Academy-Award Winning Actress Brie Larson Narrates Latest Space Explorers VR Experience
MONTREAL — July 13, 2018 (Felix & Paul Studios PR) — Felix & Paul Studios, the EMMY® award-winning creator of immersive entertainment experiences, today premiered Episode Two of their groundbreaking virtual reality series, Space Explorers, on the Oculus Store.
This latest episode in the series was produced in conjunction with Facebook’s Oculus with participation from NASA, the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, and leading private space transportation companies. The first episode of this made-for-VR series, Space Explorers: A New Dawn, premiered at the 2018 Sundance New Frontier exhibition to wide critical acclaim. Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson provided narration for both Episodes 1 and 2 of Space Explorers.
Space Explorers: Taking Flight shines a light on how collaboration is vital to the present and future of space exploration. From traditional cooperation between international space programs to new partnerships between agencies like NASA and private corporations, Space Explorers: Taking Flight provides a unique perspective on the wide reaching ambition of mankind to explore our universe.
“The Space Explorers VR series showcases mankind’s ambitious journey to understand our planet, our galaxy, our universe and our origins,” said Stéphane Rituit, executive producer and president of Felix & Paul Studios. “This latest episode highlights the enormous amount of work and collaboration that goes into preparing for these monumental space missions. Viewers get up close and personal with astronauts, cosmonauts and rocket launches in a highly immersive and visceral way, an experience never previously available through 2D media or even 3D installations.”
As the second episode in a multi-part series, Space Explorers: Taking Flight explores some of the new technological innovations and initiatives being developed around the world and also highlights how astronauts from different countries work together on projects like the International Space Station (ISS). The viewer is treated to several thrilling rocket launches, including one in Star City, Russia to witness the launch of a Soyuz rocket that transports Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin to the ISS.
Space Explorers: Taking Flight was directed by pioneering VR creative directors Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël. The 21-minute virtual reality experience was captured and produced using Felix & Paul Studios’ full spectrum VR platform, including the studio’s proprietary, state-of the art cameras and pre- and post-production software suite.
To capture the sheer intensity of the moment, and to provide viewers with the best vantage point for multiple rocket launches, the studio created a unique system to separate their physical proprietary VR cameras from the camera’s data recording and battery systems. This allowed the physical cameras to be “sacrificed” to the heat and fire of a rocket launch while preserving the data to produce the highly intense and unique 3D 360-degree immersive virtual reality scenes in Space Explorers: Taking Flight. Headspace Studio, the leader in 3D positional audio processing, provided audio capture and end-to-end sound processing for the Space Explorers: Taking Flight experience.
About Felix & Paul Studios
Felix & Paul Studios is an EMMY® Award-winning immersive entertainment studio, creating virtual, augmented and mixed reality experiences of the highest quality. The studio combines technological innovation with a unique, pioneering and in-depth approach to the new art of immersive storytelling—creating ground-breaking original cinematic experiences (MIYUBI, Nomads series, Strangers, The Confessional, Space Explorers) and collaborations with existing franchises (Jurassic World, Cirque du Soleil, Fox Searchlight’s Wild, Isle of Dogs) and world-renowned personalities and leaders (President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, LeBron James, President Bill Clinton).
The company is the world’s only full spectrum VR studio, showcasing end-to-end creative and technological know-how and proprietary tools within one company—including best-in-class spherical 3D camera systems, production and post-production software and processes, and specialized audio capture, design and processing through its Headspace Studio division.
With its headquarters in Montreal, Canada and offices in Los Angeles, CA, Felix & Paul Studios has a highly experienced team of over 60 VR specialists and is backed by Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec, Comcast Ventures, Investment Quebec, OMERS Ventures, and the Phi Group.