A five-part series by natural history TV legend Sir David Attenborough will launch this week on Oculus TV. The series is titled “Micro Monsters with David Attenborough” and it will focus on the little lives of arthropods.
This is not the first time that Sir David Attenborough has dipped his toes in the pool of VR, he has taken part in many different VR experiences over the years.
Originally released in 2013, the VR version of the series was produced by a joint collaboration of Oculus and the UK based VR and AR production studio, Alchemy Immersive. There are five episodes and in each you will get a unique glimpse into the tiny but still astounding worlds of the creatures, from scorpions to spiders, centipedes to ants, each episode will provide a colourful look at miniscule animal world.
The episodes are titled:
- The Duel at Dawn – Dive into the deadly world of scorpions.
- The Mighty Makers – Discover the natural worlds of ants and aphids.
- The Trap Door – Uncover the secrets of the Trap Door spider and the Bombardier beetle.
- The Feast and Flight – Discover the life cycle of a butterfly.
- The Deadly Lullaby – Discover how hypnotic Portia spider can attack a spider twice her size.
In a statement from Facebook, Eric Cheng, the Head of Immersive Media at Oculus wrote, “Micro Monsters pioneers the next generation of immersive storytelling The series’ combination of incredible narratives, best-in-class 3D quality and spatial sound, sets a new quality bar for immersive-video experiences in VR. It’s hard to describe the feeling one gets when they are shrunk down to the size of a beetle, confronting the prospect of becoming a meal for a giant praying mantis!”
In the same announcement, Elliot Graves, the Director of Alchemy Immersive wrote, “We’re so excited to share this breath-taking and education-enriching experience that demonstrates the true potential of live-action VR. The genuine sense of presence you’ll feel inside these micro-worlds couldn’t be achieved through any other story-telling medium.”
The series was filmed with 3D stereoscopic cameras and 180-degree live action capture. It will be available in 8K on the Quest 2 and 5K on the Quest.