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!

 

Alchemy VR experiences at National Museum Australia

Great Barrier Reef Dive and First Life VR showing now at National Museum Australia in Canberra

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We’re very excited that on Boxing Day 2016 both David Attenborough’s First Life and Great Barrier Reef Dive VR experiences launched at the National Museum Australia in Canberra! The experiences have been a sell out success and the launch was widely covered  in the media including a TV piece on ABC Australia and The RiotAct Canberra commented that “to see the very future of education unfold before my eyes… was an awesome and exciting experience”

It’s so amazing that our films are now accessible to even more people. Both films have previously shown at Australian Museum, Sydney and Natural History Museum, London and they are still showing in Trondheim Science Centre in Norway!

We have big plans in 2017 so keep your eyes peeled as they might be showing in a venue near you !

First Life VR Wins Innovation Award

The First Life virtual reality experience has won a Museum & Heritage Award for Innovation, given jointly to Alchemy VR and the Natural History Museum in London. Narrated by David Attenborough, this immersive experience takes audiences into the depths of the Cambrian oceans to the very dawn of life where they encounter the first animals ever to live on this planet, brought to life in visually-stunning and scientifically accurate CGI.  The judges commented that it was an outstanding piece of work which set the benchmark for the future in museums. First Life was previously available in London’s Natural History Museum from July to December 2015, and is now showing at the Australian Museum in Sydney.

For more about the Museum & Heritage Awards and the 2016 winners, click here