Although not the first 360° video on the internet this one by Japanese R&D firm Wowlab takes things up a notch by not using real world footage filmed on a special camera rig, but instead creating an immersive world from scratch in which you can journey through a deconstructed Tokyo whilst also enjoying some interstellar moments that are intertwined within.
“From the lights of skyscrapers and homes, to the neon street lights and headlamps of cars and trains in motion… fragments of the city float like stardust out of the darkness against the curtain of the night sky. This new vision of Tokyo is explored with omnidirectional motion graphics.”
This work was born from ‘Beyond Motion Graphics’, an internal company project at WOW aimed at exploring new possibilities for motion graphics. In using VR technology, consideration was given as to what kind of images to showcase and express as pieces of art.
As to how they went about creating this 3D world, who knows. They don’t give all that much information on the making of the video over on their website however that’s not what’s important. What matters is that this video is amazing, so sit back and enjoy.