Nominated for the Emmy’s Outstanding Interactive Program 2021 Category, ‘Inside COVID19’ is a first-hand cinematic VR journey into Dr. Josiah Child’s fight for his life as he navigates the viewers through the personal, global and scientific complexities of the pandemic. This highly emotional piece that everyone can relate to in one way or another was created by WisdomVR Project who relied on Mistika VR for the optical flow stitching.
Inside COVID19 is the latest collaboration between award-winning documentary filmmakers Adam Loften and Gary Yost. “Every single shot was stitched in Mistika VR and we could not have delivered the project without it. Mistika VR is fast, reliable and produces very high-quality results,” shared Gary. Produced in stereoscopic 7K 360° video, this immersive experience transports the spectator from hospitals and the streets of San Francisco to the high desert of New Mexico, as we relive the personal journey of Josiah and his family’s fight with the virus.
The extremely tight schedule was one of the biggest challenges for Gary and the team. “Mistika VR was the workhorse that allowed us to be as efficient as humanly possible and stitch over 800 shots in proxy format and then convert them to create 28 minutes of final 6720×6720 stitching with extremely natural stereoscopic imaging. The optical flow control parameters and animated stereoscopic edge points are a dream come true.”
The project is available for free on Oculus TV for the Oculus Quest Platform.
WisdomVR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation creating a living library of immersive cinematic documentary experiences that preserve quickly-disappearing knowledge for generations to come. The foundation has launched ten of these experiences in 2020 and all are available for free on Oculus TV.