A REVOLUTION IN VIRTUAL REALITY

Bourbon Street Productions (BSP) is a turn-key Virtual Reality Production House that features innovative, patented shooting and editing solutions based out of Colorado Springs. With more than fifty years of production experience, the core team of BSP is passionate about VR technology and inventing exciting ways for the end user to experience and interact with this dynamic medium. BSP has been focused on bringing 2D tools into the Virtual Reality technology space. In the 2D world a dolly move is simple enough -- a Dolly Grip pushes the camera operator along the track. But how is a dolly possible when a camera is recording 360 degrees? The answer is a remote controlled Segway. Like a dolly move, drone shots, interviews, first person rigging and camera mounts have all been rethought and reinvented to accommodate the challenging requirements of 360 degree capture in the virtual world.

Work

From music festivals to Olympic trails, from the Outback of Australia to the depths of the Pacific Ocean, John is seasoned in the development, shooting and editing of Virtual Reality (VR). Drone/jib, first-person perspective, dolly, underwater and car/boat/helicopter mounts are all tools he has utilized to create dynamic, engaging and memorable VR.


With advanced editing ideas he has created episodic VR series that can be downloaded as a single capsule where viewer interactivity allows the user to guide the narrative VR journey. Like the 2D video world where John developed expertise, VR also requires meticulous pre-production to ensure that the end project meets, and ideally exceeds, client expectations.

Tools
Krown

Invented by John and Ty Klocke, Krown (patent pending) is the world’s only first-person Virtual Reality rig. The possibilities are endless with this wearable camera, an invaluable tool in the expanding world of VR.

Invisible Drone

Cameras are mounted to the top and bottom of our DJI S900 Drone. The cameras are then stitched together in the edit and the drone vanishes from the viewer's perspective. VR users feel as though they are floating through the air.

Segway

The Segway is a remote controlled VR-camera dolly that moves at a top speed of 10mph and has a load capacity of 205lbs. Originally conceived for the 2016 Olympic Swimming Trials, the Segway proved itself to be an ideal tool for moving from point A to point B.

Interviews

This approach, like many in VR, was born out of necessity. First, John decided early on that he wanted to remove the interviewer from the action so hid her/him out of sight. Second, any interviewee will typically be wearing a wireless microphone, so combining that mic with a Comtek allows the interviewer to hear what the interviewee is saying.


Finally, a walkie-talkie was hidden on set, usually at the base of the camera stand, so the interviewer could talk to the interviewee. This technique has proven successful in all land-based situations, but this technique has also been employed with the interviewee in a lead car and the producer/production crew in a follow vehicle.

Mounts

A number of custom made and off-the-shelf components are utilized to optimize each and every shot. For a driving interview where the camera needs to be centered, level and steady, the camera stand is secured to tow points underneath the passenger seat. A combination of ratchet straps, wedges, sandbags, Cardellinis, and custom-cut steel poles ensure that this type of shot is flawless. Suction cups, long and short Gobo arms, grip heads, Mafers, and steel safety cables are other tools in John's kit to make mounting creative, safe and flawless.

Editing

The current editing philosophy in the world-wide view of VR is "slow and go." Typical shots last 30-45 seconds and fail to retain viewers' attention as they become bored with the narrative and bored with the visuals.


John's philosophy is a shot every 8-12 seconds. VR viewers are more interested in a fast editing pace than people realize. A faster pace causes the viewer to want to revisit the experience.

Clients