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Galápagos VR with David Attenborough

About Galápagos

Escape to the Galápagos and meet the Islands’ unique inhabitants in a virtual reality exclusive with David Attenborough

At a time of increasing turbulence across the Galápagos Islands, a consequence of the changing climate, Atlantic and Meta bring meaningful attention to the area’s extraordinary ecosystem through an immersive lens.

In this latest installment of our innovative 3D 180° experiences, the award-winning series Galápagos with David Attenborough is brought to life in virtual reality, transporting audiences on a journey across time, evolution, and human impact.

 

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This three-part VR docuseries launches as the effects of El Niño (a climate pattern that causes unusual warming of surface waters in the Pacific Ocean) continue to negatively impact the survival of the wildlife of the Galápagos.

The threats of El Niño are particularly catastrophic, not only for ravaging the islands’ rare habitats, but potentially destroying this one-of-a-kind ecosystem. The World Meteorological Organization has declared that global warming is likely increasing the impacts of the geographical phenomenon, causing more intense heat and heavier precipitation.

With experts fearing this will be the most intense El Niño in decades, Galápagos with David Attenborough emphasises the vital importance and global significance of this unparalleled ecosystem.

Aerial footage captures the imposing, arid nature of the Galápagos archipelago.

The 8k 180° experience and 3rd order ambisonics, created in partnership with the sound expertise of Q Department, bring audiences face-to-face with the islands’ strangest beasts. From perching on craggy rocks beside Marine Iguanas and Blue-Footed Boobies, to swimming amongst 20-tonne Whale Sharks, and the climate’s most unlikely inhabitants, Galapagos Penguins, Meta Quest watchers find themselves within touching distance of some of the rarest creatures on the planet.

Immersive

Quill, a native virtual reality artform

Atlantic’s assimilation of Quill into the XR pipeline, in tandem with innovative visual effects compositing techniques is unprecedented across the natural history documentary space. This original method of storytelling draws audiences deeper into the rich and visceral setting of the Galápagos.

The use of Quill, a native VR art form, reflects Atlantic’s commitment to working at the forefront of immersive technologies, alongside promoting the diverse creators working with the medium.

Created by a female-led team of global artists, the designs of US-based Lebanese/Palestinian artist Samia Khalaf, Swiss artist Zoe Röllin, and Ireland-based Romanian artist Ruxandra Popescu are crucial to the immersive evolution of the series. VR artist Dan Franke has created the series intro in Quill, uniting the three artists’ distinct, yet cohesive styles across the production.

The use of Quill expands the immersive possibilities of visual storytelling, bringing to life volcanic eruptions, Charles Darwin’s discovery of Natural Selection, and the Galápagos’ phytoplankton phenomenon.

Quotes

“This small group of islands has revealed in microcosm the processes that have shaped all life on Earth. Unlike many other tropical islands elsewhere, 95% of Galápagos biodiversity still survives. But only just. We have the chance to bring back the full glory of this fragile ecosystem.”

David Attenborough on the significance of the Galápagos

 

“In a previous life, I was an underwater photographer lucky enough to have spent time in the Galápagos. VR experiences transport viewers to another place more effectively than similar footage on flat screens, and when I am experiencing the VR footage in Galápagos with David Attenborough, it’s a visceral reminder of what it is like to actually be on the islands. The underwater moments in particular are especially effective, as that sort of immersive environment–one that really surrounds a person–lends itself well to representation in VR.”

Eric Cheng, Head of Immersive Media, Meta 

 

Credits

Executive Producer
Anthony Geffen

Presenter
David Attenborough

Director
Iona McEwan

Producer
Lou Doye

Executive Producer (Meta)
Eric Cheng

Producer (Meta)
Jonathan Gleit

Head of Immersive
Alastair Cotterill

Technical Supervisor
Bhaumik Patel

Assistant Producer
Anna Taylor

Art Director
Steve McGeorge

Editors
Richard Lester
Stephen Stephenson

VFX Producer 
Ceri Passmore

VFX Supervisor
Matthew Baker-Jones

CG Supervisor
Manuel Fuentes