Happy Finish, in partnership with director and photographer Norbert Schoerner, has created a 360º Virtual Reality experience to celebrate a genius of cinema for the new exhibition at Somerset House, “Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick”.
Invited to respond to a film, scene, character or theme from the Kubrick archives, shining new perspectives onto his legacy, we set our brains to daydream how best to bring Kubrick’s work to life. This master filmmaker was a genius, way ahead of his time, we admire not only his storytelling but also how he pioneered, embracing new technologies, from Steadicam to NASA satellite lenses. We work at the intersection of creativity and technology, and as we enter a new dawn where AI is coming of age, it was clear cut choice that we based our piece on 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Virtual Reality is all about immersion and offering a new perspective; we want viewers to live a scene as if they were present, and offer a new and lasting experience. The opportunity to give visitors to the Daydreaming exhibition the chance to live the scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey, where Dr. Francis Poole runs vertically through the circular centrifugal space of Discovery One made perfect sense. It’s not just about having a presence in the scene but also about a new sensation. We place the audience in the skin of the astronaut. Enabling the viewer to look around freely and experience the scene in angles not possible before. Audio plays an essential part in our piece; offering greater immersion, we used the heavy breathing and classical audio tracks that will automatically take you to 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Happy Finish CG artist, Martin Ocheng, recreated the scene: “After studying the video footage of the centrifuge scene, I started creating the environments and later focused on the lighting and textures. The whole process went quite smoothly, but the main challenge was to find enough information from the original images to recreate all angles accurately with as much detail as possible.”
Norbert Schoerner, photographer and co-creator of the experience, adds: “This is the fourth project I have created in my ongoing relationship with Happy Finish and yet again they have exceeded my expectations with an experience to help me celebrate this iconic filmmaker at Somerset House. The creative team at Happy Finish was an integral part of the process and keep pushing the boundaries of new technologies.”
This 360º VR installation, called “Das Problem der Befahrung des Weltraums” referring to the eponymous 1929 book by H. Noordung, is part of the Somerset House Exhibition “Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick” and will be on display until the 24th of August.