Stephen Hawking VR tour of the universe will launch in 2020 and go worldwide | attractionsmanagement.com news
POST YOUR JOB ONLINE
Free ezine/digital edition sign up
Jobs   News   Features   Video    Products   Profiles   Magazine   Handbook   Advertise  
NEWS
Stephen Hawking VR tour of the universe will launch in 2020 and go worldwide
POSTED 23 Apr 2019 . BY Andy Knaggs
"This whole thing is from Hawking's mind and it's incredibly exciting."
– Anthony Geffen
An immersive experience for museums which takes people on a 20-minute virtual reality tour of the universe, and is narrated by the late Professor Stephen Hawking, is due to launch next year.

The project was a collaboration between Hawking and Atlantic Productions, the company behind a number of award-winning productions, including numerous David Attenborough documentaries among other projects.

Atlantic Productions was founded by former BBC documentary maker Anthony Geffen in 1992, and has since gone on to produce stunning works of art for television, the big screen and the museum sector, using cutting edge immersive technologies in its storytelling.

Speaking to Attractions Management, Geffen revealed that the Stephen Hawking VR project will be delivered through a series of pop-ups across Britain early in 2020, before being distributed to museums worldwide.

"Before his death, Stephen recorded the narration of his journey," said Geffen, speaking to Attractions Manageent. "In this experience, he's going to take you through space, sharing his thoughts as you explore. To me, that's extraordinary. It's like being able to get into Da Vinci's head.

"Once you're immersed in the experience, you'll feel like you're flying through space and can actually choose where you want to go. This whole thing is from Hawking's mind and it's incredibly exciting."

Geffen also predicted that immersive storytelling will have a big part to play in the future for the museum sector as a way to create "life-changing experiences". It will not matter if it is VR or AR or some other reality, he says. People will just want the experience to be entertaining.

Geffen and Atlantic have worked recently on a project with the Field Museum in Chicago, US, where virtual reality screens were erected next to a real Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. "The narrative of the experience is something that immerses you, both in the bones and in the story at the same time," he said, adding that museums are a very important medium for his company, setting a challenge to take content to a younger audience in a more interactive way.

To read the full article see the Issue 1 2019 edition of Attractions Management here.
Atlantic has worked on several high profile projects, including documentaries with Sir David Attenborough
Anthony Geffen set up Atlantic Productions in 1992
MORE NEWS
Getty Museum challenges followers to recreate works of art at home
Staff at the Getty Museum have come up with a novel way to engage with their visitors during the ongoing pandemic – by asking them to recreate famous works of art at home.
Merlin postpones opening of Legoland New York to 2021
Merlin Entertainments has announced that its upcoming Legoland resort in New York, US, will now open in 2021.
Mary Rose Museum faces £2.2m funding shortfall as chief calls for increased independent museum support during COVID-19 crisis
Helen Bonser-Wilton, CEO of Portsmouth's Mary Rose Museum, says the attraction, along with the rest of Britain's independent museums are in "mortal peril" unless the government and heritage organisations act soon.
Expo 2020 Dubai likely to postpone until 2021 due to COVID-19 outbreak
Expo 2020 Dubai has announced that it will likely postpone the event by a year in the wake of the COVD-19 outbreak.
+ More news   
LATEST JOBS
Recruitment Manager
Merlin Entertainments Group
Salary: Competitive
Job location: 2 Locations Available | Chessington - Basingstoke , United Kingdom
Curator
Sea Life
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Orlando, Florida, USA
Duty Manager - Retail
Legoland Discovery Centre
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Concord, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
Head Aquarist
Sea Life
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Mooloolaba QLD, Australia
Technical Manager
Madame Tussauds
Salary: Competitive
Job location: New York, NY, USA
General Manager
Legoland Discovery Centre
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
+ More jobs  

COMPANY PROFILES
Red Raion

Founded in 2014, Red Raion is the CGI studio specialized in media based attractions. [more...]
IAAPA EMEA

IAAPA Expo Europe is owned and produced by IAAPA, The Global Association for the Attractions Industr [more...]
QubicaAMF UK

QubicaAMF is the largest and most innovative bowling equipment provider with 600 employees worldwi [more...]
Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976. Polin has since grown into a leading company in the waterpa [more...]
+ More profiles  
FEATURED SUPPLIER

Healthy appetite for investment at EAG International 2020
A buoyant EAG International has welcomed in the new decade as a well-rounded event with high levels of optimism and positivity on the show floor. [more...]
VIDEO GALLERY

Red Raion - Trailer Peter Pan - Saving Tinkerbell VR
Red Raion is the CGI studio specialized in media based attraction. Find out more...
More videos:
Trailer Aladdin - The Bachelor Party VR – Red Raion
Trailer Pinocchio - A Modern Tale VR – Red Raion
Miko and the Spell of the Stone - Movie Trailer – Red Raion
+ More videos  

CATALOGUE GALLERY
 

+ More catalogues  
DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

06-08 Apr 2020

World Travel Market Africa

Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
08 Oct 2020

VAC 2020 (The Annual National Conference of Visitor Attractions)

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, United Kingdom
+ More diary  
LATEST ISSUES
+ View Magazine Archive

Attractions Management

2020 issue 1


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2019 issue 4


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2019 issue 3


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2019 issue 2


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management News

06 Apr 2020 issue 153


View on turning pages
Download PDF
View archive
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Handbook

2019


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription
 
ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
 
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT NEWS
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2020
Jobs   News   Products   Magazine
NEWS
Stephen Hawking VR tour of the universe will launch in 2020 and go worldwide
POSTED 23 Apr 2019 . BY Andy Knaggs
This whole thing is from Hawking's mind and it's incredibly exciting.
– Anthony Geffen
An immersive experience for museums which takes people on a 20-minute virtual reality tour of the universe, and is narrated by the late Professor Stephen Hawking, is due to launch next year.

