The Hydrous presents: IMMERSE
a journey of science, love, and magic in the ocean
The ocean is over exploited, under protected, and out of mind. Too few people have the opportunity to explore marine environments such as coral reefs, which are rapidly degrading. This 360/VR film is therefore designed to take the viewer on an immersive, underwater journey to generate awareness, scientific understanding, and empowerment to protect our beautiful and threatened ocean.
We have been working on this project since June of 2017, and, in early 2018, collected footage in Palau and in the Philippine coral reef exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences. For stereoscopic underwater footage, we used the leading underwater VR cameras- the VRTUL1 and VRTUL2. For above-water footage, we used the Yi Halo.
Immerse was the International Ocean Film Festival’s first ever VIRTUAL REALITY ‘official selection’ - and premiered at the festival on March 10, 2019 at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Immerse is also an Official Selection of the EarthX Film Festival and the Oxford International Film Festival.
Currently the IMMERSE VR movie is only available by direct request at firstname.lastname@example.org. As new options are available they will be listed here.
Science Advisors & Interviews:
Dr. Ruth Gates (University of Hawaii), Shayle Matsuda (University of Hawaii), Dr. Grace Young (Oxford University), Dr. Rebecca Albright (California Academy of Sciences), Dr. Allison Fritts-Penniman (California Academy of Sciences), Dr. Terry Gosliner (California Academy of Sciences), Dr. Gary Williams (California Academy of Sciences), Dr. Pim Bongaerts (California Academy of Sciences), Steve Lindfield (Coral Reef Research Foundation, Palau)
Palau Partners and Interviews:
Aliyah Tadao, Francis Toribiong, Richard Barnden, Matt Boyle, Paul Collins, Ford Castillo, Rozer Tatsuo, April Peebler, Charley Peebler, and Dakota Peebler