Meet the dynamic, bloodthirsty, and heroic characters of the plant world guided by Natural History Legend, David Attenborough. The hidden lives of plants are revealed for the first time in 8K 3D virtual reality at 60fps, through spectacular macro cinematography and time-lapse sequences shot over weeks.
In continuation of the landmark production, David Attenborough’s Kingdom of Plants, comes this breathtaking three-part immersive series that reveals the perils and drama of the plant world.
All episodes are now available on Oculus TV in Oculus Quest 2 headsets.
Over three episodes, unearth allies, enemies, and predators of the plant kingdom. Sit inside some of the most beautiful and rare blooms on our planet, or be beguiled by the beautiful but bloodthirsty sundew. Dive inside a microscope to see some of the smallest seeds in incredible detail. Be consumed by fungi: one of the most gruesome yet essential organisms on our earth. Witness the battle cry of a Pine tree and become entrapped in the infamous Venus Flytrap.
This immersive series lets you discover how the life of plants is far from static…
Produced using customised 3D stereoscopic cameras, specially developed stereo-timelapse rigs, and innovative VFX compositing techniques, Kingdom of Plants pushes the potential of immersive media production pipelines. At 8K, details of flowers, plants, and insects invisible to the human eye are revealed. Breath-taking spatial sound design by 1.618 Digital infuses the perils and drama of the plant world with life. The 60fps frame rate shows every delicate movement of a mushroom tearing as it grows or a flowers spectacular bloom.
One of the biggest challenges was putting this stunning, high-quality footage, captured at Kew Gardens for standard 16:9 screens, into virtual reality in a way that was accessible and interesting to everyone: from first time VR users to seasoned gamers.
Working with ZOO VFX, Alchemy built on this rectilinear footage using a custom ‘set extension’ technique, created by compositor Tim Baier, so they were able to create full 180 scenes that completely envelope the user in the plant world.
One challenge is that the plant world has many visitors who live life at a much faster pace. The timelapse set-up was a single camera capturing both the left eye and right eye on a timer. The team worked to correct the stereo between eyes to account for frantic insects trying to escape a vicious sundew, or a bug aiding and abetting the fungi on the forest floor. Certain flowers and plants proved far more active than anticipated; Hylocereus could often jump out of frame unexpectedly as they rushed to open during the night.
By bringing users down to the scale of plants, and using timelapse footage to show how active and vicious they are in their fight for survival, we hope people get a glimpse at how the world is brimming with heroes, allies, and villains in the most unexpected places.
Join David Attenborough to unearth the secrets of the world of plants in a way only possible in Virtual Reality. You’ll never look at the undergrowth in the same way again. Episodes are exclusively available on Oculus TV in Oculus Quest headsets.
Discover the Kingdom of Plants at: alchemyimmersive.com/kingdomofplants
“One of the promises of VR is its ability to immerse users in fantastic and alien worlds. By manipulating time and scale, Kingdom of Plants succeeds in that endeavour, providing an awe-inspiring 3D peek into a fascinating slice of life on planet Earth.”
Eric Cheng – Head of Immersive Media, Meta Quest
Executive Producer (Meta Quest)
Producer (Meta Quest)
Sound Design & Spatial Mix
Oliver Kadel (1.618 Digital)
VFX Producer (ZOO)
2D Lead Artist
3D Lead Artist
Matthew Baker Jones
Director of Photography
Production Director (Atlantic Productions)
Production Researcher (Atlantic Productions)
Buisness and Legal
Head of Facilities
Head of IT
Simon de Glanville
180 VR Camera
With Thanks To
Gina Fullerlove (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
Matt Knott (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
Karl G. (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
Aminata Dia (Meta Quest)
Brittney Black (Meta Quest)
Colum Slevin (Meta Quest)
Elizabeth Malone (Meta Quest)
Katalin Larocque-Tassi (Meta Quest)
Shelly McGee (Meta Quest)
Yelena Rachitsky (Meta Quest)
Atlantic Productions is one of the world’s leading factual production companies whose TV and theatrical films have been seen in over 150 countries.
Emmy-award winning Zoo are leaders in 4k VFX production and have a wealth of experience in stereoscopic production.