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With a combination of footage sourced and filmed specifically for the project, we built a 6 minute ambient video environment of seascapes and stories, both above and below water, for the Pacific Voyages exhibition in the Tower gallery at Te Papa.

The installation was designed to bring the scale and feel of the Pacific Ocean inside the exhibition space, and at the same time introduce several narrative themes explored elsewhere in the exhibition and in the core Te Papa experiences: a giant octopus is chased by Kupe on his great voyage, boiling lava explodes into islands, and Maui fishes up the North Island.

The stunning special visual effects were produced on our Maya computer animation programme, and various other image compositing platforms were used to enhance and tie together footage from both archive and purpose filmed sources (including extensive underwater filming), and to create seamless transitions from ocean to sky.