Deep Inc.'s groundbreaking "Polar Sea 360" to be featured at Hot Docs 2015 DocX Virtual Reality Showcase
Witness the future creative and technical possibilities of documentary cinema. These four short films employ revolutionary 3D stereoscopy video, Oculus Rift technology and Samsung's Gear Virtual Reality headsets to immerse you in unforgettable documentary experiences. Take a breathtaking voyage through the Northwest Passage in Polar Sea 360°; transport yourself to the stunning landscapes of Mongolia and into the lives of nomadic yak herders in Herders; experience renowned opera singer Measha Brueggergosman in concert in Cameroon and Canada in Songs of Freedom; and in Strangers With Patrick Watson go behind the scenes with the acclaimed Montreal singer.
The exhibit is free to view at the Isabel Bader Theatre from Friday, April 24, to Friday, May 1, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Supported by the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.
The 360° Interactive Journey
Beyond the physical journey on TV, the story is enriched with an immersive web and mobile experience centered around 360-degree video storytelling.
Available in three languages, French, English and German, the interactive Polar Sea 360 website features an extensive online magazine comprising more than a hundred contributions from adventurers, scientist, artists, and locals living and travelling along the Northwest Passage. The magazine expands on the TV series and connects viewers to a comprehensive, 360° multi-perspective understanding of the Arctic.
This media rich experience is complemented by the world’s first web based 360° documentary film. In The Polar Sea 360° Journey, viewers experience the Arctic through the eyes of the Inuit, becoming a part of revelatory stories about the beautiful, changing Arctic landscape.
The film is a genuine technical and aesthetic breakthrough. For the first time ever it tells a longer format story by seamlessly integrating 360° video with regular film in a new form of storytelling that did not previously exist.
Polar Sea 360 also includes a 360° mobile app for iOS that allows viewers to navigate scenes in the Arctic with the swipe of their finger. By switching the app into virtual reality mode and inserting their iPhones into a special holder viewers can literally step into the Arctic and feel like they are there.
For many Polar Sea 360 will be their first taste of virtual reality, a technology that is about to transform our relationship to the screen as we know it...