‘Deadliest Catch’ Now Has VR Experience
Discovery Channel is bringing more people to it’s large viewing base of the show Deadliest Catch. Here’s the “catch” though… they’re bringing more Deadliest Catch viewers in by offering a slew of virtual reality adventures.
One of the adventures is called ‘Experience Life as a Crab on the Wizard. That particular adventure puts the viewer on the table on a crab fishing boat that’s called The Wizard. The members of the crew are going through what they just caught. The Captain of the ship, Captain Keith Colburn narrates the experience for the viewers.
VR Experiences Being Released Soon
The virtual reality experiences are set to be released on DiscoveryVR.com and also on Discovery Channel’s Facebook page and the Discovery VR apps which are available for Android and iPhones. Paul Pastor, the Group Executive Vice President of Strategy, Revenue and Operations for Discovery, said, “Deadliest Catch pushes the limits of our captains, crew and production, and virtual reality — while sometimes challenging to shoot — is a uniquely special way to place our fans directly in the heart of the action.”
There are three more virtual reality experiences for Deadliest Catch that are set to be released. All of the experiences are going to be on either The Brenna A. or the Wizard. The virtual reality experiences will include locking crab pots, a virtual “conversation” with crew members and much more. All of the virtual reality experiences will be available by some point this May 2016.
Challenges During the Filming Process
The four virtual reality experiences were filmed during the winter by using a 6 camera GoPro VR rig which is weatherproof.
David Reichert, the Director of Photography for Original Production (a series production company), said, “We have certainly had our challenges with camera rigs breaking and incorrect set ups, but I think the most challenging thing when working with these on the boats is having them right in the action. We are learning where [the camera rig] can be to get great shots — not be in the way of the fishermen and not get smashed by some of the heavy equipment. We now are even working to get some shots underwater. Next year we will take what we have learned this year to do a much bigger VR effort.”