Alchemy VR gets jungle fever at the Eden Project!

Filming VR at the Eden Project in Cornwall on the Nokia Ozo camera for Atlantic Productions

Alchemy’s Latest VR experience heads into the Rainforest Biome at the Eden Project

Alchemy is excited to announce that our latest VR film Adventures in the Eden Rainforest VR, which will be hosted by the Eden Project from Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June. During the half-term holiday, the four minute virtual reality film will allow visitors to explore the Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome in a behind-the-scenes experience that ventures in to areas never seen before by the public. Joining lead rainforest horticulturist Hetty Ninnis and her team on a full 360 degree trip, audiences will descend into the canopy of the world’s largest indoor rainforest and witness the planting of incredibly rare Bottle Palms.

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Anthony Geffen, CEO and founder at Alchemy says: “We are thrilled to showcase the vibrant and exciting world of the Rainforest Biome through the fundamentally innovative and immersive format of VR. Not only does Adventures in the Eden Rainforest VR showcase the vital environmental work of the Eden Project, but it also underscores our continuing commitment to cutting-edge factual projects.”

Dr Jo Elworthy, Eden’s Director of Interpretation, said: “Adventures in the Eden Rainforest VR will give viewers an amazing insight into the hidden world of the Rainforest Biome, enabling them to experience things that even regular visitors to the Eden Project will never have seen. Viewers will go behind the scenes to discover how we ‘garden’ our tropical forest and will experience a spectacular abseil from the highest point of the Biome – all in incredible 360 degree virtual reality.”

Filming VR at the Eden Project in Cornwall on the Nokia Ozo camera for Atlantic Productions

It was such a pleasure working with such an awesome partner  as the Eden Project and we are delighted that our experiences are becoming available to watch in even more educational institutions across the UK

Watch this space for more exciting project announcements that are coming up in the next couple of months!

Space Descent VR shortlisted for a Design Week Award

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake has been shortlisted in the AR/VR category at the Design Week Awards 2017

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We are super pleased to announce that we have shortlisted in this year’s Design Week Awards!

Space Descent was a special commission by the Science Museum Group and has been running at the Science Museum in London since March 2017. In this 12 minute film users get to experience what it is like to travel from the International Space Station back down to Earth in a Soyuz Capsule whilst being guided by ESA astronaut Major Tim Peake.

You can read more about the experience in our previous post here 

Tickets for Space Descent are available to buy on the Science Museum’s website here

Alchemy VR to showcase VR film at Sheffield Doc Fest 2017

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Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon has been selected as part of the Immersive VR section of the Alternate Realities Exhibition at Sheffield Doc Fest, June 2017

Combining cutting edge virtual reality film making and multi-sensory storytelling, the experience takes users deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest and immerses them in the lives of the Munduruku Indigenous People who are currently under threat from planned government construction initiatives

Commissioned by Greenpeace, Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon, is a 14 minute VR film which combines multi-sensory elements provided by The Feelies. The team spent two weeks living with the Munduruku people, capturing the very essence of tribe life to create a truly emphatic virtual reality experience

Alchemy was truly honoured to work with such a distinguished organisation such as Greenpeace to highlight such an important cause

A short version of the film is available to watch on Greenpeace’s Virtual Explorer App which can be downloaded from their website here

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ALCHEMY VR AND SONY PLAYSTATION DIVE INTO VIRTUAL REALITY

Today, Alchemy launches three pioneering VR documentaries on PlayStation VR.  Atomic Ghost Fleet and Cocos: Shark Island are two new productions available alongside the award winning David Attenborough’s First Life VR. All three experiences are accessible by the public for the first time in their own homes and available to up to 40 million users globally on the Sony VR headset.ATGS

Atomic Ghost Fleet (18 minutes): An expedition to the shipwrecks of the Nuclear Age

 Seventy years ago, some of the most powerful nuclear weapons ever created were detonated over the Bikini Atoll; a remote chain of islands in the crystal blue waters of the tropical Pacific. The islands became off-limits to mankind, saturated in radioactive fall-out.  But in 2015, the state-of-the-art research and exploration vessel Alucia and her crew returned to discover the secrets below the waves.

In this unique VR experience, we descend into Bikini’s tropical lagoon to come face to face with an undisturbed historical world of extraordinary shipwrecks. Revealing the fate of these sunken relics ‘Atomic Ghost Fleet’ combines world first 360 degree footage and archive materials with rare and poignant insight.

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Cocos: Shark Island (10 Minutes): An expedition dive into a shark infested paradise

340 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, in the Pacific Ocean, lies Cocos Island. Described by legendary underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau as, “the most beautiful island in the world”, its tropical waters are home to a rich marine ecosystem – making it a mecca for schools of hungry sharks.

In this immersive VR experience we join a team of expert researchers and scientists as they dive into this underwater paradise at feeding time. Thankfully the sharks are focussed on the fish, leaving you to witness this great event in thrilling 360 degrees.FLVR

David Attenborough’s First Life VR (15 minutes): A journey back in time to experience the dawn of life on Earth

David Attenborough’s First Life VR is an award-winning fully immersive virtual reality experience produced by Alchemy VR. In stunning 360 VR, go on a journey of discovery to unearth the secrets of the evolution of the first life on Earth.  Travel back to the Cambrian Oceans of 540 million years ago as David Attenborough reveals the dawn of life on Earth and introduces you to its earliest inhabitants, exploring ancient oceans and interacting with extraordinary extinct sea creatures. Using top paleontological research and state of the art computer technology, long-extinct animals such as the five-eyed Opabinia, the fearsome looking Anomalocaris and the spiny, worm-like Hallucigenia are brought vividly alive in a fully immersive CG VR experience.

