Cinematic VR experience

“Warsaw Rising” is the first feature film in Poland executed in the virtual reality (VR) technology. It tells a story based on the fate of one of Warsaw insurgents, Capt. Władysław Sieroszewski alias “Sabała”, who received a note with a prayer from his daughter when he was leaving to fight in the Uprising in August 1944. At the time, he did not know yet that the note would influence his further fate. The theme of the film is based on real events that still exist today in the memory and hearts of all Poles – in Poland and abroad. It is also a film that in a very attractive and innovative way shows the culture, valor and temperament of Poles, all those who would like to learn more about Poles and Polish history.
Numerous films have already been made about the Warsaw Uprising, yet nobody has ever used the virtual reality technology to talk about those events.
As the director, Tomasz Dobosz, says, we no longer have to imagine what we would have done if we had lived in those times. We feel our physical presence in that time and place, which – given the right sensitivity – enables us to feel what choices we might have made. Watching a scene of guerrilla fighting, do we feel like hiding or joining the battle? Seeing Warsaw destroyed by the war, do we feel sadness or anger? Thanks to the fact that VR can deceive the human brain in terms of experiencing presence in the given place, we can come a little closer to answering these questions.
The VR technology makes it possible to experience the virtual space “here and now”.
A combination of stereoscopy, an imaging technique creating or enhancing the illusion of depth and distance for binocular vision, and ambisonic sound lets the viewers experience immersion – the impression of becoming submerged in the image. Thanks to special goggles, virtual reality deceives human senses, enabling viewers to move into a different space, to enter a role with their entire self.
Director: Tomasz Dobosz
Screenplay: Tomasz Dobosz, Mariusz Laszuk ( VRhereos Studio)
DOP: Marcin Magiera
Sound director: Kamil Sajewicz (Stereotyp Studio)
Postproduction: Przemysław Drosik  (Locomotive Studio)
Stage design: Joanna Gruszecka, Dorota Cichońska (Demolka Sisters)
Costumes: Margarita Barska
Editing: Dominik Greinert, Yakiv Komarynsky
Cast: Mirosław Haniszewski, Tomasz Ziętek, Agata Różycka, Tomasz Solich, Zacharjasz Muszyński
Production: National Center for Culture, VR Heroes
Producers: Rafał Wiśniewski, Mariusz Laszuk 
NCK & VR Heroes
You can see the movie wiithin the VR section Kort Film Festival

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