Hello Blender Artists!
This is my first post here, I have been a long time reader/lurker already though…
I have been spending a significant amount of my time/life working on a community built open hardware and free software high end cinema camera that is completely modular and upgradeable. I will continue to spend time on the camera in the future as well. You might have stumbled upon the AXIOM project before - if not: https://www.apertus.org/axiom-beta
So I am an open source and open hardware enthusiast from the bottom of my heart.
But in retrospect I actually never wanted to build a camera, I wanted to make films with accessible tools that brought joy to the process, but let’s just say that one thing led to the other
So I worked on various film projects (many documentaries for national broadcasters, some cinema projects, corporate/promo films) for various companies in the last decades creating animations, working in production (camera) and post production.
Last year a we (small team) started preparing something new: a community collaborative open movie project that creates a science based utopia world about the future of humanity and “escapes” the rectangular projection screen immersing the viewer in a 360° 3D virtual reality.
We were able to secure a grant from the Austrian ministry for Arts & Culture.
About Our Earths
It feels like we have collectively given up regarding doing something against the climate crisis and all the implications it has on biodiversity, our ecosystems and all our lives. The science has been clear for decades but politicians have just recently started prominently announcing ambitious goals to limit global temperature rises at climate conferences. But the reality is that CO2 emissions are rising further faster and the increase will continue to grow. Constant news of the crisis picking up speed like polar ice caps melting faster than ever anticipated or temperatures hitting levels never recorded for this time of the year before have numbed us to a level that we just accept this as new reality.
With Our Earths we will show that a bright future is still possible. We are creating a future world showing how humanity has solved all the problems we are facing today. What will such a world look like? How will we live, how will we travel, what will we eat and what jobs will be left when AI and robots have taken over most of the things we occupy ourselves with today? When will we raise our view towards the stars and space exploration entirely?
Of course we will also show what the peak of the climate crisis will look like and how it will turn vast areas of our planet into uninhabitable wastelands forcing billions of people to leave their homes, constant extreme weather events, collapse of entire ecosystems and resulting global food shortages, wars, etc. included.
These future worlds are being created by an international community of scientists and experts in their fields creating simulations and evidence based forecasts. We want to build the project on broad international scientific and interdisciplinary consensus. No “science fiction”, a “science vision”.
The VR experience though is not meant to just be an unemotional display of the future - we want to immerse the viewers in all aspects of this world - give them a chance to touch and feel it. We want to shock the audience, we want to give hope and create compassion - make the audience feel and fear with the people of these future worlds. A full cinematic audiovisual immersive experience!
The works by melodysheep have been a great source of inspiration for us (sorry forum wont let me post more links - just look for melodysheep on youtube).
The project is executed as an open movie using blender for all 3D animations and we will release all assets we create in the course of the project freely - of course also the finished VR experience will be made freely available on as many VR platforms and systems (file download as well).
We got a wonderful director of photography (DOP) on board: Roberto Schaefer, who DOPed among many projects: James Bond: Quantum of Solace, Geostorm, The Host, Stranger than Fiction, The Kite Runner and also worked on Westworld, etc.
Currently our creative team is relatively small and we want to grow it but currently we are still in the middle of above mentioned scientific research. I wanted to reach out here early though and ask for your feedback and ideas.
I will check this thread regularly for replies and will also regularly post project news and developments here through the course of the project.