Moonraker VFX cannot wait to tune in to Earth From Space, a new 4-part programme where cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand new perspective. They reveal brand new discoveries, showcase incredible colours and patterns and highlight just how quickly the planet is changing. We were honoured to have been able to work with the team at BBC Studios to showcase our expertise in creating cinematic Earth shots once more. Earth From Space will be broadcast on BBC1 on Wednesday 17th April.
We are incredibly excited to announce that Moonraker VFX have been awarded development funding by Tourism Northern Ireland to create an AR app for their key tourist destinations. We are thrilled to be collaborating with our Bristol friends Zubr on this project.
We aim to launch Phase 1 of the app in Spring 2019 which will give visitors to the monumental Carrickfergus Castle on the northern shore of Belfast Lough a unique new immersive AR experience. This 800 year old Norman castle is steeped in a rich and fascinating heritage which the app will explore, revealing hidden layers behind the castle’s walls, taking visitors on a journey through pivotal points in the castle’s history.
This latest commission continues on our growth into the Museum, Visitor Attraction and Family Entertainment sector which has recently seen us work on a broad range of projects including Fram Museum in Oslo, Norway, Calvados Experience in France and Flyride Changbaishan, China.
As the home to the BBC’s Natural History Unit as well as the Bristol Natural History Consortium, Bristol has rightly gained a reputation as a leading centre for the understanding and appreciation of the natural world. It makes sense then that it is also home to the world famous Wildscreen Festival, a biennial celebration of wildlife and natural world film making. This years event took place in venues across Bristol Harbourside and was bigger and better than ever before. The city welcomed a host of internationally renowned natural world filmmakers and broadcasters who joined forces to share ideas, form collaborations and compete to pick up a prize at the festival’s culmination; the glittering ‘Green Oscars’ event The Panda Awards, which honour the creativity, innovation and sheer talent in the industry.
This year we are incredibly proud to announce that One Strange Rock won in every category it was recognised for meaning it picked up not one, not two, but THREE Panda Awards at the event!
Episode ‘Gasp’ scooped up two of the prestigious awards; The Doghouse Editing Award and the Music Award. This episode explored the unlikely and unexpectedly interconnected systems that allow life on our planet to breathe. In this episode our VFX helped to explain the process of transpiration, depicting water's journey from the rain forest floor, through the trees and into the clouds. We took live action plates and added the effects to feel as if they were inside the structure of the tree itself.
The Innovation Award was presented to the ‘Home’ episode which saw NASAs most experienced astronaut, Peggy Whitson, smash through the atmosphere on her final journey home. Our photorealistic shots of the Earth from Space throughout the series were critical to the storytelling as the documentary was endorsed by astronauts such as Peggy who left Earth behind to see it for real.
It was a pleasure to be involved in such a ground breaking, unique and jaw-droppingly beautiful documentary about Earth and we are so proud that our hard work, and the hard work of everyone involved, has been recognised in such a way.
The series to date has been viewed by 81 million people worldwide.
The Moonraker Studio have been very busy recently working on some really exciting Visitor Attraction projects which has seen our work shown in Norway and France.
We were lucky enough to work with award winning Visitor Attraction Design & Installation company Sarner International on three fascinating projects; bringing a polar ship to life, exploring the processes which go into producing the world famous apple brandy Calvados and tracking Norway’s fascinating journey to becoming the landmass it is today.
Head over to our Project page to find out more about our work on each of these projects!
Nutopia and Protozoa pictures commissioned Moonraker VFX to work as a creative partner with Framestore on the series One Strange Rock for National Geographic together with filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.
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The 'Genesis' Episode
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Moonraker and Talesmith, have been jointly commissioned through their SPV FLYRIDE, by P.E.L Creative to create a giant screen immersive film experience. The film is being specially made for a brand new visitors’ centre being built at the Changbaishan National Park in China by Legend Tourism Investment.