Felix & Paul Studios and Universal Pictures Launch Jurassic World: Blue VR Experience
Felix & Paul Studios, the EMMY® Award-winning creator of immersive entertainment experiences, and Universal Pictures today launched a brand-new chapter of Jurassic World: Blue, a two-part virtual reality experience produced to coincide with the recent release of the Oculus Go VR headset—as well as the upcoming theatrical release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
The two-part cinematic virtual reality experience was created by Felix & Paul Studios, Universal Pictures and Facebook’s Oculus—with visual effects and animation by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and sound by Headspace Studio. Directed by Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël, each chapter of Jurassic World: Blue delivers a single, continuous take, combining live-action and CG in 3D 360°virtual reality—resulting in some of the longest and most stunning visual-effects shots ever created.
Chapter 2 of Jurassic World: Blue follows Owen’s Beta Velociraptor as she scours for food and searches for signs of life while a volcanic eruption threatens all life on Isla Nublar. Blue’s fight for survival reaches a deadly climax as two fierce predators—a Baryonyx protecting her eggs, and Jurassic World’s infamous T. rex —stand in her way.
For the first time ever in a live action VR piece, audiences will be immersed in the ideal representation of a world in motion. To create the experience of landing directly in the middle of a scene, the team at Felix & Paul Studios placed the studio’s proprietary VR camera on a cable-cam, remotely controlling its every movement, as well as seamlessly integrating stunning visual effects & animation by Industrial Light & Magic.
“Integrating live action filmmaking with visual effects and animation to deliver a seamless, immersive experience for the audience was no easy feat,” said Paul Raphaël, co-founder and creative director at Felix & Paul Studios. “Each unique chapter of Jurassic World: Blue highlights how 3D, 360-degree experiences can create a visceral, emotional cinematic experience for users. The new Oculus Go headset is the ideal vehicle to bring this fascinating new form of entertainment to a mass audience.”
Chapter 2 of Jurassic World: Blue is now available for Oculus Go, Oculus Rift and the Gear VR. Each of the two virtual-reality experiences was captured and produced using Felix & Paul Studios’ full-spectrum VR platform, including the studio’s proprietary, state-of the art cameras and pre- and post-production software suite.
“25 years ago, this franchise broke new ground in cinematic experiences and technical achievements, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see it realized today in VR with the incredible visuals and immersion that Jurassic World: Blue delivers,” said Colum Slevin, Head of Experiences, Oculus. “With the recent launch of Oculus Go, and both chapters now available across multiple devices, we’re excited that fans around the world will be able to enjoy this iconic series in a whole new way.”
“Seeing the fantastic reactions to the first episode means audiences will probably lose their minds when they find themselves in the middle of a dino fight in this next episode. All of the hard work by Felix & Paul Studios, ILM, and Oculus has certainly paid off and we couldn’t be happier,” said Austin Barker, EVP, Universal Pictures Creative Content.
Jurassic World: Blue is the much-anticipated follow-up to 2015’s highly acclaimed VR experience Jurassic World: Apatosaurus, co-produced by Felix & Paul Studios, Universal and Oculus.
About Felix & Paul Studios
Felix & Paul Studios is an EMMY® Award-winning immersive entertainment studio, creating virtual, augmented and mixed reality experiences of the highest quality. The studio combines technological innovation with a unique, pioneering and in-depth approach to the new art of virtual reality storytelling—creating ground-breaking original cinematic experiences (MIYUBI, Nomads series, Strangers, The Confessional, Space Explorers) and collaborations with existing franchises (Jurassic World, Cirque du Soleil, Fox Searchlight’s Wild, Isle of Dogs) and world-renowned personalities and leaders (President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, LeBron James, President Bill Clinton).
The company is the world’s only full spectrum VR studio, showcasing end-to-end creative and technological know-how and proprietary tools within one company—including best-in-class spherical 3D camera systems, production and post-production software and processes, and specialized audio capture, design and processing through its Headspace Studio division.
With its headquarters in Montreal, Canada and offices in Los Angeles, CA, Felix & Paul Studios has a highly experienced team of over 60 VR specialists and is backed by Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec, Comcast Ventures, Investment Quebec, OMERS Ventures, and the Phi Group.
Oculus is a team at Facebook that builds virtual reality (VR) hardware and software to let people experience anything, anywhere, with anyone. The Oculus platform is currently available on three headsets—the PC-powered Oculus Rift, the standalone headset Oculus Go, and the mobile Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus. They provide the most immersive VR experiences available, from games and movies, to 3D 360 videos and beyond.
About Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.
When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Stars Pratt and Howard return alongside executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. They are joined by co-stars James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall and Isabella Sermon, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles.
Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), the epic action-adventure is written by Jurassic World’s director, Trevorrow, and its co-writer, Derek Connolly. Producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley once again partner with Spielberg and Trevorrow in leading the filmmakers for this stunning installment. Belén Atienza joins the team as a producer. http://www.jurassicworld.com
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