SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity
Atticus Digital thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of creating this dramatic VR experience for SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity. We were lucky to have Stuart Rideout from Ridley Scott Associates onboard as director and the original concept was devised by our youngest team member, Josh Marshall, who worked on the project from beginning to end.
The 360˚ spatial audio designed by Nicholas Davies from Hoot Studios, brings another dimension to the experience and helps to really immerse the user in the world of the veteran. Although it is best viewed in a VR headset, it works extremely well on web, Facebook and YouTube and is still great on mobile devices. Atticus values the work SSAFA is doing and wishes them every success with the Invisible Enemy campaign.
The technical and creative teams had to face a number of challenges during this project. The camera rig attached to a fast-moving soldier is not an ideal scenario for stitching footage from multiple cameras together. This would not only be problematic for stitching but also stabilization, as shaky 360˚ footage viewed in a headset can induce motion sickness.
360˚ video parallax issues can be challenging, especially when there are objects or people close to the camera rig, creating visible seams. We also had to remove the camera rig, tripod, and helmet from each scene, as well as shadows and in some shots even the production team!
Atticus has a very experienced post-production team, experts in dealing with 360˚ videos and VR. We were able to adaptively stitch each scene and also used advanced tracking and masking techniques, to minimise stitching problems. 360˚ tracking and stabilization software to allowed the experience to be as smooth as possible and enabled us to add CGI and post effects such as the Chinook helicopter.