Artists up close (360° 3D VR Series)

Walter Schönenbröcher, photo artist and filmmaker, visits German artist colleagues in their studios and films them at work. By means of a special Virtual Reality 360° 3D technique, he enables the viewer, while watching his films, to have the immersive experience of standing next to the artist during the creative process and watching him at work. The interviews conducted with the artists partly contain personal information about their life, work and understanding of art and are added to the visual documentations as audio collages.
Many of the artists (painters, sculptors, ceramic artists, installation artists) portrayed in this way so far are internationally recognized and national and international art prize winners.

    Old and rare forms of craftsmanship
    Old and rare forms of craftsmanship
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Künstler hautnah
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Virtual Reality
  • Genres:
    Art, Documentary, Virtual Reality, Artist, Portrait, 360°, 3D
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    35,000 EUR
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  • Language:
    English, German
  • Shooting Format:
    360° stereoscopic 8K
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Distribution Information
  • Samsung VR
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet
  • Oculus VR
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet
  • Youtube VR
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet

Walter Schönenbröcher was born in 1964 in Bergisch Gladbach (Germany) and grew up in Cologne, where he received his general qualifications for university entrance in 1983. From 1984 to 1990 he studied mathematics and economic sciences at RWTH Aachen and the Technical University of Berlin, which he stopped when he founded his first IT company. From 1988 to 2014 he was the managing partner of an internet group with several companies. In 2010 Walter Schönenbröcher took up photography. He moved from early nature and architectural photography to portrait photography, taking on jobs for public figures from film, music, politics, sports and business.

Those portrayed included Urs Rechn, Ottfried Fischer, Alice Brauner, Alexander Knappe, Kathrin Clara Jantke, Helmfried von Lüttichau, John Friedmann, Roman Roth, Micky Brühl Band, Elin Kolev, Simon Desue, Albert Travato, Hans Scheuerecker, Dirk Rohrbach, Holger Kelch, Evan Christ and many more.

From 2010 to 2016 Walter Schönenbröcher grew his portfolio at Vogue Italia to over 230 pictures and his work was honoured with a total of ten "BEST OF" titles.

In early 2011, in addition to other art projects he started the historical documentation series HANDwerk, which documents rare and endangered trades. In 2016 the state of Brandenburg supported this photo spread with a national travelling exhibition in connection with the Brandenburg Year of Culture. The works will be displayed next in the Brandenburg state parliament as well as in several unique Brandenburg museums. The project now includes over 45 trades and more than 600 works.

In September 2016 he married German composer and singer Kathrin Clara Jantke whom he has been living with in Cottbus, Germany since 2013.

Since 2017 Walter Schönenbröcher is also a filmmaker again. He produces with his company WHITESTAG several virtual reality film series and short films using stereoscopic 360 ° film technology. Among them is also the cinematic continuation of his contemporary historical documentary HANDwerk with which he received the insta360 Award in 2018 and 2019 nominations at international film festivals (Nashville Film Festival 2019 , FIVARS 2019, nextreality.contest 2019, London Lift-Off Film Festival 2019).

Since 2018 Walter Schönenbröcher has also been producing a virtual reality film series "Artists up close", in which he portrays art prize winners on film. Among them are well-known artists such as Günther Rechn, Matthias Körner, Kani Alavi, Hans-Georg Wagner, Chris Hinze, Jörg Engelhardt, Rita Grafe u.a.


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Art is only really understood when the artist opens the doors of his work and soul dor you.