the photographic project about the festival : ¨Las Fiestas de Santa tecla¨one of the most important festivals in the Catalunia region, that all the town and villages around practice and prepare all year long for 8 full days of activities.
I choose to photograph at 360° the festival and to city hall gave me a large space to do an exhibition at 2010, the exhibition included interactive 360° HDR images, printed 100×50 panoramas and 50×50 collages, Time-lapse video projection.
The exhibition was shown as well at 2012 at Madrid catalunia center of art.
Michael Kolchesky was included at the Book with other 5 chosen photographer around the globe by Pep Escoda to publish their work about the festival.

2010 Exhibition for Tarragona City hall

2012 Exhibition ¨Las Fiestas de Santa Tecla¨ ,Madrid

Art and Apathy

Art and Apathy is an exploration of political art in Israel, woven together through visual compositions with courageous underground voices and mainstream artists treading the edges of controversial political conversations.
Stills photography by Michael kolchesky:
Winner of BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM at Tribeca Film Festival in 2008. The cultural impact of Israeli society’s militarization has both challenged and stifled the cultivation of creativity in the country. Mandatory Service asks a series of often ignored questions about how forced military service – and resistance to it – influences Israeli artists’ efforts to re-civilize the consciousness of Israeli society.
Directed by Jessica Habie
Produced by Nirah Shirozipour

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