CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT / STUDIO, REMOTE & LOCATION FILMING / SCRIPT SUPPORT / VISUAL-FX / 3D MODELLING / CGI / EDITING / ARCHIVE EDIT & TREATMENT / SOUND FX / ILLUSTRATION / ANIMATION / INTERVIEWS / PROJECTIONS / TOURING EXHIBITION AV DESIGN / SUBTITLES / FOREIGN LANGUAGE APPLICATIONS
SCIENCE FICTION: VOYAGE TO DISCOVERY
AY-PE designed 27 diverse AV exhibits for Science Museum's (London) most ambitious exhibition to date. With a balance of story-telling, science and experiential immersion, visitors are guided by an alien AI interface, as they board and explore a unique spaceship, scout an unknown planet, and investigate how scientists and science fiction creators have created new worlds, to better understand our own.
AV software multimedia design included: 12 x AI Guide new live actor / CGI blended films, 3D modelled CGI photo-real recreation of planet Earth in rotation through a 9 metre-wide projection, 2 x engaging animations demonstrating scientific ideas, 4 x new interview films featuring 5 world leading scientists & influencers, 8 x archive / existing footage films - all delivered within the visual FX 'wrapper' created by AY-PE to draw the media into the UI of the alien ship.
As an exhibition to be sold across the world - AY-PE also provided global licensing, touring adaptation and foreign language flexibility to the AV designs.
Client: Science Museum (Science Musuem Group)
Exhibition Design: Framestore
Hardware: White Light
Ready to leave Earth on the Pangalactic Starlines Cruiser, visitors are pulsed into the exhibition via an immersive shuttle experience. AY-PE created the window visual conceit of the craft readying for take off, with a launch into space, an orbit around the research vessel Azimuth (also 3D modelled, designed and sequenced by AY-PE) and a first encounter with the Azimuth’s AI Guide.
AI GUIDE & UI
Following the collaborative steers of the museum and exhibition designers, AY-PE concepted, cast, filmed, edited and post-produced the ship’s AI guide ALANN, a supportive yet inquisitorial character. A retro-modern, CGI motion graphic and VFX wrapper was designed as the ship’s 'interface', which appears across the exhibition AV.
Two bespoke animations were created to explore whether Warp Speed is possible and how we might know if aliens are contacting us. Both animations borrowed from the future-retro exhibition feel, whilst working with science expert ideas and text to distill complex physics into family-friendly explainers.
INTERVIEWS & EDITS
Four bespoke mixed media films were created incorporating in-studio and remote filming of scientists, experts and influencers. A multitude of media edits including sci-fi film, games and arts also extend the ship's collection of research assets further, all providing the viewer with snapshots of the breadth and diversity of science fiction.
AY-PE created a hyper-real view of Earth from space. 3D modelled, lit, painted, edited and perfectly timed to slowly rotate, it combines ultra real climate movements, ozone layer and interactions with the sun's reflection.
Projected across 9 metres to give a colossal view from the Observation Deck window, even astronaut Tim Peake has expressed joy at this CGI spectacle.
An interactive storytelling journey!