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Oceanides at Royal Caribbean

A daring underwater cinematic spectacle

2019 - Worldwide

Royal Caribbean International challenged Moment Factory to push their long-term collaboration to new cinematic heights with a depths-defying entertainment experience.

  • Producers Guild of America | Finalist for the Innovation Award, 2021

Renowned for its cutting-edge entertainment offer, Royal Caribbean International commissioned Moment Factory to raise the stakes with a breathtaking, underwater sequel to Dance in a Box, a short film created over the course of our long-term collaboration. Presented on its new cruise ship across six massive, robot-mounted LED screens, called Roboscreens, Oceanides takes its precursor to unprecedented depths with an aquatic journey produced and filmed using a custom-built water tank.

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To pull off this creative and technical challenge, the team constructed an airtight box the same size as the screens to create the illusion that human-scale performers are swimming inside each of them. To harness the theatrical potential of the robotic screens, the tank’s rotations were captured with a motion-controlled camera engineered to emulate the screen’s tilts and movements. All special effects were created on set, including choreography synchronized to follow shifts in gravity amongst tropical fish, small alligators, and crocodiles.

Oceanides tells the story of a pearl diver who encounters oceanic nymphs in her search for treasure. Featuring an original score, the story draws inspiration from the Ama, Japan’s legendary female free divers who have scoured the ocean floor for pearls for thousands of years.

Oceanides was produced in collaboration with Sailor Productions.

CREDITS MOMENT FACTORY TEAM: Aaliyeh Afshar | Annie Leclerc-Casavant | Basile Buisson | Benjamin Le Talour | Carolyne Shapiro | Catherine Grenier | Catherine Lamontagne-Poirier | David Richard | Eduardo Teles de Andrade | Emily Raine | Emmanuel Bastid | Esteban Chacin | Francis Clement | François Desrochers | Geneviève Mousseau | Gregory Stankowski | James Richardson | Jonathan Chammas | Jordi Gauthier | Julien Demers-Arsenault | Lucy Rybicka | Magalie Desrochers | Marine Scelin | Martin Girard | Mathieu Grainger | Mathieu Monnier | Maxime Grenier | Myriam Dechamplain | Patrice Bilodeau | Ryan Marshall | Sakchin Bessette | Vincent Letellier