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Buried in the Rock
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Buried in the Rock

Shehani Fernando
United Kingdom
2023
12 min
International Premiere
IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction, IDFA DocLab: Phenomenal Friction
Synopsis

Every corner of the world has now been mapped, from the remotest deserts to the highest mountains. Yet beneath the earth’s surface, accessible only through crevices, lies a largely unknown world. Speleologists Pam and Tim Fogg have helped reveal the wonders of these caves. The couple travel the world to guide crews in the making of natural history and exploration documentaries, such as the BBC series Frozen Planet and Seven Worlds, One Planet.

In the VR production Buried in the Rock, we descend with the Foggs to great depths, where darkness surrounds us like a velvet blanket. The speleologists talk about the geological information stored in the caves, the dangers associated with their work, and the tranquility they experience in places of total seclusion.

What makes this underground tour even more intense is the realization that any human presence in these caves disrupts an ancient natural balance, which means they must be protected from physical visits as much as possible. But through the power of VR you can still experience them, led by these two extraordinary guides.

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Credits
12 min
color
Digital file
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Shehani Fernando
    Shehani Fernando
Production
    Manuela Mesrie for ScanLAB Projects,
    Anetta Jones for ScanLAB Projects
    Manuela Mesrie for ScanLAB Projects,
    Anetta Jones for ScanLAB Projects
Key collaborator
    Tim Fogg,
    Pam Fogg
    Tim Fogg,
    Pam Fogg
Executive producer
    Matthew Shaw for ScanLAB Projects,
    William Trossell for ScanLAB Projects
    Matthew Shaw for ScanLAB Projects,
    William Trossell for ScanLAB Projects
Co-production
    Kylie Bryant for StoryFutures Academy,
    Michelle Rumney for StoryFutures Academy
    Kylie Bryant for StoryFutures Academy,
    Michelle Rumney for StoryFutures Academy
Technical artist
    Jacques Pillet for ScanLAB Projects,
    Max Celar for ScanLAB Projects,
    Tom Brooks for ScanLAB Projects,
    Soma Sato for ScanLAB Projects,
    Nicky Ovidiu Baiculescu for ScanLAB Projects
    Jacques Pillet for ScanLAB Projects,
    Max Celar for ScanLAB Projects,
    Tom Brooks for ScanLAB Projects,
    Soma Sato for ScanLAB Projects,
    Nicky Ovidiu Baiculescu for ScanLAB Projects
Sound
    Axel Drioli
    Axel Drioli
Sound Design
    Pascal Wyse
    Pascal Wyse
Music
    Pascal Wyse
    Pascal Wyse
Screening copy
    Anetta Jones for ScanLAB Projects
    Anetta Jones for ScanLAB Projects

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