From the deepest oceans to the darkest forests to the highest peaks, 'BiosphereVR' is a pioneering project using a series of seven short, 360-degree, immersive films, also known as Virtual Reality (VR), to take viewers to places on the planet where climate change is having an impact.
Created and developed by FOX MEDIA
Developed in cooperation with by DRTV (Denmark), YLE (Finland), NRK (Norway), UR (SVT) Sweden. Backed by The Danish Foreign Ministry, The Danish Ministy of Education, Den Küngliga Tekniske Högskolan (Swe), The Danish Association of Film Directors among others.
Partners: Biosphere Pictures (Sweden)
Throughout the last century, our biosphere has been affected by human activity in ways that we do and do not understand. The most dramatic effect is the accumulation of carbon dioxide that has happened over the last several decades--a result derived mainly from human consumption of fossil fuels. Today, we have the technology to understand that the concentration of CO2 has increased noticeably since the dawn of modern industry.
In this interactive experience, multiple chapters from across the globe are woven together to form a series of short episodes where users are immersed in a variety of different environments to witness, first-hand, the causes, the effects and the delicate, majestic ecosystems that are feeling the effects of climate change. In each episode, students will be tasked with observations to make, evidence to uncover, photographs to take and reports to write.
Each episode is narrated by an indigenous person from that geographic territory, who will act as guide, mentor, and storyteller. The viewer is immersed in the role of a research scientist, examining everything in each new environment - exploring such diverse topics as geology, biology, physics, climatology, chemistry and social anthropology. In addition to scientific exploration, the viewer will also hear stories of heartbreak and triumph told directly to them by the native people who have witnessed first-hand the changes in the lands they call home. Combining global and local, fact and discovery, story and science, the viewer explores their world by immersing themselves in wondrous places that are under threat and hearing the tales of local people.
The episodic structure of the project allows for the films to be used as either stand-alone trips in support of other information or activity, or as modules forming the centrepiece of a singular overview of climate change.
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Fox Media film - My Private Submarine - has become relevant again
The 33-tonne heavy-duty submarine Nautilus is currently the focal point of the spectacular crime scene where the 30-year-old journalist Kim Wall has disappeared sporadically and the Peter Madsen is imprisoned to stand behind her disappearance in connection with a trip to the home-built vessel. He pleads not guilty.
Now, Nautilus is in Copenhagen's North Harbor, but when Nautilus was launched from the B & W foundation in May 2008, there was a different party: dancers in sailor costume and horn music, and a Danish inventor who was up and running and deeply moved.
In the movie 'My Own Submarine' made by Fox Media Documentaries, you see Peter Madsen's second home-built submarine, Kraka, floating among the other ships following the launch of Nautilus. Seeing her floating alone becomes too much for Peter Madsen, who breaks in tears in front of the camera.
"When I see Kraka today, I feel bad. It's not her day. She is very special to me ..., he says, stopping because the voice breaks.
“Last Saturday she was the Queen, today she is only the little sister. And I cannot help thinking: What it's like to be submarine and only be second in command.
Let's see if Nautilus can float”, he says in the movie.
The documentary film is made by Robert Fox and has been premiered on Danish National TV among others. You can watch a trailer from the movie in the player above the article. The whole movie can be seen here.
Fox spent a span of 100 days with Peter Madsen and his team and saw how he collapsed when he saw Kraka.
- He's identifies completely. He personalizes the submarines and sees them as small children. That happens when you are 100 pct focused.
Fox saw a man who was extreme thoughtful and entrepreneurial.
"My perception of him is that he is very focused on his goals. He wakes up every morning with a long checklist of what to do. And he gets incredibly disappointed if you do not fit into the plan. He cannot relate to things that are not in his plan, and he is often disappointed with people, says Robert Fox.
In the film you can watch archive recordings from Peter Madsen's inventions, the parties, the launches, the rocket tests and the art and performances with the submarine in the center.
Backed by the A.P Møller Foundation & Ministry of Education, Denmark.
There are 27 million unemployed in the EU. Many young people never experience to be included in society. A massive amount of people are being valuated as "not qualified".
Is it not time that we start considering if we are on to the right track, socially. Is is about time to upgrade the system?
Maybe some innovative thinking could help the situation? Fox Media Documentaries thinks so.
Created and developed by FOX MEDIA Supported by the Ministry of Education and the A.P. Moeller Foundation.
What if we instead of defining deifferent as being unique?
What if we started to say that discovering qualities in human beings is not a matter of fitting into a form, but a matter of using the challange of fitting the form to the unique individual and being open to the gift this challenge bid us?
In a series of three films we will show you examples of how well this approach works within a competetive structure.
In our first episode we focus on a theatre trup in Copenhagen - "Happy" where the plays are adapted to the actors uniqe expressions, letting the orginality be the ressource, instead of the problem.
The results are theatre that blows alll conventions and present plays so orginal that establiced film directors and theatre people seek inspiration whenever the theatre performs a new play. The social ecconomic theatre competes along side the "normal" theatres and are reviewed as they are. As a supplement to the films Fox Media developes unique digital learning materials for all gymnsasiums in Denmark. Here the pupels are placed in situations where they need to apply innovation to turn social challenges into new possibilities that is humanly dignified and and open a new scope for future possibilities seen from a global perspective.