Felix & Paul Studios are one of the most prolific creative companies when it comes to cinematic virtual reality (VR), with two of its pieces Marshall from Detroit and Traveling While Black currently at the Sundance Film Festival. Continuing its relentless content creation, the studio has announced that in collaboration with TIME the pair will be combining their expertise in the creation of a new VR series called ISS Experience.
ISS Experience will be a documentary series filmed both in and around the International Space Station (ISS) over the course of a year. Thanks to the support of the International Space Station, U.S. National Laboratory and the access provided by NASA, will document life on board, capturing the first-ever spacewalk in cinematic 360, learning about what it’s like to live there whilst providing insights into the future of space exploration.
“We are excited to be working with Felix & Paul Studios to bring this project to many different audiences, across many different platforms,” said Mia Tramz, Emmy-winning VR producer and editorial director of Enterprise and Immersive Experiences at TIME in a statement. “This project will have a life on digital, immersive and physical platforms, and will ultimately serve as an educational experience to inspire generations to come.”
To begin capturing content for the ISS Experience TIME and Felix & Paul Studios launched two specialised Z CAM V1 Pro cameras to the ISS on 5th December 2018. These were adapted by Felix & Paul Studios incorporating purpose-built hardware and software that allows the crew of astronauts to shoot in these unique conditions.
Two additional cameras are slated to reach the ISS early this year, built to film outside of the ISS and to capture the spacewalk.
“Everything we have done to date as a studio has led up to this moment. We’ve immersed audiences around the world in extraordinary settings—from the White House to Eminem’s Detroit to the plains of the Serengeti—but space is the ultimate destination,” said Félix Lajeunesse, Emmy-winning creative director at Felix & Paul Studios. “We’re proud to be on this ambitious journey with our partners at TIME, producing the single most immersive experience ever made of life in space on the International Space Station.”
When completed the series will be distributed as both a digital XR experience and physical ticketed experiential exhibition at select museums and public locations. When these details are made available VRFocus will let you know.