Somnium Space hosted groundbreaking episode of ZDFneo’s ‘Doppelhaushälfte’ filmed live in its Metaverse.

Somnium Space
4 min readApr 27, 2023
Official Trailer of ZDFneo “Doppelhaushälfte” Episode “Meta” Filmed Live in Somnium Space Metaverse

PRESS RELEASE, 27th of April, 2023. Prague / London / Berlin

Somnium Space, the leading metaverse for social interaction and immersive experiences, is honored to have been the chosen virtual world for the filming of the ground-breaking ZDFneo comedy series “Doppelhaushälfte”. The second season of the series features a unique episode “Meta,” which takes place entirely in the Somnium metaverse and sets new standards in German fiction as the worlds first TV series to venture into virtual reality world.

The episode features the Sawadi-Kröger and Knuppe families attending a virtual art opening, exhibiting the work of Mari’s brother Brian.

“All of the buildings and places featured in the episode were actual creations of our users, and everything was filmed live, without any post-animation or other tricks” says Artur Sychov, Founder & CEO of Somnium Space.

Shots from Official Trailer of ZDFneo “Doppelhaushälfte” Episode “Meta” shot inside Somnium Space. Cameraman: Tilo Hauke

The cast and crew of “Doppelhaushälfte” were faced with new and unique challenges of navigating virtual reality world, with actors wearing VR glasses, headsets, controllers, and full-body trackers to control avatars specially designed for the series. The real life camera team had to learn how to operate a Somnium Space VR Tablet camera and has successfully recorded all movements in real-time, with digital avatars and cameras, and extras (Somnium community members) from around the world gathered at the virtual locations to participate in the project. More than 200 hours of footage has been recorded inside Somnium Space across 4 full days of recordings.

Watch this MRTV episode featuring Artur Sychov from Somnium Space talking about this episode:

Watch official Behind the Scenes video:

Official Behind the scenes of ZDFneo “Doppelhaushälfte” Episode “Meta” Filmed Live in Somnium Space

The filming of “Doppelhaushälfte” in Somnium Space was a testament to the creativity and innovation of our users, who created an immersive and realistic world that made the filming of this groundbreaking episode possible without a need of building additional virtual sets. As Somnium Space, we are very proud to have been a part of this pioneering project and look forward to continuing to offer our users new and exciting ways to experience the metaverse.

Special thanks to our beloved Somnium community: ISG, Oasis Metagames, Denevraut, TheRealCuberPunk88, CrazyNici, Metaveo, Snailstrip, Blake Hotz, Artific and our whole community! Also additional thanks to Somnium development team!

Additional special gratitude to Sebastian Ang from MRTV who overlooked the whole production from the technical and VR standpoint helping to coordinate teams and technology together.

Dennis Schanz directed the series, and he co-wrote the screenplay with Christoph Mushayija Rath. “Doppelhaushälfte” is produced on behalf of ZDFneo by ICONOCLAST Films, with ZDF editorial supervision by Lucia Haslauer and Melvina Kotios.

The second season of “Doppelhaushälfte” can be seen starting Friday, April 28, 2023, 10:00 AM, in the ZDFmediathek, and from May 9, 2023, 9:45 PM, every Tuesday in double episodes on ZDFneo. The sixth episode “Meta” will air on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 10:10 PM, on ZDFneo.

Official ZDF press release

TV Series press portal

About Somnium Space:

Somnium Space is the world’s first open, social and persistent Virtual Reality platform built on blockchain. Its unique decentralized NFT based economy allows users to own, trade and exchange digital items in a permission-less way. It is a Virtual Reality universe shaped & built entirely by its players!

About ZDF:

ZDF is a German public-service television broadcaster based in Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate. Launched on 1 April 1963, it is run as an independent nonprofit institution, and was founded by all federal states of Germany. ZDF had the highest market share among TV channels in Germany in 2022 with 14.5 percent.

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