The virtual reality-themed International Space Station series, “Space Explorers: The ISS Experience,” just got an Emmy.
The creators Felix & Paul Studios and Time Studios received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Interactive Program. The series, created using exclusive footage of eight astronauts working aboard the ISS, had aired in 2020, split up into four parts.
It was shot over two years with specially designed cameras to curate scenes with a central focus point. The viewers could swivel their view to look around through their virtual reality headsets even as the film progresses.
“I was completely blown away by how I felt like I was back in space, and since I got back [to Earth] in the middle of April this year, I’ve been yearning and missing that feeling, so it was incredible,” said NASA astronaut Jessica Meir. “I didn’t want to take it off. I wanted to just stay there, floating in the Cupola and looking out the window and remembering what it looks like.”
This is the third time the studio has been bestowed with the prestigious television award, following “The People’s House: Inside The White House With Barack and Michelle Obama” and “Inside the Box of Kurios.”
“We use this medium to take people to places they cannot go,” said Félix Lajeunesse, co-founder and creative director of Felix & Paul Studios. “For us, that doesn’t necessarily mean creating a fully interactive experience where we ask audiences to press buttons and do other such things as in a game. We remain on the side of a cinematic experience, where what we really try to do is nurture a sense of presence for our audiences.”
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