Challenger Deep Expedition

As hectic as the world is, it's easy to forget about the areas of our planet that are isolated from everything, even life itself - And  few places are as mysterious as our own oceans. They’ve been a source of wonder for as long as humans have walked the earth, and as it still does today. Now however, we may get to know a little more.

The Mission

On the 5th of March 2021, explorer Hamish Harding successfully journeyed to the deepest depth known to man and in doing so, returned to the surface with not one, but two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS: The first full traversal of the Challenger Deep and longest duration spent at full ocean depth. Myreze had the special honour of creating an animated short film that takes viewers on a visual journey through this historic expedition that seamlessly blends the world of 3D animation with virtual reality. 

The Mission

On the 5th of March 2021, explorer Hamish Harding successfully journeyed to the deepest depth known to man and in doing so, returned to the surface with not one, but two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS: The first full traversal of the Challenger Deep and longest duration spent at full ocean depth. Myreze had the special honour of creating an animated short film that takes viewers on a visual journey through this historic expedition that seamlessly blends the world of 3D animation with virtual reality. 

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How Was It Made?

This animated film seamlessly blends 3D graphics with the virtual world, featuring the expedition’s communication director, Jannicke Mikkelsen, FNF taking the viewers for an underwater ride from inside one of MYREZ’s beautiful visual studio’s. Filmed in Myreze’s main office in Bergen, Norway, the video was created featuring the mission’s communications director, Jannicke Mikkelsen, explaining the story of the expedition within Myreze’s green screen set.

How Was It Made?

This animated film seamlessly blends 3D graphics with the virtual world, featuring the expedition’s communication director, Jannicke Mikkelsen, FNF taking the viewers for an underwater ride from inside one of MYREZ’s beautiful visual studio’s. Filmed in Myreze’s main office in Bergen, Norway, the video was created featuring the mission’s communications director, Jannicke Mikkelsen, explaining the story of the expedition within Myreze’s green screen set.

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The Animation

When speaking of how communication is possible in a location as extreme as the Challenger Deep, the film moves to a beautifully animated space scene following the trail of satellite comms to referencing space travel being more accessible than diving to the earth's deepest depths. The immersive scenes of Hamish’s descent are a great highlight. Along the way, larger than life infographics show the sheer scale of the incredible depths Harding and Vescovo reached, such as the visual of how much deeper the Challenger Deep is than Mount Everest is tall.

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New Discoveries

Harding probably had quite a few things on his mind down here at 10,925 meters, as apart from setting out to accomplish two world records, he also found new species of marine life with the collected samples being examined onboard the mission’s support vessel: The DSSV Pressure Drop for further analysis. After spending 4 hours traversing the entire length of the Challenger Deep, Harding begins his ascent to the surface with two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ under his belt and samples from the most isolated and mysterious location known to man.

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Summary

We’d like to give a huge thanks to One More Record for letting Myreze be a part of this historic moment and we congratulate Hamish Harding for his two successful GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS.  This once-in-a-lifetime experience has been one of our most exciting journeys to date and we are proud to unveil the result of merging Myreze’s virtual and 3D expertise with One More Record’s brave and groundbreaking effort to push the boundaries of exploration and scientific research. The expedition’s immersive magic captured in this film will hopefully inspire future explorers to do the same - It's been an unforgettable experience.

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