AntarcticVR: East of Antarctica
4k Fulldome/VR, 5.1 Surround Sound. Duration:20:00/35:00
'East of Antarctica' is work-in-progress experimental 4k Fulldome feature film & interactive VR production, shot on location at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica - an immersive, aesthetic vision of the site of Mawson's Huts, exploring the extraordinary landscape and the relics left by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE 1911-14) over 100 years ago.
The immersive quality of Fulldome and 360º cinema imparts a deep sense of place - a place at the very ends of the earth, that once existed upon the brink of the geographical imagination.
Modern techniques in photogrammetric reconstruction and geometry re-projection enable the transformation from Fulldome and stereoscopic content to immersive VR. This is research-in-progress, building upon 10 years of my immersive-content R&D in Antarctica.
Underpinning these innovations in 'immersion' and technique is a narrative: we will explore the story of the scientific understanding of space and time - and the quest - for the location of the South Magnetic Pole.
The understanding of this mystery was a key moment for early 20th-Century science - with crucial ramifications for our 21st-century knowledge of our planet.
Via the use of 10k stereoscopic panoramic photography, 4k motion-controlled Fulldome time-lapse, 4k real-time 360º cinematography, photogrammetric reconstruction and immersive VR, 'East of Antarctica' envisions the Cape Denison site and the scientific quest of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-14: how we came to know where we are on the surface of Earth.
You can see it and you can almost be there.
Directed and Produced by Peter Morse
Written by Peter Morse
Cinematography by Peter Morse
VR programming by Peter Morse
Fulldome Timelapse: Peter Morse & Chris Henderson
LadyBug 360º Video: Peter Morse
Editing, 3D Modelling & Photogrammetry Compositing & Special Effects, Colour Grade, 4k Dome Master/VR Master: Peter Morse
Music: Peter Morse
Audio: Peter Morse
Lighting: Peter Morse
Special thanks to:
Mawsons Huts Foundation
Australian Antarctic Division
Crew of L'Astrolabe