Elbrus VR

The first russian documentary film, shot in 2016 in the virtual reality format about climbing the highest peak in Europe.
The video is presented in VR format. You can rotate it with the mouse, or if you are watching from a mobile device, then through the YouTube app.
About project
The first Russian documentary film, shot in 2016 in virtual reality format, is about the ascent to the highest point in Europe.

Elbrus VR is a contemplative reflection on why people strive for the summits despite the harsh living conditions in the mountains. Every year, hundreds of people come to Elbrus to reach the top of this volcano. What makes them endure fatigue and pain, the absence of comfort, and harsh weather? Why, despite all the difficulties that await the travelers at every step, do people still strive for the summit, even if they only stand there for a few minutes after hours of exhausting journey? To answer these questions, the viewer will have to make their way to the top along with the film crew.

Since the film is shot using 360 video technology, viewers on YouTube can change the camera direction, but maximum immersion can be achieved when watching in virtual reality headsets.

The film was first shown to the public at the 39th Moscow International Film Festival / Moscow International Film Festival as part of the RUSSIAN VR SEASONS program. Also, at the VR cinema festival Culture 360 in 2023, Elbrus was recognized by a professional jury as the best VR film in the non-fiction category.

Idea creators: Maxim Nikonov and Oleg Khokhlov
Producer: Dmitry Pirogov
Director: Maxim Nikonov
Climbing leader: Dmitry Gusarin
Drone operator: Alexander Lyasnikov
Editors: Kirill Solodukhin and Maxim Nikonov

The group included:
Azamat Aturbaev
Irina Yuzhakova
Olga Kurto
Liliana Shepeleva
Oleg Khokhlov
Dmitry Gusarin
Maxim Nikonov
Alexander Lyasnikov