Surround Vision: VR and AR specialists

Surround Vision are an award-winning 360° and VR film studio based in London. We create outstanding VR experiences and our team includes some of the most experienced VR producers and directors in the world delivering across a range of formats:

Original VR documentary
Volumetric capture for VR & AR delivery
Sports & branded VR filmmaking
Charity and NGO’s

Our approach is simple. Mixing intimacy and scale using state-of-the-art 360° video and spatial audio techniques to craft high-end VR experiences.

We pride ourselves on maximising engagement by delivering impactful and beautiful content for a range of broadcasters and barands. Current productions include Google’s ‘The Female Planet’ and Sky VR’s ‘Blue Economy’.

Climate Changers: Meet the Surround Vision Team

Richard Nockles, Surround Vision, Climate Changer

Richard Nockles

Executive Producer

Founder of Surround Vision and VR Creative Director at Sky VR studios. An award winning writer and director he’s produced films for the UN, SKY, BBC, Channel 4, as well as developing VR experiences for a number of platforms and devices. A creative technologist at heart, Richard sees immersive technology as the perfect opportunity to craft a new style of storytelling and uses VR and AR to take audiences into the heart of the story.

Mitch Turnbull

Producer

Mitch Turnbull is an award-winning documentary film producer and director with over twenty years experience in the US and the UK. She has made films and media content for a variety of different broadcasters, studios and organisations including the UN, BBC, Disneynature, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery and The Royal Foundation (The Duke of Cambridge). Mitch is a BAFTA VR Advisory Associate and a South West Creative Technology Network Immersion Fellow.

Mary Matheson

Director

A pioneering VR director developing groundbreaking 360 documentaries. Mary sees VR as a revolutionary new medium to create a unique empathy between the viewer and the characters in her films, using intimate documentary techniques to bring the audience into the heart of a narrative. From day one her work with Surround vision has been a beautiful collaboration of emotion and cutting edge technique. breaking the mould as one of the first specialist directors in VR.

Richard Steggman

Director Of Photography:

Richard is a VR industry pioneer who has been pushing the boundaries of 360 production techniques for the last 7 years. His calm professionalism has ensured a number of ground-breaking projects were delivered under difficult situations, including ‘Growing a World Wonder’ for the UN, ‘Mamies Dream’ for Plan International where grip and cameras were pushed to the limit. With 20 years experience in broadcast Richard loves finding ways to bring ideas to life.

Dan-Stankowski, Surround Vision

Dan Stankowski

Director & Head of Interactive

An award winning games developer with a passion for immersive storytelling from the prestigious National Film & Television School in Game Design. Dan crafts interactive experiences for high-end clients such as SKY, Channel 4 and The National Theatre as well as charitable organizations like The Childrens Society to change the emergent immersive landscape. using interactive formats to challenge, excite and inspire the user with the hope of eliciting real change in the world.

Surround Vision: Examples of success

The Female Planet:

Google

A five-part series showcasing young women from around the world who are breaking the boundaries in their professions. The series mixes 360 live action with CGI graphics to immerse audiences into the world of these inspiring women. Contributors include:

Gina Rodriguez – actress, ‘Jane the Virgin’ TV
Inna Braverman – clean energy entrepreneur
Tiera Fletcher – NASA engineer
Ibtihaj Muhammad – Olympic athlete
Vidya Vox – Musician & YouTube star

Aamir:

National Theatre

A Surround Vision original following a 22-year-old refugee, Aamir, who, whilst escaping the threat of murder in Sudan, begins a journey across Sudan, Libya, the Mediterranean, Italy and France. Set in the Notorious ‘Jungle’ in Calais, the film highlights the plight of refugees trapped in Europe.

After kickstarting the project, Surround Vision were approached by Toby Coffey of the National Theatre who was interested in collaboration. The VR film has since toured around the World.

Mammie’s Dream:

Plan International

A 360 documentary following 22-year-old Mamie’s world in Sierra Leone. We see what it’s like for a young girl who dreams of becoming a teacher, but has to fight against Forced Genital Cutting and expectations she should drop out of school.

The film was first shown at a 200-person fundraising dinner. The success of the film in creating empathy, led Plan to continue using the film to raise both money and awareness for their campaign.

Growing a World Wonder – United Nations:

Project concept

The plan was simple – Create a VR film that would transport world leaders to the frontline of desertification in Senegal. Digital agency ‘VentureThree’ and the UN approached Surround Vision to create the ground-breaking film ‘Growing a World Wonder’ about the communities who were coming together to tackle Climate change along the ‘wall’.

Great Green Wall

The Great Green Wall is an incredible, generation-defining project setting out to stop the Sahara encroaching into the savannah lands by planting a wall of trees 8000 km long across central Africa. The UN wanted to create a film that would showcase and ultimately raise funds for the project during the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, November 2015.

Distribution

Premiered at 2015 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 21), utilised at various events, including Rio Olympics 2016, to raise awareness about deforestation in southern Africa. iOS, Android and Gear VR apps as well as social media platforms.

Growing a World Wonder: Results

Awards & Festivals

Best Documentary – 360 Film Fest

Shortlisted – Social Impact Media Awards Awards

‘Growing a World Wonder is a
compelling demonstration of the power of VR in influencing global decision making.

Further to last year’s global climate summit where
Surround Vision’s film premiered to world leaders and heads of international development agencies.

4 billion (USD) was subsequently pledged
to advancing the Great Green Wall, an African led initiative which aims to transform millions of lives by growing an 8000km natural wonder of the world across the entire width of Africa.’

Alexander Asen,
Public Campaign Manager,
Great Green Wall Initiative,
UN Convention to Combat Desertification