Poland VR Project

 
 
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Wow, what can you say about such an amazing opportunity?

For our project, we were tasked with making 2 VR films about the Holocaust. We knew that the environments of the Camps (particularly Auschwitz) would be difficult to capture in a powerful way - there were too many people - so we focused on creating one CGI (computer graphics) experience and one 360-film experience, focusing on Warsaw and Krakow. On the trip we took both 360-video footage (RIP camera #1, that breeze really took you out) and reference photographs for the computer animation. 

Warsaw is such a modern place, and yet the sad and brutal history is conspicuous in its absence. It's hard to describe, and perhaps no words can really articulate what we experienced. Between seeing 3 death / labor camps, meeting Howard (the Survivor on the trip) and hearing his story of survival and escape, we're still processing much of what we felt on the trip. More to come as we finish up production on our first piece, the CGI experience of the Camps.

Thank you to Ralph Vituccio, who brought us on to create this project, and CMU's Dietrich School for making the project possible. We were fortunate to work with Classrooms Without Boarders, a Pittsburgh based organization, who allowed us to tag along with their tour group to Poland. Shout out to the other half of the Media Team, Jose and Danny, and finally thanks to Kuk and Julian who have been working hard with us in post-production to create a powerful final experience.

 

 
Sarabeth Boak