Thin Ice VR

“Shackleton’s goal was to save his men from Antarctica.
The goal now is to save Antarctica from man.”

An immersive historical-recreation documentary experience in VR, Thin Ice is a collaboration between animation studio Monkeystack and explorer Tim Jarvis, who in 2013 successfully and authentically recreated Sir Ernest Shackleton’s epic crossing of the Southern Ocean.

It presents a very compelling and personal story of endurance and exploration, and highlights just how Climate Change has impacted the area since Shackleton’s epic expedition one hundred years ago.

A technical artist on this project, my contribution (among a range of VR-friendly material and particle effects) was to use Unreal’s visual scripting language ‘Blueprint’ to develop a significant portion of the logic that controls the experience.

For more information, check out the official website.

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