Into the Now VR
created by MICHAEL MULLER in collaboration with MICHAEL SMITH and MORNE HARDENBERG
produced by RSA VR & VANISHING OCEANS
score by HEITOR PEREIRA
“Into the Now VR” offers a unique look at our Oceans and the creatures that reside in it; from the variety of challenges facing our oceans, to capturing the most spectacular events in marine life, or as Michael refers to it, “the holy grails of diving.”
The story is told through the director’s personal journey of overcoming his deep fear of sharks by learning to dive without protection and cage-free with great white sharks.
The film series touches on the immense issues of climate change, pollution and overfishing while also serving as an extraordinary educational tool for viewers to experience the oceans firsthand through VR. This new medium immerses people in parts of the globe they may not have experienced and exposes them to creatures and adventures that they may never have the opportunity to see.
Michael Muller believes that, “People only protect what they love. To finally have a way to bring people along with me to witness nature in all its glory gives me a little hope that a seed will be planted in just one girl or boy. And that when they view this series, they’re inspired to go on to find the desperately needed solutions our planet faces.”
Through a special partnership with Stanford University’s Neurology department, the project is also part of an ongoing research project on the benefits of VR for people with PTSD, anxiety and other stress disorders. VR has been shown to alleviate many of the symptoms of PTSD and anxiety, making VR an invaluable therapeutic implement.
Michael Muller the director, hopes he can help open up our planet to new generations like Jacques Cousteau did for past generations.
ABOUT MICHAEL MULLER
Michael Muller established himself as a top celebrity photographer, and later transitioned into directing TV commercials. His passion is photographing marine life and in 2016, Taschen published Michael’s first book entitled Sharks, capturing sharks on film using the most powerful strobe in the world, one that Muller himself holds the patents on. This imagery evokes awe, emphasizing the necessity for protecting the oceans, with GQ Magazine raving Muller succeeds in portraying sharks “in all their sleek, gnashy, surreally beautiful glory.” “Into the Now” is Michael’s first film shot in VR.