The film crew of the Russian Geographical Society traveled across Russia for three months in search of the most beautiful shots. The team visited the Barents sea, the Putorana plateau, Krasnaya Polyana, the Volga delta, the Crimea, the Baikal lake, the Japan sea, Kamchatka. The result is a unique VR-movie.
The movie called Russia. Virtual journey was filmed using 360° spherical video technology. The picture can also be viewed on the project page, according to the Russian Geographical Society’s press office. As conceived by the authors, the film should inspire people to visit the most unusual places in our country.
“In three months of traveling from the west to the east of Russia, the film crew of the Russian Geographical Society covered tens of thousands kilometers and filmed 40 hours of video material. Climbers, pilots, meteorologists and scuba divers helped our documentary filmmakers to obtain cadres”, said the Russian Geographical Society specialists.
When the team filmed the clouds formation on Mount Ai-Petri in the Crimea, the help of climbers was required.
“There is no bad weather. But the crew still needs to wait for good weather. We were very lucky: we managed to shoot the way clouds form in the abyss, rise up and sweep past the camera”, said the film’s director Anton Zhdanov.
On the Putorana plateau, the team was looking for the most beautiful waterfalls.
“Before launching the copter with a camera, they tried to ‘appease’ it a little by playing the jaw harp”, the filmmakers joked.
The most difficult part was filming in the Far Eastern marine reserve. To eliminate the effects of light refraction in water, a cascade of cameras similar to a sea urchin was constructed for underwater spherical photography.
The premiere of the film took place in Moscow’s Zaryadye Park during the 6th Festival of the Russian Geographical Society in the most unusual cinema in the country. The film was shown on a five meters high spherical screen. The screen seemed to envelop the audience, as if they were watching the movie from the inside. The presence effect was created without special glasses.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Alexandra Zhmutskaya and Andrey Kamenev