Featured 360°: NASA, The Arrival and Heroes from Sundance

Featured 360° is an ongoing series to highlight some of our favorite videos from creators and brands for you to enjoy during the week. For this week’s installment of Featured 360°,  explore NASA’S newly discovered planetary system, take a step inside the Arrival’s other worldly spacecraft and get up close and personal with the dancers from Heroes.

NASA VR: On the Surface of Planet TRAPPIST-1d

“This 360-degree panorama depicts the surface of a newly detected planet, TRAPPIST-1d, part of a seven planet system some 40 light years away. You can explore this artist’s rendering of an alien world by moving the view using your mouse or your mobile device.”

This depiction of the newly discovered Earth like planetary system is based on NASA’s latest scientific data. Look around and see if you can spot the sister planets as bright points of light in the dark sky. Each world is roughly in Earth’s size range, in terms of both mass and diameter. Further observations will be needed to determine whether any of these worlds may be habitable, but it sure is cool to see it in 360°!

Arrival VR

Reel FX drops viewers into hazmat suits and into a mysterious spacecraft to get up close and personal with the aliens in a new, fully CG, 360° experience with Paramount Pictures and Viacom NEXT for this 8-time Oscar-nominated film Arrival.”

Step inside the alien ship that was the centerpiece The Arrival. The Reel FX team leveraged development models and images from Production Designer Patrice Vermette and Set Decorator Paul Hotte, both nominated for an Oscar for their work on the film, to maintain the elegance of the film and the integrity of the mythical linguistics at the core of the plot. Whether its working with the ink symbols used as a means of communication in the film or the development models, Reel FX did an amazing job compositing key moments from The Arrival into this under 2-minute VR ad.

HEROES: A Duet in Mixed Reality

“Presenting HEROES, A Duet in Mixed Reality – A full 360°, Virtual and Augmented reality dance experience set to the iconic song Heroes by David Bowie

Experience dance like you’ve never seen it before! HEROES stole the show at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival New Frontier and continues to move and mix reality. The piece begins in VR, then opens up into mixed reality using the Microsoft HoloLens. This 360° version gives you the VR portion of the performance as you dance and chase the dancers in the beautiful Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA.

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