In the last few years, we (Joergen Geerds and Uli Futschik) had the privilege to bring individual stories of WWII veterans alive through immersive storytelling. Our third collaboration with the World War II Foundation is the 360 documentary, The Tuskegee Airmen. See XR Must Review.

XR technologies are great storytelling and educational vehicles. They are the future of information transfer and exchange. As such they are a natural fit for documentary filmmaking. 360 / Virtual Reality (VR) provides us with a distinctive capability to explore authentic historical locations and seamlessly integrate archival photos and films into the wider context. This immersive approach not only grants viewers the opportunity to experience these historical settings in virtual reality but also enhances their understanding by bridging the gap between past documentation and the present day.

The Tuskegee Airmen

Uli Futschik is a 360 filmmaker and co-founder of Koncept VR, a New York City based 360/VR video production company. Uli’s journey started with a Ph.D. in quantum physics before embracing a creative career with the arrival of the latest VR wave. Alongside Joergen Geerds, she co-founded Freedom360 LLC, designing 360 cameras and hardware, and pioneering 360/VR experiences.

With roles spanning producer, director, writer, and more, Uli has been instrumental in numerous successful VR projects. She is particularly drawn to crafting 360/VR documentaries that focus on personal narratives. Koncept VR’s 360 films were part of the official selections in renowned film festivals and received awards such as Webbys and Shortys. Committed to projects with cultural and social impact, Uli explores novel ways of communication and education through XR technologies.

Joergen Geerds is cofounder of Koncept VR. He started his career as Art Director in NYC advertising, changed focus to panoramic photography, and became hooked on 360 video in 2011. In 2012 he patented the first fully spherical 360 camera, and has tirelessly worked since then to develop 360 video into a medium with its own cinematic dialect, as well as building a world-wide community of 360 content creators. His work as 360 director, DP, producer and post-production supervisor has been a major contribution to the success of his company, Koncept VR.

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