Moonraker VFX secures £500,000 funding for immersive content
Bristol-based VFX studio Moonraker VFX has secured half a million pounds in funding from Creative England to produce its own original immersive, 3D content for theatres in science museums and planetariums around the world.
Moonraker has a long history as a creative partner in large screen projects for museums and attractions, including the recent Thea Award winning Fram Museum in Oslo.
The funding from Creative England will enable the production of a ‘Moonraker Originals’ – an IMAX film with spectacular visuals and immersive 3D moments as audiences witness meteors flying past them or volcanoes erupting right before their eyes.
Simon Clarke, creative director at Moonraker, commented: “As a VFX studio, we have the technical tools and expertise to realise moving images that are often hard to capture in camera. This gives us an edge to take the audiences to worlds they could never imagine – so why not package this with a great story into our own film.”
While the initial two year project will be produced for the big screen, Moonraker anticipates spin offs in other formats to include television, augmented reality and flying theatres.
Creative England empowers and invests in creative companies nationwide and their funding has been an essential component to make this a reality for Moonraker and they will have a significant input during the project. Jon Grafton, Managing Director of Moonraker, commented, “We’re delighted to be working with Creative England on this project. They will be highly invested and proactive in helping us move forward and will be important partners on the journey.”
Clarke added: “This is a hugely exciting time for Moonraker and the funding by Creative England is a real opportunity for us to drive forward our own original content and have a lot more creative and editorial control.”