The Directors of Virtual Reality Short '11:59' Talk the Challenges of Filming a 360-Degree Experience

"Compared to working with traditional film, filming in 360 makes it impossible to see exactly what you’re doing,” says co-director Sofia Gillström.
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The initial wave of virtual reality entertainment continues with Henrik Leichsenring and Sofia Gillström's horror short, "11:57."

The directors used six GoPro HERO3+ cameras to film the 360-degree experience, where monsters lurk in the dark from every corner for the viewer to experience.

Leichsenring tells Fast Company's Co.Create of the experience of making the film, "It’s very different. The camera sees everything, and that was our first challenge--how can we direct the actors when we can’t be in the room? Another challenge was how we would edit the film without making unnatural cuts from one sequence to another. And the last challenge was how to make sure the viewer looks where they should be looking.”

"Compared to working with traditional film, filming in 360 makes it impossible to see exactly what you’re doing,” Gillström adds. “It’s only after stitching the images from the six cameras together in post that you can see the result of a particular shot, so you have to really make up the story upfront and then hope it translates well to a 360 experience.”

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