While most people in the US were preparing Fourth of July plans or on vacation, Nakuru Kuru Director Steve Engman and the film's low-light, VR time-lapse specialist Ben Canales were chasing stars in a remote area of Baja, Mexico. The two spent three sleepless nights testing camera systems and exploring what is possible with nighttime astrophotography and 360 videography.
The above shot is footage captured while on location, and even as a proof of concept in rough form, still conveys the vastness of space above us and proves capturing the milky way moving is possible in VR. The attention to detail and skill level required to pull the shot off, in the dark, while sleep-deprived was extremely high and we can’t believe the Nakuru Kuru crew pulled it off so well. We also can’t wait to see how this capture technique is used in the finished product to show just what is was like for protagonist John Ritter to navigate by star during his original passage.
Over the course of the next month, the entire Nakuru Kuru production team will return to Baja for an additional 10 days. They’ll continue to test camera limitations underwater, on land, and in the air before going into full production in the South Pacific.
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