Kalevala. Episodes.

Interactive VR performance

Golden Mask Theater Award 2020

nomination Experiment, Moscow, Russia

Description

“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. 

Kalevala. Episodes  is an interactive VR experience  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.

Festivals and official screenings

Golden Mask Theater Award 2020, nomination Experiment, Moscow, Russia

Open Frame Award, GoEast Film Festival 2019, Wiesbaden, Germany

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

Match Up 2018, Creathon, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland

TheaterVR Days 2019, St. Petersburg, Russia,

Kalevala days 2019, The Finnish Science Center Heureka, Vantaa, Finland

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

Credits

Director – Oleg Nikolaenko
Senior VR developer – Daniil Bakalin
Producer – Elli Niaria
Producer (Karelia) – Natalya Shamray
Sound design, music – Grigory Arkhipov
Consultant – Olga Ogneva
Original soundtrack – Alexander Leonov, Olga Gajdamak (Yarga Sound System), Arto Rinne

Supported by:

KONE foundation
National Theater of Karelia
TINFO
InterLab ry

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Kalevala.Episodes

interactive VR performance

Golden Mask Theater Award 2020

nomination Experiment, Moscow, Russia

Description

“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. 

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.

Festivals and official screenings

Golden Mask Theater Award 2020, nomination Experiment, Moscow, Russia

Open Frame Award, GoEast Film Festival 2019, Wiesbaden, Germany

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

Match Up 2018, Creathon, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland

TheaterVR Days 2019, St. Petersburg, Russia,

Kalevala days 2019, The Finnish Science Center Heureka, Vantaa, Finland

Credits

Director – Oleg Nikolaenko
Senior VR developer – Daniil Bakalin
Producer – Elli Niaria
Producer (Karelia) – Natalya Shamray
Sound design, music – Grigory Arkhipov
Consultant – Olga Ogneva
Original soundtrack – Alexander Leonov, Olga Gajdamak (Yarga Sound System), Arto Rinne

Supported by:

KONE foundation
National Theater of Karelia
TINFO
InterLab ry

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