Experience human-size kaleidoscope,infinite reflections, strobes, colors and music.

Prismatic was my first independent project after leaving my position as Creative Director at Autofuss and Google in 2015. It has begun  as a proof‑of‑concept animatic for a larger, practical set I am currently developing. Soon though it took life on its own as a self-standing animation I am happy to share with you here.

I designed the space to create an illusion of never-ending stage while using a set only a few paces across. Drawing inspiration from children’s kaleidoscopes, I created a system of large mirrors and lights, infinitely illuminating and reflecting one another. The lights themselves were then carefully sequenced and choreographed to the sound of EDM glitch-hop track composed by acclaimed demoscene musician, h0ffman.

Rendered using a custom-built QubaVR stereoscopic capture and stitching rig, Prismatic is an audio-visual treat, that will make you feel present in its colorful, abstract, virtual environment.

Rendered in Stereoscopic 360°, Prismatic is best experienced using an HMD (Head-Mounted Display), such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Gear VR or Google Cardboard. The Vrideo player above supports most of these viewers on the desktop systems.

For those you on mobile devices, Google Cardboard and native YouTube App will be the best bet. Keep reading below for other ways to experience this video on your platform of choice.


Photosensitive epilepsy warning

Prismatic features strobing lights, flashing high-contrast colors and potentially disorienting visuals. If you have history of photosensitive epilepsy or experience discomfort, dizziness, nausea or headache, please turn it off as soon as possible. The rest of you – enjoy the (light) show.

Download for best quality

360 videos and VR are still very new to the web and not widely adopted. Until WebVR becomes a widespread standard and a new generation of video codecs with proper support for 4K-, 6K- and 8K-square comes around, streaming 360° content will always offer sub-par experience. If you want to see every pixel and every detail of Prismatic, the best method is to download the high-bitrate version of the video and play it locally either on your desktop or mobile device.

One of the most popular players out there is Kolor Eyes by Kolor/GoPro. Kolor Eyes is available for Mac, PC, Android and iOS and supports Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard as well as Leap Motion controls. Other popular software includes Virtual Desktop (Windows) and VRplayer (Windows, Android). Finally, if you own Gear VR, simply download the video and drop it into your 360 Videos folder, then launch the Oculus’ native 360 video app.

The video uses an over/under (sometimes labelled as top/bottom) stereoscopic split – make sure to select that option in your viewer of choice. The links to download the video and the players can be found below.

It should go without saying, but I am going to state it just-in-case: You may download and view the video, but you are not permitted to use it either commercially or non-commercialy, to upload it to any sites or services, create your own player apps, etc. If you are not sure what uses I’m OK with – send me an email and ask. You can find my contact information on the About page of this site.

Swipe left and right for more download options.

Watch it online

Here are a few options for watching Prismatic online. All should work on both mobile and desktop. Swipe for more options.

360° Stills

Unlike flat photos, VR stills faithfully represent a slice of their original source, allowing viewers to experience a micro-moment of the larger piece. Like the film itself, you may view it dragging with your mouse or finger to look around.

2D Autopan version

If all these steps above seem complicated, well… unfortunately they are. At the moment there does not exist a single method of publishing 360° VR content in a way that would maintain both high quality and compatibility with all operating systems, devices and viewers out there.

For those of you willing to sacrifice depth perception, interactivity, and immersiveness – for the sake of convenience, I rendered a two-dimensional autopan version of the video – recorded using a virtual camera placed inside the VR environment and simulating viewer’s gaze. It is my least preferred way of experiencing Prismatic, but may work best for some.

The autopan version can also be watched on YouTube and Vimeo.

The making of Prismatic

Don’t forget to check out The Making of Prismatic article for more information on my creative process, in-depth details on tricks and techniques used in creating this piece, as well as some findings, observations and lessons learned producing this piece.

Special thanks to ChiChiLand for help with color sequencing and /u/eVRydayVR for advice and expertise in output formats and compression.

Prismatic

Experience human-size kaleidoscope, infinite reflections, strobes, colors and music.

Running time3:10PremiereAugust 2015Directed byQuba MichalskiMusich0ffmanAnimationQuba MichalskiTools & CodeQuba Michalski