BELLA GAIA Virtual Reality Experience

Kenji Williams - BELLA GAIA

United States
Mixed Reality Award

A 5minute VR Experience that brings the most immersive platform yet of BELLA GAIA - A Poetic Vision of Earth from Space.

BELLA GAIA is an unprecedented audiovisual experience that combines NASA satellite imagery of Earth, time lapse nature photography, and cultural heritage footage with stirring live performances of music and dance from around the world.

A “new form of experiential portal...to make a deeper connection with our beautiful planet” (Examiner)

Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life changing power of seeing the Earth from space, director-composer Kenji Williams’ award winning BELLA GAIA successfully simulates the Overview Effect  from space flight, by using NASA supercomputer data-visualizations with an “iridescent landscape of gossamer melodies and labyrinthine rhythms” (Nooga.com) to explore the relationship between humans and nature through time and space.
BELLA GAIA is "A stunning work of multimedia entertainment" (Phoenix New Times) with “haunting classical/world fusion music ... creating a mesmerizing spectacle that should not be missed”  (Huffington Post)

"Sublime" (Village Voice)
"Discover what it’s like to be an astronaut"  (Washington Post)
"Out of this World"  (USA Today)
“Awe-Inspiring”  (Examiner)

BELLA GAIA shows you how humans and nature are connected, and how art and science are connected. Itʼs an exploration of the relationship between human civilization and our ecosystem through time and space.”
- Kenji Williams, BELLA GAIA Founder & Director

Directions:
1. Go to the Vimeo Link and click on the "Download" link
2. Select "Original" 3840 × 2160 / 1.099GB file and download to your computer
3. Add "_360" to the end of the file name (e.g. BELLAGAIA_360.mp4). 
4. From your computer, copy the videos to your:

  • Phone's internal storage (Phone): /Movies
  • Phone's removable SD card (for Note 4 Innovator Edition):/Oculus/360Videos/

On a PC: your phone's storage can be accessed from Windows Explorer by simply plugging in the USB data/charging cable - no software is required.
On a Mac: files can be transferred to your phone using Android File Transfer (https://www.android.com/filetransfer/), which is a free utility provided by Google.

The next time you launch Oculus Videos, your videos will automatically appear in the My Videos section.

Oculus page: ​https://support.oculus.com/help/oculus/1044498395609952/

Hardware and Software Used:

Uniview After Effects Fulldome Plugin

BELLA GAIA Virtual Reality Trailer