VRability is the first Russian non-profit project that combines the possibilities of film and virtual reality to achieve an important social goal.The creative group behind the project consists of professionals in documentary film-making, social advertising and organizing/developing complex technical filming solutions. We use unique 360-degree filming technology and virtual reality glasses playback (VR 360) to motivate people with disabilities be more active in real life by letting them experience new virtual experiences.
The project works on changing attitudes towards people with disabilities and developing innovative technological solutions for social problems.
VRability is the first Russian documentary virtual reality project created with the use of 360-degree video for the purpose of helping solve social problems. It is also the first project in the world that presents the surrounding environment in VR 360-degrees from the perspective of someone in a wheelchair.
A series of both full-length VR-films and independent VR-experiences will be available via smartphone apps, online on our website, and on special VR-playback equipment.
We hope that our project will:
- motivate people with disabilities to find out more about social and sports activities available to them; to explore the world and new interesting places that are accessible by both people with or without disability.
- create opportunities for the psychological and emotional rehabilitation of people with recent traumas and those temporarily or continuously suffering from loss of mobility, especially those who require not only physical rehabilitation and help adapting to new life conditions, but emotional support as well.
- will allow a wide audience to become closer acquainted with the world of someone in a wheelchair and their limitless abilities through the immersion effect (total immersion) and/or watching our project's films and shorts.
The VRability team is open to production proposals for commercial VR 360 films and shorts. Proceeds from our commercial activities will be used for implementing and developing our non-profit project for people with disabilities.
We invite organizations that work with people with disabilities, as well as commercial and social services to participate in the project and help us reach our common goal of creating a more comfortable and accessible environment for everyone.
We invite both organizations of persons with disabilities, as well as commercial and social services to participate in a project to create a more comfortable environment consisting of all the people.
VR Film Festivals, Distrubution and monetisation of 360 content Georgy Molodtsov's lecture on VR film festivals, distribution and monetisation of 360 content at Samsung Galaxy S8 Studio on May 28, 2017
How to learn 360 filmmaking? Useful books/guides/cources/links available online
Winter camp for leaders with disabilities immersed into VR again VRability met again with the leaders ROOI Perspective and plunged more than 30 participants of the winter camp in a virtual reality: parachuting, hang-gliding, playing tennis in a wheelchair, figure skating and downhill skiing with Dream Ski - all these guys were able to experience not leaving the room!
Dream Ski enters the virtual world Вы можете себе представить, как человек, который не может ходить, катается на горных лыжах?
Это звучит невероятно, поэтому лучше всё увидеть своими глазами. И самое главное, для этого не нужно никуда ехать или даже выходить из дома. Сегодня технологии будущего позволяют любому человеку оказаться на горнолыжном склоне в виртуальной реальности.
Мы использовали VR для того, чтобы рассказать и показать, как именно работает программа «Лыжи мечты».
VR-experiences are independent VR360-shorts created with participation of people with disabilities. These experiences place the viewer in a particular situation and allow him or her to УliveФ it with the experience's participants. The shorts are currently available online on video-hosting sites that support VR-content playback on regular computers.
The shorts posted on our Youtube channel can also be enjoyed on your smartphone.
Georgy Molodtsov – director, producer, project's creative director. Creative director at “Social Advertising Laboratory”, vice-president of the Documentary Film and Television Guild, selection committee member at the Moscow International Film Festival.
Microelectronics engineer. Works with the largest TV and film studios on technical shoots development and organization.
Dmitry Agutin – producer, co-director, cameraman.<br> In his relatively short career, Dmitry has already worked with such studios as Bazelevs (Timur Bekmambetov), Universal Studios, and Masterskaya Film company. Worked on over 10 documentary films, including “The President” (2015).
Name: Maksim Kiselev
Date of birth: 27.10.1990
Place of birth: Mogilev, Belarus
Film about Maxim Kiselev in 360 VR:
Maksim Kiselev's father was in the military and worked on damage control and recovery after the Chernobyl disaster in 1987. At two years old, Maksim became very ill and could no longer walk. The family moved from Chernobyl region to Khabarovsk, where Maksim underwent lengthy medical treatment, including a number of operations. In 1998 he moved to Moscow. He graduated from high school with honors, and in 2014 graduated magna cum laude from the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sports, Youth and Tourism.
Maksim dreamt of taking dance lessons. But because of his health problems, he decided to take up wheelchair dancing. Competing wasn't on his mind at the time - it was important for him to undergo social and physical rehabilitation through dance. 2007 became a turning-point year in the young athlete's life – the first time Maksim really showed himself as a potential athlete. His first large competition was the Eurasia Wheelchair Dance Championship, where Maksim made it to the finals. Since then, he's won multiple Russian and international dance championships, and received the International Philanthropy award for outstanding achievements among people with disabilities in arts and culture.
Since January 2010, he is the first and only athlete in the world who does pairs wheelchair dancing on ice. He was awarded a special “Surpassing Yourself” prize by the Figure Skating Federation of Russia. In 2011, Maksim became interested in wheelchair tennis, a field in which he has also been quite successful. Another one of his hobbies is photography.
He participated in Evgeniy Pluschenko's show “Ice Kings”. In 2008, he acted in “Weapons” TV series.
Maksim tries to use his successes to attract children and young people with disabilities to dance and other sports. It's important for him to show that physical limitations do not limit one's creativity. We, people with disabilities, have limitless creative potential. An illness is not a reason to give up, it's just a slightly different lifestyle.
Sport is a way to realize one's potential, both in sports and social work. It helps develop a will to win and a desire to work on yourself and your own physical well-being. He lives by the motto: “Limited physical ability is a stepping stone to unlimited creative potential and achievement”. “Invasport” - sport for people with disabilities – is sport without limitations.
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