Project Description

Interactive VR performance

Interactive VR performance

Kalevala.Episodes

“Kalevala.Episodes” is based on the stories of the Finnish-Karelian mythological epos and folklore.
This is a 40 minutes fantasy immersive trip into mysterious worlds of Kalevala heroes, ancient culture and atmosphere made using modern vision and sound technology, 3D 360 video, volumetric capture and interactive scenes.

Kalevala is an utterly mystical, surrealistic space of the ancient epos, where Christian culture and the spirit of paganism are mixed and coexist so far.
Using electronic sound design and virtual tools we create a modern VR story of Kalevala.
The viewer is immersed not only in a entirely new space and culture, but also in a new kind of virtual experience and storytelling.

We use our own technology to embed stereoscopic video into 3D environment. Due to this we can see real actors in virtual scenery. 

The work on the project took us 6 months. During the first 3 months the script, storyboard, music and soundtrack were prepared, 3D videos were tested, three-dimensional scenes and actors’ sets were designed.

Then, within 3 days the actors were shot in Karelia. On the first day several scenes were captured with Insta360 Pro camera in the actual location of the ancient Volcano Girvas.

On the stage of National Theatre of Karelia a chroma key studio was installed and 2 more days of shootings took place there. Storyboards for the 3D scenes had been developed with Unity where we now added exact descriptions of all shooting angles, mise-en-scène and camera setup. After that the footage was edited and integrated into the 3D scenes with animations, special effects and lights. Assembling and post-production took another 3 months.

Kalevala. Episodes  is an interactive VR experience (LBE — Location Based Entertainment) available on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. For hand tracking we use the Leap Motion controller. It allows the viewer to move around in virtual space and interact with objects. And the most important is that the viewer feels immersed in the story, surrounded by the events and the characters.

We also have a “lite” version – a 25 minute long 3D360 video capture of the interactive project. Available on Oculus Go, Pico 2 and GearVR.

SPECIFICATIONS
FORMAT

Interactive:
LBE (6DOF) Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Duration 40 min

              

 

Video 3D360:
Oculus Go Samsung GearVR Pico 2
Duration 25 min

LANGUAGE

Finnish/North-Karelian

SUBTITLES

English Russian

SPECIFICATIONS
FORMAT

Interactive:
LBE (6DOF) Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Duration 40 min

Video 3D360:
Oculus Go Samsung GearVR Pico 2
Duration 25 min

LANGUAGE

Finnish/North-Karelian

SUBTITLES

English Russian

Festivals and official screenings.

Special award – International Theater Festival LIFT, Petrozavodsk, Russia, 2018.

Match Up, Creathon, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland, 03.12.2018.

TheaterVR Days, St. Petersburg, studio Videofabrika, Russia, 9 – 10.02.2019

Kalevala days, The Finnish Science Center Heureka, Vantaa, Finland – 28.02 – 01.03.2019

Official selection, Open Frame Award, GoEast Film Festival, Wiesbaden, Germany – 12-16.04.2019

Helsinki Central Library OODI, VR Days in cooperation with Videofabrika, St.Petersburg, Russia – 18-19.05.2019

Festivals and official screenings.

Special award – International Theater Festival LIFT, Petrozavodsk, Russia, 2018.

Match Up, Creathon, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland, 03.12.2018.

TheaterVR Days, St. Petersburg, studio Videofabrika, Russia, 9 – 10.02.2019

Kalevala days, The Finnish Science Center Heureka, Vantaa, Finland – 28.02 – 01.03.2019

Official selection, Open Frame Award, GoEast Film Festival, Wiesbaden, Germany – 12-16.04.2019

Helsinki Central Library OODI, VR Days in cooperation with Videofabrika, St.Petersburg, Russia – 18-19.05.2019

 

CREDITS

Director
Oleg Nikolaenko

Tech Lead
Daniil Bakalin

Producer
Elli Niaria

Producer (Karelia)
Natalya Shamray

Sound design, music
Grigory Arkhipov

Consultant
Olga Ogneva

Original soundtrack
Yarga Sound System
Alexander Leonov, Olga Gajdamak

Arto Rinne

Supported by:

KONE foundation
National Theater of Karelia
TINFO
InterLab ry

Making of

 

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