The project was a collaboration between Hawking and Atlantic Productions, the company behind a number of award-winning productions, including numerous David Attenborough documentaries among other projects.

Atlantic Productions was founded by former BBC documentary maker Anthony Geffen in 1992, and has since gone on to produce stunning works of art for television, the big screen and the museum sector, using cutting edge immersive technologies in its storytelling.

Speaking to Attractions Management, Geffen revealed that the Stephen Hawking VR project will be delivered through a series of pop-ups across Britain early in 2020, before being distributed to museums worldwide.

"Before his death, Stephen recorded the narration of his journey," said Geffen, speaking to Attractions Manageent. "In this experience, he's going to take you through space, sharing his thoughts as you explore. To me, that's extraordinary. It's like being able to get into Da Vinci's head.

"Once you're immersed in the experience, you'll feel like you're flying through space and can actually choose where you want to go. This whole thing is from Hawking's mind and it's incredibly exciting."

Geffen also predicted that immersive storytelling will have a big part to play in the future for the museum sector as a way to create "life-changing experiences". It will not matter if it is VR or AR or some other reality, he says. People will just want the experience to be entertaining.

Geffen and Atlantic have worked recently on a project with the Field Museum in Chicago, US, where virtual reality screens were erected next to a real Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. "The narrative of the experience is something that immerses you, both in the bones and in the story at the same time," he said, adding that museums are a very important medium for his company, setting a challenge to take content to a younger audience in a more interactive way.

To read the full article see the Issue 1 2019 edition of Attractions Management here.
Atlantic has worked on several high profile projects, including documentaries with Sir David Attenborough
Anthony Geffen set up Atlantic Productions in 1992
RELATED STORIES
FEATURE: People profile: Anthony Geffen


Documentary maker on using immersive technologies to create "life-changing experiences"
Stephen Hawking hailed 'beacon of inspiration', as London Science Museum pays tribute


London’s Science Museum has paid tribute to Stephen Hawking, calling the famous scientist a “beacon of inspiration” following his death.
London's Natural History Museum presents world-first VR experience with David Attenborough


London’s Natural History Museum has teamed up with Atlantic Productions and Samsung to bring a world-first virtual reality experience to the UK institution.
MORE NEWS
Getty Museum challenges followers to recreate works of art at home
Staff at the Getty Museum have come up with a novel way to engage with their visitors during the ongoing pandemic – by asking them to recreate famous works of art at home.
Merlin postpones opening of Legoland New York to 2021
Merlin Entertainments has announced that its upcoming Legoland resort in New York, US, will now open in 2021.
Mary Rose Museum faces £2.2m funding shortfall as chief calls for increased independent museum support during COVID-19 crisis
Helen Bonser-Wilton, CEO of Portsmouth's Mary Rose Museum, says the attraction, along with the rest of Britain's independent museums are in "mortal peril" unless the government and heritage organisations act soon.
Expo 2020 Dubai likely to postpone until 2021 due to COVID-19 outbreak
Expo 2020 Dubai has announced that it will likely postpone the event by a year in the wake of the COVD-19 outbreak.
U-turn in Shanghai as reopened attractions close again
After reopening a number of indoor attractions in Shanghai, China, after new coronavirus cases in the city dropped to zero, officials have ordered those attractions to close again, following a surge of new cases coming from overseas.
Iger forgoes salary and Chapek takes pay cut as Disney wrestles with COVID-19
Disney's executive chair Bob Iger will forgo his salary for the year, with the company's new CEO Bob Chapek also taking a 50 per cent pay cut.
+ More news   
 
COMPANY PROFILES
Red Raion

Founded in 2014, Red Raion is the CGI studio specialized in media based attractions. [more...]
IAAPA EMEA

IAAPA Expo Europe is owned and produced by IAAPA, The Global Association for the Attractions Industr [more...]
QubicaAMF UK

QubicaAMF is the largest and most innovative bowling equipment provider with 600 employees worldwi [more...]
Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976. Polin has since grown into a leading company in the waterpa [more...]
+ More profiles  
FEATURED SUPPLIER

Healthy appetite for investment at EAG International 2020
A buoyant EAG International has welcomed in the new decade as a well-rounded event with high levels of optimism and positivity on the show floor. [more...]
VIDEO GALLERY

Red Raion - Trailer Peter Pan - Saving Tinkerbell VR
Red Raion is the CGI studio specialized in media based attraction. Find out more...
More videos:
Trailer Aladdin - The Bachelor Party VR – Red Raion
Trailer Pinocchio - A Modern Tale VR – Red Raion
Miko and the Spell of the Stone - Movie Trailer – Red Raion
+ More videos  

CATALOGUE GALLERY
+ More catalogues  
DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

06-08 Apr 2020

World Travel Market Africa

Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
08 Oct 2020

VAC 2020 (The Annual National Conference of Visitor Attractions)

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, United Kingdom
+ More diary  
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2020

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT NEWS
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS