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"A Postcard from the Uprising" is the first Polish fictionalized historical spectacle made using the technology of virtual reality. And I have to admit that the impression is simply amazing. The 360-degree perspective allows you to completely immerse yourself in the story being told. Other characters seem to be right next to us, looking us straight in the eye. Looking around, we can see what Warsaw must have looked like in the heat of the insurgency and fighting. We hear shots from all sides, we see tanks, and the sewer walls are at our fingertips. It is an experience that is hard to describe.
You need to try out the virtual reality goggles at least once , and you will see some great material that has been worked on for a long time. Only then can we understand what it really was like, says Tomasz Dobosz, the director of "A Postcard from the Uprising".
The team worked on the project for over two years, and the fifteen-minute production is made up of about 40 hours of material.
The medium is rather more about the artistic use of space than of image. When you enter the virtual space, you will look around at the scene around you. There were a lot of technical difficulties in creating this. The crew has nowhere to hide, the sound engineer is behind the tree, and the camera operator is hidden somewhere behind the excavator. There were 14 cameras in our production and we had to make sure that no member of the crew was visible to the cameras, which made the staging very difficult - the camera operator, Marcin Magiera, said when sharing his impressions of the set.
The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has shown that it supports valuable ideas, projects that have creative potential and are developmental. When we first started our conversations with the creators, and when I read their material, I knew that it was a good project and I immediately wanted to participate in it - says National Cultural Centre director, dr hab. Rafał Wiśniewski, prof. UKSW. The National Cultural Center is a co-producer of "Postcards from the Uprising".
The story presented in the film was inspired by an inconspicuous exhibit from the Warsaw Uprising Museum – it is a postcard with a prayer on it, carried by one of the insurgents, Cpt. Władysław Sieroszewski "Sabała". He got it in August 1944 from his young daughter.
My father sometimes said that it was actually the only time for him when he really felt needed. The uprising was very important to him, and this memento with its connection to the uprising was also very important - Barbara Sieroszewska-Porowska recalled during the premiere.
Her father was played by Mirosław Haniszewski, and the role of a nurse was played by Agata Różycka, the great-granddaughter of Captain Witold Pilecki.