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First-ever documentary shoot with a 360 video camera?

Guest Blogger Katerina Cizek is a Czech-Canadian documentary-maker, working across many and any media. She created and realized the webby-award winning landmark project Filmmaker-in-Residence at the National Film Board of Canada. Before that, she co-directed a documentary with Peter Wintonick

Guest Blogger Katerina Cizek is a Czech-Canadian documentary-maker, working across many and any media. She created and realized the webby-award winning landmark project Filmmaker-in-Residence at the National Film Board of Canada. Before that, she co-directed a documentary with Peter Wintonick called SEEING IS BELIEVING, which examined the social and political uses of new technologies. She is now in production for another experimental  new media project at the NFB, called HIGHRISE. Over the next few months, she will blog for us here, updating us about her experiments and collaboration with the dutch new tech film YellowBird, whom she met at IDFA DocLab 09.

360 video still

Above is the screen grab of our late November test shoot with Dutch new tech company Yellowbird in suburban Amsterdam. We were testing YB’s 360 camera. It’s like google streetview but video: Its a camera with 5 lenses. With special software, the 5 images are stitched together into a sphere, and in the special video player, you can use your mouse click around 360 degrees within the image. Check out their showreel.
We filmed with upcoming hiphop artist Zanillya, in the Bijlmermeer apartment she was raised in by her father, the lead singer of Boney M.
The shoot is for our project in production, Out My Window, a web-doc that will feature interesting highrise residents from around the world. Residents will show and tell us what they see out their windows and invite us into their homes. We’ll see views from the global highrise. The site will be built out of photography, audio, text and in a few select places, video. We are testing to see if we can integrate yellowbird’s 360 approach into the project, and (crossed fingers) its looking do-able!
Out My Window is the first iteration of our multi-year, trans-media documentary project called HIGHRISE, about the human experience in global vertical suburbs. We will use the acclaimed interventionist and participatory approaches of the award-winning National Film Board of Canada’s Filmmaker-in-Residence (FIR) project. Our scale will be global, but rooted firmly in the FIR philosophy – putting people, process, creativity, collaboration, and innovation first.
Check out our pre-site, highrise.nfb.ca for the trailer and news, and for more deets on the research the concept and the plan, check out highrise.nfb.ca/prologue
Big shout-outs to Caspar Sonnen of IDFA DocLab for setting us up with YellowBird, Graeme and Brendan of ERA Architects in Toronto and Gordon of Zo Cultuur in Holland for getting us connected in the amazing Bijlmermeer.