We learned about the story of Director Sky in Fernlander Spotlight last week. Now let us get to know Developer Ivan from Russia and his thoughts about life and VR!
What was the life journey you took that brought you to FXG?
我在中国美术学院学习时，经常和同学们一起参观当代艺术展览，我也用新的媒介尝试创作自己的项目。那时候，我只听说过VR技术，还没用过。 有一天，我朋友也是同学Zhanna邀请我去VR公司和Nikk见面，因为Nikk当时正在寻找一位艺术家来用HTC Valve创作作品。Nikk向我们展示的项目以及他创建新示范场景的速度给我留下了非常深刻的印象。我意识到我也想这样做。很快经由Zhanna的介绍，Nikk还认识了Wieslaw（白伟，现在FXG的艺术总监）。
During my study at the China Academy of Arts, I often visited contemporary art exhibitions with my classmates, I also experimented with new media for some personal projects. At that time, I had only heard about VR technologies, but still had not experienced it myself. One day, my friend and fellow student Zhanna invited me to a visit a VR company and meet Nikk, he was looking for an artist to create artwork using the HTC Vive.
During my visit, I was very impressed with the projects that Nikk showed us, as well as the speed at which he created new demonstration scenes for us. I realized that I also wanted to do this.
Nikk had also learned about Wieslaw (白伟) from us, and was introduced to him soon after by Zhanna.
What do you do to relax after work？
下班后，我经常走路，差不多能走3公里。 在家里，我常和妻子聊聊天，也看看书，艺术、社会学、小说都会涉猎。 周末的时候，我就玩玩游戏。
After work, I usually walk, I try to walk about 3 km every day. At home I chat with my wife, read books, about art, sociology, and sometimes fiction, on weekends I play games.
What do you think will happen to your life in the next 3 days? Are you looking forward to it?
I will complete an online course about Database coding, and I will also visit my artist friend’s studio.
What is your favorite project you have been involved with at FXG?
It was my first project in the company, an interactive VR video. I was very nervous when working on it, and often wondered if I could do well enough. In the end, everything turned out good.
What do you think about the current status and development of VR as a developer?
为了使行业达到新的水平，有几个问题需要解决。 例如，有一些对于二代虚拟现实头盔的要求 - 比第一代更高的分辨率、更大的视角、眼动追踪、自主性、新一代的5G互联网连接、高质量设备的外观（像Oculus Quest这项成本高达500美金）。 有些公司已经解决了其中一些问题，但是还有一些问题看起来更复杂（例如，5G，阅读文章“为什么5G+VR在未来3年内都不会有大起色”，https://yivian.com/news/56080.html）。
VR industry is on the verge of big changes, some experts say that we are on the verge of VR 2.0 (https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/14/for-ar-vr-2-0-to-live-ar-vr-1-0-must-die/).
There are several problems that need to be solved for the industry to reach a new level. For example, here are some of the requirements for second-generation virtual reality headsets - higher resolution, wider field of view, eye tracking, autonomy, a new generation of 5G Internet connection, the appearance of high-quality devices (costing up to $ 500 Oculus Quest). A number of these tasks have already been solved by a number of companies, other tasks appear to be more complicated (for example, 5G, read the article "Why 5G+VR will not improve much in the next 3 years", https://yivian.com/news/56080.html).
所有VR公司都肩负技术普及这一共同的任务，因为目前没有多少用户每周都花几天使用VR设备。 有时甚至像Oculus这样的大公司也会犯错误忘记了这个目标，正如该公司前负责人Palmer Luckey所写
All VR companies have a common task, popularization of technology, at the moment not many consumers are using VR devices for several days a week. Sometimes even large companies such as Oculus can make mistakes and forget about this goal, as written by the former head of this company Palmer Luckey
What influence does your art study experience have for a VR developer?
我认识的大部分人都是以某种方式与视觉艺术联系在一起的。 因此，艺术史和艺术实践对我的世界观产生了深刻的影响。 目前我专注于技术领域的发展，我很高兴在这个过程中有文松老师指引我。 我的目标是在游戏设计中将艺术技巧与技术技能相结合。 这里我要提到一个我喜欢的独立游戏设计师Toby Fox。
Most of my life I was surrounded by people one way or another connected with visual arts. Therefore, the history of art as well as artistic practices had a huge impact on my worldview. At the moment I’m focusing on the development of technical skills, I am very pleased to have Wilson as my mentor. My goal is to combine artistic skills with technical skills in game design. From indie game designers I really like Toby Fox.
What is your favorite movie? Why?
其实没有“最”喜欢的电影，我觉得电影太多样化，没法去比较出一部电影。 我非常喜欢黑白无声电影。 我是德国20世纪电影、德国表现主义的粉丝，这个时期我最喜欢的俄罗斯导演是Dziga Vertov和Sergei Eisenstein。 但这只是说20世纪20年代的电影，毕竟我看那个时期的电影比近期几十年的电影要多一些。
I do not have a favorite film; I believe the cinema industry is too diverse to highlight a single film. I like black and white silent films very much. I am a fan of German films of the 20s, German expressionism. My favorite Russian directors of that era are Dziga Vertov and Sergei Eisenstein. But this is only a movie from the 20s, I watch films of that period a little more often than films from more recent decades.
The Golem. Paul Wegener
（图片来源：百度 Credit: Baidu Media）
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Robert Wiene
（图片来源：百度 Credit: Baidu Media）
What are your expectations for FXG?
The directors of our company have ambitious plans, and I am glad that we are doing what no one else has done.
In the near future, I will start to adapt the BP player we created to several platforms, such as Pico, Skyworth and others.
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