Micro Monsters with David Attenborough

Alchemy Immersive and Oculus partner to reveal the micro-world of bugs in a way never experienced before in virtual reality. Micro Monsters was produced for the launch of the Quest 2 and narrated by David Attenborough.

Platform : Oculus TV

Runtime : 5x 5mins

Released : 2020

For the first time, Oculus users will be able to experience live-action virtual reality in 8K 3D at 60fps as they discover a hidden world with Natural History Legend, David Attenborough. In a continuation of his landmark production, Micro Monsters, comes this awe-inspiring five-part immersive series that promises to reveal the real-life superpowers of arthropods, from a completely unique perspective.

Over five episodes, experience the conflicts, courtships, and communities of this micro world. Witness a scorpion and a centipede fight to the death; experience the process of an aphid miraculously cloning itself; and an army of green ants building incredible structures. Narrowly avoid the deadly ambush of a Trapdoor spider and become transfixed by the Portia spider’s deadly musical lullaby. Combining spectacular live-action close-ups with the power of computer graphics, watch a caterpillar’s transformation from inside its cocoon and discover a beetle’s secret chemical weapon.

Produced using a combination of specially developed 3D stereoscopic camera rigs, 180° live-action capture, and newly developed VFX compositing techniques, Micro Monsters showcases the best in immersive media production pipelines. Every detail is revealed, for example, the beat of a butterfly wing, through the incredibly high frame rate (60fps) elevated with spatial sound design. This state-of-the-art storytelling is delivered to users thanks to high resolution streaming and caching support on Oculus TV, allowing users to enjoy the incredible stories of Micro Monsters at 8K resolution on the latest Quest headsets.

Micro Monsters with David Attenborough is an Alchemy Immersive production, co-produced by Oculus From Facebook and produced by Atlantic Productions’ immersive division Alchemy Immersive in collaboration with ZOO VFX and 1.618 Digital. The experience will be available via Oculus TV in 8K on Oculus Quest 2, and in 5K on Quest.

Join David Attenborough to discover the world of bugs from an entirely new perspective, only possible in Virtual Reality. These real-life superpowers need to be seen to be believed. Episodes are exclusively available on Oculus TV in Oculus Quest headsets at: alchemyimmersive.com/micromonsters

Press

It’s a gripping, vibrant scene from the natural world… in vivid colour and high resolution, and could be exactly the kind of content that is needed to finally help take VR mainstream.

WIRED Magazine

Micro Monsters pioneers the next generation of immersive storytelling. The series’ combination of incredible narratives, best-in-class 3D quality and spatial sound, sets a new quality bar for immersive-video experiences in VR. It’s hard to describe the feeling one gets when they are shrunk down to the size of a beetle, confronting the prospect of becoming a meal for a giant praying mantis!

Eric Cheng – Head of Immersive Media, Oculus From Facebook

Credits

Narrator

David Attenborough

Director

Elliot Graves

Producer

Vianney Comot

Exective Producer

Anthony Geffen

Executive Producer (Oculus)

Eric Cheng

Executive Producer (Oculus)

Jonathan Gleit

Editor

Richard Lester

Sound Design & Spatial Mix

Oliver Kadel (1.618 Digital)

Design Director

Steve McGeorge

Retouch and Motion

Vahakn Vorperian (Tweak)

Creative

Iona McEwan

VFX Producer

David Barker

2D Lead Artist

Tim Baier

3D Lead Artist

Matthew Baker-Jones

CG Supervisor

Bhaumik Patel

Compositing Supervisor

Aleksandra Czenczek

Executive Producer (Oculus)

Yelena Rachitsky

Project Manager (Oculus)

Elizabeth Malone

AR/VR Legal (Oculus)

Andres Carrillo

AR/VR Legal (Oculus)

Shelly McGee

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.

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