Bristol-based Moonraker VFX has secured £500k funding from Creative England to produce their own original immersive, 3D content for big screens across the globe.

Moonraker will create a dedicated team to produce a ‘Moonraker Originals’  IMAX film with spectacular visuals and immersive 3D moments as audiences witness meteors flying past them or volcanoes erupting right before their eyes.

Simon Clarke, Creative Director at Moonraker, commented; “As a VFX studio, we have the technical tools and expertise to realise moving images that are often hard to capture in camera. This gives us an edge to take the audiences to worlds they could never imagine – so why not package this with a great story into our own film.”

Moonraker has done extensive work in the natural history and science-doc genre, and the film will have the potential to appear on digital education platforms and link to the science curriculum.

While the initial two year project will be produced for the big screen, Moonraker anticipates spin offs in other formats, to include television, augmented reality and Flying Theatres.

Tim Evans, Head of Investment at Creative Growth Finance, commented, “We’re proud to be part of this incredibly talented and creative team’s story. We’ve been particularly impressed with the diligent way that they have responded to the Covid-19 crisis, and the quality of their creative product. The Creative Growth Finance Debt Fund exists to inject capital into established creative businesses to realise their growth plans and potential; our partnership with Moonraker follows a series of investments into ambitious and proven businesses making a name for themselves in the creative sector.”

Jon Grafton, Managing Director of Moonraker, commented, “We’re delighted to be working with Creative England on this project. They will be highly invested and proactive in helping us move forward and will be important partners on the journey.”

Simon Clarke, Creative Director at Moonraker, added; “This is a hugely exciting time for Moonraker and the funding by Creative England is a real opportunity for us to drive forward our own original content and have a lot more creative and editorial control.”

“Not only will this project create ongoing revenue through our immersive licensable 3D content for theatres across the globe, but the films will help showcase the Moonraker brand worldwide.”

Jon Creamer