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Discovery, Google to launch VR series “Discovery TRVLR”

Discovery Communications and multinational tech company Google have announced the launch of an immersive 38-episode series titled Discovery TRVLR. Produced by Discovery VR and Google’s VR team, the seven-part experience will drop ...
October 4, 2017

Discovery Communications and multinational tech company Google have announced the launch of an immersive 38-episode series titled Discovery TRVLR.

Produced by Discovery VR and Google’s VR team, the seven-part experience will drop users into the lives of locals across all seven continents of the globe. Discovery TRVLR will enable viewers to feel as though they are actively engaging in each environment by exploring varying cultures, traditions and life-threatening quests in 360-degree video.

The first chapter of the series will roll out Nov. 3 across YouTube and DiscoveryVR.com, and on the Discovery VR app.

Each chapter of the series will explore a different continent. Chapters for North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia consist of six episodes each, while the chapter for Antarctica features two episodes.

In a release, Discovery said that episodes will center around such locals as “the Guru, the Renegade, the Entertainer and the Explorer, who will share the unique rituals, traditions and quests that encompass their culture.”

Addison O’Dea directs the episodes filmed in North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe. They were produced by digital studio Here Be Dragons.

Episodes filmed in Antarctica were directed by Barry Pousman and produced by Yes Please Thank You.

Emmy-winner Saschka Unseld was creative producer for the series.

“Discovery’s viewers look to us for innovation and expect to be taken places that satisfy their desire for exploration and adventure,” said Rebecca Howard, senior VP of emerging platforms and partnerships at Discovery VR, in a statement. “Like Discovery, Google’s VR team shares a passion for VR storytelling and we are thrilled to partner with them on Discovery TRVLR, our most ambitious endeavor to date.”

“TRVLR extends the equivalent of 38 dinner invitations from fascinating places all around the globe – sent by people and tribes that one would never be able to visit on any normal journey,” added O’Dea. “The series goes far beyond the traditional observation documentary by using virtual reality to embed viewers within the intricacies of local life, carefully revealing the stories of these far-flung communities and the people that inhabit them.”

The trailer for Discovery TRVLR can be viewed below:

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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