Private Project

Out of the Blue

A child in Mexico inherits an unexpected future after his family of fishermen, facing ever shrinking catches, make a bold decision to change their fate. Their choice has a profound impact on both their environment and the education of the child. This VR experience dives into the story of a mother's love and the legacy she leaves to her son.

  • Sophie Ansel
  • Lauren Burmaster
  • Sophie Ansel
  • Amy Seidenwurm
  • Paula Cuelho
  • Sylvia Earle
    Key Cast
  • Judith Castro
    Key Cast
  • Christophe Bailhache
  • Christophe Bailhache
  • Marcelo Altieri
  • Sophie Ansel
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Feature
  • Genres:
    Conservation, Documentary, adventure, family, environment
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 20, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    45,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    360 VR
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Earth Festival ( Mojave Desert)
    United States
    Best VR
  • Calcutta Cult Film Festival

    Best VR Film
  • SXSW

    World Premiere
  • VR World Summit
    Runner for Social Impact Award
  • United Nations
    New York
    United States
    June 5, 2017
  • Cannes Festival - Film 's Market - NEXT - VR CORNER
    May 23, 2017
  • Movies that Matter

  • Life Art Festival
    July 12, 2017
Distribution Information
  • Oculus
  • Jaunt VR
  • Diversion Cinema
Director Biography - SOPHIE ANSEL

Sophie Ansel is a storyteller and adventurer, delivering stories through the medium of film, journalism, novels, radio and documentaries. She has a deep love for exploring different cultures and defines herself as a human rights and environmentalist advocate. Her many experiences in places all over the world have led her to discover values of courage, solidarity and nobleness in people deprived of power and of voice, yet armed with an incredible resilience and will to survive.
Sophie has investigated issues such as human trafficking and slavery in South East Asia and was one of the first journalists to campaign and denounce the genocide of the Rohingya in Burma within French media coverage. To denounce the atrocities of human trafficking and boat slavery, authority corruption and human rights violations against refugees, Sophie wrote graphic novel ‘Burmese Moons’, which will be released in 2017.
© Marcello Altieri
She has also written ‘First They Erased Our Name’ (original title ‘Nous les innommables, un taboo birman’), the biography of Rohingya Habib and an exploration of the genocide taking place against the Rohingya people, who she followed for six years from Burma to the detention centres of Australia. Sophie has also written ‘Forbidden Tears’ (original title ‘Les Larmes interdites’), the true story of a 4-year-old girl forced into resilience during the Pol Pot genocide. Sophie also wrote graphic novel ‘Burmese Moons’, which will be released in English in 2017.

After living and traveling in South East Asia for five years from 2001, Sophie birthed a great concern for the environment as a result of seeing the destructive activities of humans on the natural landscape as she explored oceans and tropical rainforest.‘I always believe I’m part of the population who has a power that the majority of people do not: I have a voice and I’d like to use it well. I want to give a voice to the voiceless.’
Sophie’s heart for human rights led to her desire to be as equally involved with the movement that aims to give a voice to nature, animals and the planet. In 2013 after time in Indonesia’s waters to qualify as a professional diver, Sophie joined several missions with the Ocean Agency to document the state of the ocean. She also worked for Ocean71 magazine following the work of scientists in American Samoa.
After directing TV reports for the French National Television in Indonesia, Burma, Cambodia and Thailand, Sophie co- produced with Seaview 360 a series of 5 films for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation in 2015 before working on the ‘Chasing Coral’ (Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2017) American film production in 2016 as a camera operator. She produced another film in Monaco with Seaview 360 before being selected to join the program VR FOR GOOD, launched by Oculus.

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Director Statement

“In this Virtual Reality film, Sylvia Earle invites viewers into an incredible journey through time from past to present inside the marine heritage of a fishermen community in Mexico, in the region of Baja California Sur. Here, we adopt the perspective of Judith, once a little girl who is now a mother belonging to this fishermen community of Cabo Pulmo. It is Judith’s son,Yerick, who will inherit this priceless legacy from his family: an ocean which is alive.
“My desire was to bring an immersive experience to the viewer, not only through space, but also through time. I’ve previously employed the use of cartoons to tell compelling stories and travel to areas which were difficult to access. The past is one of those places you
cannot revisit with a camera. By using animation, we are able to document this period and bring this story to life in a visceral and dramatic way.
“The film uses 360 degree creative spaces to take the viewer on a journey through the lives of a Mexican family of former fishermen.Viewers experience a wholly immersive space.The past is travelled through via animation, but in the present, the viewer flies through the town of Cabo Pulmo before diving into its underwater heritage with magical sea creature encounters, all thanks to 360 underwater technology, 360 drone technology and 360 topside technology.
“These technological storytelling devices brings the viewer into a completely new and innovative immersive experience by allowing them to explore in full 360 degrees the most hopeful and rich legacy left by a community to its children today.

“Their imagination is triggered through animated tales, and emotions are awakened when invited into the intimate relationship of a mother with her child. A 360 degree underwater experience allows the viewer to be closer to wild ocean animals than they’ve ever experienced before.
“Music, sound effects and voiceover accompany the intense, emotional and poetic experience of the viewer through the film to create a deep connection with the Castro family and allow the audience to feel first hand the challenges they’ve been through, as well as the choices they’ve made to allow positive change for the children of today and tomorrow.
“Yerick’s mother’s voice is like a love letter to her child which we, as outsiders, are privileged to hear and to feel. Her words go directly to your heart, while the environment we evolve into is astonishing. This is an intimate and moving experience to feel the emotions of a little girl, grown into a committed and loving mother, pass on a legacy to her child which has taken years of family commitment.
“As a director, creating a linear story in 360 requires the consideration of every choice a viewer has. Directing a feature documentary film in VR is completely different to a traditional format.This was a wonderful and exciting experience, with complete freedom given to creativity.This was a new opportunity to invent immersive content and to finesse and master the 360 space to ensure the viewer never misses an action or emotion. As with so many non-for-profit films, ‘Out Of The Blue’ relies heavily on the incredible generosity of the talents of many.
“Shooting ‘Out Of The Blue’ in Mexico and working with a team coming from all over the world (the US, France, Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Russia and Mexico) was a great privilege for me. The VR in this film allows each viewer to take the same journey our crew undertook ourselves with Yerick, his mother Judith and their community of Cabo Pulmo. Thanks to the sacrifice of this family and the power of Virtual Reality, we now are able to enjoy a unique reality and understand the benefits for each of us and for our children to make a small sacrifice in order to preserve one of the most precious things in the world. I am honoured to partner alongside such an inspiring family who have now become a model to the world of conservancy and an example to communities worldwide.”