With stunning CGI created by the Emmy-award winning team at ZOO VFX, this VR experience has won several of the most prestigious digital awards in the industry, including the World Summit Award and the Museum & Heritage Awards for innovation.

Atomic Ghost Fleet and Cocos: Shark Island are produced by Atlantic Productions with Alucia Productions

Alchemy VR experience launches on Greenpeace VR app

Greenpeace launches Virtual Explorer app containing specially commissioned Alchemy VR content 

Earlier this week Greenpeace UK launched their first VR app, Virtual Explorer, which through a range of 360-degree immersive films,  gives supporters the chance to experience amazing places like the Amazon and Arctic first-hand, and take action to defend them.

One of the films, Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon, was shot in the heart of the Amazon rainforest by Alchemy VR and highlights the world of the Munduruku Indigenous People which is currently under threat from planned government construction initiatives. Alchemy VR and Greenpeace spent two weeks living with the Munduruku people, capturing the very essence of tribe life and creating a truly empathic virtual reality experience.

It was such an honor working with such an esteemed organisation to bring attention to such a worthy cause. There is much more to announce on this project so watch this space!

You can download the app here and it is compatible with a number of VR headsets but if you don’t have one you can make a small donation to Greenpeace and they will get one out to you.

 

David Attenborough’s First life VR premieres in North America!

David Attenborough’s First life VR running now at the Canadian Museum of Nature

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Visitors to the Canadian Museum of Nature are now able to watch David Attenborough’s First life VR. This is the first time any of Alchemy’s VR experiences have been shown in a cultural organisation in North America so naturally we are very excited!

Alchemy’s founder and CEO Anthony Geffen states “We’re delighted to be  partnering with the Canadian Museum of Nature to bring David Attenborough’s First Life VR to audiences in this part of the world’ he goes on to add that ‘VR offers institutions like the CMN an unparalleled ability to transport visitors back to these ancient oceans in a completely immersive way, exciting and inspiring them to engage in the natural world and its past through groundbreaking technology’

Thanks to the team at the museum who worked with us to help bring First Life VR to more audiences globally!

As well as the standard version of the experience, Alchemy also provided a French VO version of the experience to the museum allowing more visitors to enjoy this award winning experience

If you are local you can buy tickets here

Great Barrier Reef Dive nominated for BAFTA Craft award 2017

Alchemy are delighted to announce that David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive VR has been shortlisted in the digital creativity category at this year’s BAFTA Craft Awards.

It’s such an honor to be nominated for such such a prestigious award and we would like congratulate the other nominees and also the team that worked very hard on bringing this production to life

Great Barrier Reef Dive VR is currently playing at Trondheim Science Centre in Norway and at National Museum Australia in Canberra. Previously it ran at the Natural History Museum in London and the Australia Museum in Sydney, watch below to see what the visitors in Sydney thought of this breath taking experience

 

 

Experience Space Descent VR with Tim Peake at the Science Museum from 24 March

This morning Alchemy was at Science Museum for the press preview of Space Descent VR with Tim Peake which launches to the public next Thursday 24 March. It was great to see people trying out this amazing experience and we can’t wait for everyone to be able to have a go – you can book your tickets online here

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Visitors at the Science Museum this morning viewing the experience

This is Alchemy’s most ambitious project to date and we’d just like to say thank you to the amazing team that worked on this production, the Science Museum and of course Tim Peake himself who commented that the VR ‘really is breath-taking – and that comes from someone who has spent an awful lot of time using VR systems while training for my first mission. Science Museum visitors are going to experience something that truly is very close to the real thing.’

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Behind the scenes with Tim Peake at Alchemy VR and Tim Peake with founder and CEO Anthony Geffen

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SPACE DESCENT VR WITH TIM PEAKE

We are very excited to announce our next VR museum experience –  Space Descent VR with Tim Peake!

From 24 March 2017 visitors to London’s Science Museum will be able to join ESA astronaut Tim Peake in a virtual reality descent from the International Space Station (ISS) to the steppes of Kazakhstan, in the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft.

Earlier this year the Science Museum acquired the actual Soyuz capsule in which Tim Peake returned to Earth in 2016 after 186 days on the ISS. To accompany this landmark acquisition the museum commissioned Alchemy to create an out of this world fully immersive experience. The result is a 12-minute 360 3D state of the art VR experience where museum visitors are transported inside one of the most enduring spacecraft of the modern age. Using the very latest in VR technology they will experience what it feels like to sit inside the Soyuz’s descent module as it takes its journey back to earth, travelling at speeds of over 27,000kph and reaching temperatures of around 1600 degrees c.

Alchemy was lucky enough to be invited to the breakfast launch of the Soyuz capsule earlier today where Tim Peake talked about his incredible journey.

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We are delighted to have worked on this amazing project with an such an incredible partner and can’t wait for everyone to be able to see the experience for themselves. Tickets are available now at http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

We have many more exciting projects about to launch so watch this space!