Lake Baikal

Immersive Experiences in Virtual Reality

Immersive Experiences in Virtual Reality

A Virtual Reality Experience

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“If a simple earthly wonder has entered your life and you have felt ennobled by this encounter – it means, this is Baikal.” Mark Sergeev


“The highest levels of extinction are in freshwater. For that reason Baikal deserves our attention.” E.O. Wilson


The scenes of this short VR program introduce viewers to the icy winter landscape around Lake Baikal in Siberia, and to some of the strong spiritual traditions that have evolved around this oldest, deepest and most voluminous body of fresh water on Earth.

You’ll feel the windblast of a Trans Siberian express train racing past you along the shore of the Lake, and hear it as you stand at the crossroads of a snowy little village nearby. You’ll shiver with cold as you watch bathers a few feet away, stepping calmly beneath the immense icy surface of the lake for a quick dip. You’ll come face to face with the shy parishioners of a small Orthodox Church and then immerse yourself in a Buddhist temple full of devoutly chanting monks.

This is a work in progress. There is much more to show and tell about Lake Baikal.

Just as the collision of tectonic plates created the Himalayas, the tearing apart of tectonic plates created the basin that is Lake Baikal. Baikal contains one-fifth of the world’s unfrozen fresh water, equal in volume to all the North American Great Lakes combined. Evolving in isolation over 25 million years, Lake Baikal is home to more than 2,500 indigenous animal and plant species, including the nerpa seal, the world’s only freshwater seal. This rich biodiversity has earned it the nickname, “The Galapagos of Russia” and its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

MediaCombo teamed up with two Russian companies VRability and GigaPano to produce the project. The winter scenes were filmed over a week in March 2016. In the summer of 2017 we hope to return to Lake Baikal for a longer visit to film the Russian and international scientists and conservationists who study this unique ecosystem.



For more details visit: Lake Baikal: The Science and Spirituality of Extreme Water

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Fun Fact 1

One-fifth of the liquid freshwater on our planet – 5,500 cubic miles of water – is in Siberia’s Lake Baikal.

Fun Fact 2

Lake Baikal is the largest body of freshwater on earth. Though relatively isolated in Southern Siberia, it influences regional weather patterns throughout Northern Asia and is linked to all of Asia by a spidery network of over 300 rivers.

Fun Fact 3

Over 2,000 species of plants and animals call Baikal home, a full 80% of which exist nowhere else on earth, including freshwater seals and fish-eating worms!

Virtual Reality Production
  • research
  • concept development
  • VR production
  • location filming
  • script writing
  • TEAM
  • Michael Owen, producer/director
  • Georgy Molodtsov / VRability, Moscow, co-director
  • Artem Lysenko / Prosense, Moscow, Director of Photography, Color Correction
  • Ksenia Adamovitch, producer, Russia
  • Zhenya Molodtsova, production manager, Russia
  • Sergey Baskoev, camera operator, Russia
  • Arkady Kalikhman, location consultant, Russia
  • Andrei Suknev, location consultant, Russia
  • Andrey Chermoshkin, transportation & construction, Russia
  • Denis Ivancha, transportation & construction, Russia
  • Darya Snigur, post production supervisor, Russia
  • Iya Bereza, editor (stitcher), Russia
  • Anna Bogolyubova, editor assistant, Russia
  • Stanislav Kolesnik, technical director, Russia
  • Albert Leusink, 360° spatial sound design
  • Tumble + Yaw, 360° spatial sound design
  • Sharanika Akter, NY editorial assistant
  • Ivolginsky Datsan
  • Baikalsky State Nature Biosphere Reserve, Vasily I. Sutula, Director
  • Bolshoye Goloustnoye Orthodox Church
  • Dr. Marianne Moore
  • Peter Klebnikov
  • Category

    Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

    Video, Virtual Reality