Space Explorers: The ISS Experience
Filming VR In Microgravity
In December 2018, TIME and Felix & Paul Studios launched virtual reality cameras—built to operate in microgravity—to the International Space Station. Since then, filming has documented astronauts from several countries in their daring missions more than 250 miles above Earth, capturing life in space as viewers have never truly seen before, and culminating in the first-ever spacewalk in cinematic virtual reality.
Join Sebastian Sylwan, CTO of Felix & Paul Studios, as he shares insights from one of the most ambitious VR projects ever undertaken. Learn the background of how this partnership came to be, before diving into the technical challenges of capturing cinematic virtual reality on the ISS. How do you direct a scene in such a tight and constrained place, especially while down on Earth? How can you transfer terabytes of data from the cameras to Mission Control? And finally, what does it take to build and operate cameras that can capture a spacewalk?