The Onward Project, a Santa Monica-based non-profit organization created by Getty alum Elizabeth Kahn, is dedicated to assembling and sharing with the public the tremendous breadth of material associated with the last of the great explorations of the American Southwest during the 1930s– the Rainbow Bridge-Monument Valley Expedition. Via multiple US museum exhibitions, digital archives, educational resources—and utilizing the latest VR interactive technologies—The Onward Project gives voice to the people who were impacted by the expedition, the native communities culturally related to the land, and those from the prehistoric past. The project will serve as a model for future virtual presentations about fragile and/or sacred sites around the globe. Blueplanet VR is partnering with this unique project, and has photogrammetrically captured a remote 900 year-old Puebloan site in Northern Arizona in extremely high resolution, allowing virtual visitation of the highly sensitive site in original, intact archaeological condition but without destructive effects of physical visitation. Interactive interpretation while in VR is aided by virtual presence of key experts of the region, including Navajo Nation archaeologist Ron Maldonado, The Denetso, Littlesalt and Austin Families, Allison Hana Fischer-Olson, Ailish Ullman, and Project Director Elizabeth Kahn. Future capture of related sites are planned.
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Conceptualized with PBS Frontline director Catherine Upin, Blueplanet VR’s Eric Hanson helped develop this innovative interactive documentary and realize a primary scene. Made with The Emblematic Group, Realtra, NOVA, and NASA, Greenland Melting is first of it’s kind, an 11 minute volumetric VR documentary experience allowing one to see firsthand the degradation of the glaciers in Greenland, and an unexpected discovery making matters worse. Blueplanet VR developed a key photogrammetric scene surrounding the Kangilerngata glacier, illustrating the effects of Atlantic current impact on calving of the glacier, the research accomplished from NASA’s important OMG project. A key contributor was our Icelandic colleague Olafur Haraldsson, who shot the aerial photogrammetry and ground based 360 video.
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Greene & Greene‘s 1906 arts + crafts masterpiece, the Gamble House in Pasadena, has recently been the subject of much VR acquisition by Blueplanet VR‘s Eric Hanson and HyperAcuity’s Greg Downing. Starting with stereoscopic panoramas, the primary interiors were shot for photogrammetry, then later with Paul Debevec‘s Google light field camera for his wonderful “Welcome to Light Fields” VR demo. Thanks go to Sheryl Scott.
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xRez Studio had the great pleasure of providing digital terrain capture for Björk’s recent special venue film “Black Lake“, featured at MoMA NYC in her retrospective exhibition in spring 2015 and directed by the gifted designer and director Andrew Thomas Huang . Continue reading “Björk Black Lake Digital Terrain”
We were fortunate to spend time shooting with our old friend Olafur Haraldsson in his home turf in Iceland during the summer of 2014. Continue reading “Iceland 2014 Shoot”
xRez Studio is partnering with GlacierWorks, a non-profit organization that uses art, science, and adventure to raise public awareness about the consequences of climate change in the Greater Himalaya. Continue reading “GlacierWorks- Climate Change in Gigapixel”
“Magnificent Desolation” is a 3D IMAX feature produced by Play Tone/Tom Hanks which faithfully re-creates the Apollo moon landings in stereo 4k high resolution. xRez Studio was sub-contracted from prime VFX vendor Sassoon Film Design for a difficult hero shot which depicts flying through Hadley Rile, a deep trench visited by the Apollo 15 astronauts. Continue reading “Magnificent Desolation IMAX”