Making of Hidden Cities – Dublin In The Dark

Here is a behind the scenes video I made for a UK company called Visualise. They are a very interesting company who specialise in virtual reality, 3D, and 360 degree video. Something which is becoming more and more popular these days. The technology is so readily available that you can now view YouTube videos with this technology built in. It even works on mobile and tablet.

The project was filmed in conjunction with the Financial Times, and was part of their ‘Hidden Cities’ series. Other cities they filmed included Brussels, London and Rio De Janeiro. All of which can be found on the Hidden Cities website and via YouTube. Beautiful 360 degree 3D views can be seen of each city.

The Dublin episode was called ‘Dublin in the Dark’. It features 3D, 360 degree footage shot around Dublin. When viewing, by simply left clicking on the video, and scrolling left/right/up/down, the viewer and can get a full 360 degree point of view of each scene. The video is narrated by crime writer Tana French. You can view the video below this article.

Scenes vary from 360 degree drone footage above the Poolbeg towers,  to 360 degree footage of the Old Library at Trinity College, The Hellfire Club at Montpelier Hill, Goldenbridge Cemetery, The Winding Stair Bookshop and Mulligans Pub.

To achieve this effect, they used some of the most current technology out there. This included a camera provided by Google called ‘The Jump System’. They also had a camera system which they designed themselves. Drone footage was also taken which was documented in the behind the scenes video above, attaching the camera provided by Google to the bottom of the drone.

It was a great shoot to work on,  with a great team of talented people. It was also great to work on something so technologically advanced. I have no doubt that we will only see more of this technology as both time and technology moves forward.

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