Canadian Space Agency Collaborates with Toronto Startup DEEP inc. to Create Virtual Reality Documentary ‘The Edge of Space’

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DEEP Inc. has collaborated with Koncept VR and the Canadian (CSA) and French Space Agency (CNES) to document the launch of one of the largest stratospheric balloons ascending into near space.

The Edge of Space

The Edge of Space

“I wanted to make an immersive film that would take the audience to a place where humans rarely travel and give them a first person view of the earth.” Thomas Wallner, Director, CEO DEEP Inc.

The 11-minute virtual reality documentary titled ‘The Edge of Space’ was directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and founder of DEEP Inc., Thomas Wallner and shot by Joergen Geerds, inventor and founder of Freedom 360 and CEO of Koncept VR. On August 27, 2015 the balloon was launched in Timmins, Canada as part of the CSA’s stratospheric balloon program Stratos, in collaboration with CNES. The documentary, commissioned by cultural television channel ARTE, tells the unique story of this historical flight that reached an altitude of 40km and captured the first cinematic VR images of the earth shot in the upper stratosphere.

“I wanted to make an immersive film that would take the audience to a place where humans rarely travel and give them a first person view of the earth.” Thomas Wallner, Director, CEO DEEP Inc.

“Collaboration with the CSA and CNES engineers and scientists was an exhilarating experience”
Joergen Geerds, Director of Photography, Koncept VR

‘The Edge of Space’ was filmed with two custom spherical camera systems, one sported 15 cameras the other 6. The cameras had to survive near vacuum conditions and temperatures ranging from -80 to +50 degrees celsius. Both of the setups required heavy modification in order for the cameras to withstand the harsh environment of the upper stratosphere and still being able to capture the footage needed.

The film produced by DEEP in association with Koncept VR uses new techniques of storytelling that are bound to become part of the evolving language of cinematic virtual reality.

The documentary is available exclusively on ARTE’s new mobile app for 360/VR: ARTE360 and can be downloaded on iOS and Google Play Store.

About DEEP Inc: DEEP is a studio dedicated to exploring and defining the evolving language of cinematic VR. Led by multiple Emmy Award winning filmmaker and innovator Thomas Wallner DEEP’s aim is to create highly immersive, meaningful stories, utilizing cutting edge technologies.

To meet this challenge DEEP is evolving Liquid Cinema™ a suite of sophisticated proprietary players and tools that allows the authoring and distribution of story based cinematic VR content across multiple platforms and devices.

About Freedom360: Joergen Geerds, CEO of Freedom360 and Koncept VR was asked to help in the strategizing and execution of this piece. Joergen developed the first ever 360Rig, a camera mount to successfully film a fully spherical production. Freedom360 provides hardware solutions for filming a 360 degree production under nearly any shoot constraints. Koncept VR, a full service VR production house, provided the fine-stitching and post work to create this beautiful piece.
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About ARTE: Arte (Association relative à la télévision européenne) is a Franco-German TV network, a European channel, that promotes programming in the areas of culture and the arts. In December 2015, ARTE launched the first dedicated broadcaster platform for Virtual Reality experiences, ARTE360 that is powered by DEEP’s Liquid Cinema software.

About the CSA and Stratos: The Canadian Space Agency’s stratospheric balloon program Stratos was created in 2011 through the CSA's collaboration with the Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES). This program gives Canadian academia and industry the opportunity to test and validate new technologies and to perform scientific experiments at an altitude where only balloons can be operated. Stratos therefore contributes to the training and development of the next generation of Canadian engineers and scientists.

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