Digital Domain is giving the world a 360-degree view of the tastiest waves in Tahiti, courtesy of a new deal with the World Surf League (WSL).
Digital Domain is shooting immersive video of Billabong Pro Tahiti, the seventh of 11 stops on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, which runs through Aug. 30. Viewers will get a virtual beachfront view of the action featuring first-person footage, 360-degree close-ups and Q&As with the surfers.
Founded in 1993 by James Cameron, Stan Ross and the late Stan Winston, Digital Domain has won four Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects (“Titanic,” “What Dreams May Come,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”). Headquartered in Playa Vista, Ca., with offices in Vancouver B.C., it is now a division of Hong Kong-based Digital Domain Holdings, whose chairman of the board and executive director is Peter Chou, who, as co-founder and CEO of the mobile technology firm HTC, spearheaded the development of the HTC Vive, a consumer-priced VR headset.
Digital Domain Holdings also owns a controlling stake in virtual reality content studio IM360, a co-venture it launched with Canadian VR tech firm Immersive Media (IMV) in April 2015. In December, the company purchased a 53.9% stake in IMV for $38.9 million, adding to the 12.8% of IMV it owned through an earlier strategic investment.
IM360’s projects include the “Blank Space” 360-degree music video by Taylor Swift, the 2015 International Champions Cup (ICC) China soccer tournament, a boxing match between David “Hayemaker” Haye and Mark “The Dominator” di Mori and immersive videos for the TBS talk show “Conan.”