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

We have finished production and are currently completing post-production. 

  How often do you get to explore other worlds? (Still image taken from 360º video collected at Blue Holes in Palau.)

How often do you get to explore other worlds? (Still image taken from 360º video collected at Blue Holes in Palau.)

  Marine biologist Dr. Erika Woolsey presenting on the use of VR for ocean education at the 2018 National Geographic Explorers Festival.

Marine biologist Dr. Erika Woolsey presenting on the use of VR for ocean education at the 2018 National Geographic Explorers Festival.

 Filming at the California Academy of Sciences

Filming at the California Academy of Sciences

 Rick Miskiv and Erika Woolsey with manta rays

Rick Miskiv and Erika Woolsey with manta rays

 Erika Woolsey presenting at Palau high school (filmed with the Yi Halo)

Erika Woolsey presenting at Palau high school (filmed with the Yi Halo)

 Rick Miskiv filming moorish idols with the VRTUL2

Rick Miskiv filming moorish idols with the VRTUL2

 Manta rays surrounding dive team member, Matt Boyle

Manta rays surrounding dive team member, Matt Boyle

The Team

  Erika Woolsey, PhD:  Executive Producer  Erika is a marine biologist,  a National Geographic Explorer,  and CEO of the Hydrous. She has been exploring coral reefs for over 15 years and is devoted to ocean science education.

Erika Woolsey, PhD: Executive Producer

Erika is a marine biologist, a National Geographic Explorer, and CEO of the Hydrous. She has been exploring coral reefs for over 15 years and is devoted to ocean science education.

  Jason McGuigan:  Director of Land Based Photography, Producer, Post-Production Supervisor  Jason is a virtual reality specialist and the Chief Creative Officer of  Horizon Productions , with over 20 years of production experience.

Jason McGuigan: Director of Land Based Photography, Producer, Post-Production Supervisor

Jason is a virtual reality specialist and the Chief Creative Officer of Horizon Productions, with over 20 years of production experience.

  Rick Miskiv:  Director of Underwater Photography, Producer, Special Consultant for Palau & Dive Operations  Rick is a photographer / filmmaker, designer, educator, and the founder of  22 Degrees , an eco-minded outdoor gear company.

Rick Miskiv: Director of Underwater Photography, Producer, Special Consultant for Palau & Dive Operations

Rick is a photographer / filmmaker, designer, educator, and the founder of 22 Degrees, an eco-minded outdoor gear company.

 
  Csilla Kozma Andersen:  Producer  Csilla is a VR/AR producer who has worked on multiple immersive experiences, including Disney Star Wars: The Last Jedi, One Republic music video Kids, and Heroes art dance piece.

Csilla Kozma Andersen: Producer

Csilla is a VR/AR producer who has worked on multiple immersive experiences, including Disney Star Wars: The Last Jedi, One Republic music video Kids, and Heroes art dance piece.

  Casey Sapp:  Production Advisor, VR Camera Developer  Casey is the creator of the first Underwater 360 3D cameras and has been a leader in underwater production since 2015.

Casey Sapp: Production Advisor, VR Camera Developer

Casey is the creator of the first Underwater 360 3D cameras and has been a leader in underwater production since 2015.

  Matt deJohn:  VFX Advisor  Matt is a VFX Supervisor specializing in VR/AR and stereoscopic 3D. He has been involved with groundbreaking VR experiences and helped design the leading underwater VR camera system.

Matt deJohn: VFX Advisor

Matt is a VFX Supervisor specializing in VR/AR and stereoscopic 3D. He has been involved with groundbreaking VR experiences and helped design the leading underwater VR camera system.

 The production team. Back row (left to right): Vaughn Hester, Okorie Puryear, Jason McGuigan, Andrea Murchie, Erika Woolsey, Rick Miskiv, Richard Barnden, Paul Collins, Matt Boyle. Front row (left to right): Csilla Kozma Andersen, Cecilia Dobner, Bob Concannon, and Dave Greenberg. Not pictured: Pete Niesen and Glenn Bucksbaum.

The production team. Back row (left to right): Vaughn Hester, Okorie Puryear, Jason McGuigan, Andrea Murchie, Erika Woolsey, Rick Miskiv, Richard Barnden, Paul Collins, Matt Boyle. Front row (left to right): Csilla Kozma Andersen, Cecilia Dobner, Bob Concannon, and Dave Greenberg. Not pictured: Pete Niesen and Glenn Bucksbaum.

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