Moonraker VFX, an award-winning Creative Studio, has launched its first original film for the Fulldome market. Moonbase: The Next Step, an immersive 4k Fulldome film, is set to take viewers on an inspiring and breath-taking lunar experience. A journey that will push scientific and technological advances to the limit.

Narrated by former NASA astronaut Nicole Stott, the film has been a year in the making and sets a new benchmark for licensable films in the Fulldome sector, combining Moonraker’s award winning creative vision and passion for Science and Natural History television with their extensive experience in immersive Visitor Attractions.

Moonbase: The Next Step will place viewers in an immersive environment that realises the sheer scale of the Moon itself and the immense task of working and living in such a hostile environment as we embark on the next chapter of space exploration.

Moonraker’s decision to take their expertise into the Fulldome market was a natural next step having delighted audiences in television and large screen formats with aspiring VFX content for series such as Netflix’s Ancient Apocalypse and BBC’s Frozen Planet 2.  The new film leans on the studio’s wealth of experience in immersing audiences in worlds that can’t be filmed on camera.

Simon Clarke, Co-founder and Creative Director at Moonraker, commented; ‘As a studio, we’ve thrived on the creative challenge that comes with breaking into a new market. Combining the two elements of cinematic visuals and the dome screen can be incredibly powerful – not only enhancing the storytelling experience but immersing visitors in breathtaking worlds of astronomy and planetary science that feel almost tangible. We’re looking forward to stretching the boundaries of what’s possible in this space’. 

While this project will be produced for Planetarium audiences, Moonraker is already planning spin-offs in other formats, to include Television, Augmented Reality and Flying Theatres. 

Jon Grafton, Co-founder and Managing Director at Moonraker, comments; ‘This is an incredibly exciting milestone for the business and having the ability to create our own licensable content is a core part of a growth strategy’. 

For more information or to watch the exclusive trailer visit Moonbase: The Next Step.

Tanya Combrinck
Author: Tanya Combrinck

Tanya is a writer covering art, design, and visual effects. She has 15 years of experience as a magazine journalist and has written for publications including 3D World, 3D Artist, Computer Arts, net magazine, and Creative Bloq.