ECOSPHERE – the 180° Virtual Reality Natural History Conservation Series narrated by Anna Friel is launched

ECOSPHERE ventures to astonish audiences with the world’s best in VR technology, natural history storytelling and conservation filmmaking.
PHORIA, an award winning immersive technology studio, today announced the worldwide online release of ecosphere, their groundbreaking VR nature documentary series produced in partnership with Facebook’s Oculus, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Silverback Films. The series is narrated by Emmy Award winning actress and WWF Ambassador, Anna Friel, and will be available to experience on Oculus Quest and Oculus Go VR headsets via the ECOSPHERE App.

The 3 x VR films, within the ECOSPHERE App, are telling the Our Planet narratives through both wildlife footage and through people on the ground, who are putting conservation solutions into practice.
“Immerse yourself in the wildest places on earth and discover how humans are working together to protect our most precious wildlife. Explore the great savannahs of Kenya, discover the ancient jungles of Borneo and dive into the rich coral reefs of Raja Ampat. Encounter elephants, orangutans, manta rays and some incredible humans, all in stunning cinematic Virtual Reality (VR).”

60 minutes Total Run Time
3 x 15 minute (approx) episodes
5-10 minute onboarding, navigating & download times

See 2D Trailer:

See full article on Natural History Network:

It was filmed on specially made cameras of which there are only 4 in existence, and Oculus let Silverback put 2 of them in touching distance of elephants and orang-utans!



Anna Friel commentary recording in lockdown



The camera





Orangutan meets the camera
Lion meets Camera


Manta Ray meets camera