Title: The Click Effect
DIR: Sandy Smolan
Country: USA | RT: 5m15s
Production Company: Vrse.works / WITHIN
Follow two marine researchers as they freedive deep below the ocean’s surface on a single breath to capture the “click” communication of dolphins and sperm whales, the world’s largest predator. Presented by Annapurna Pictures and Vrse.
New Frontier, with the generous support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, commissioned a series of immersive journalism experiments which explore the craft of reporting through the medium of Virtual Reality. Click Effect – the first project selected for this commission – is a collaboration between Vrse.works, Producer Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, journalist James Nestor and filmmaker Sandy Smolan. It is a live-action, immersive VR experience, in which we follow two renegade marine science researchers as they attempt to free-dive a hundred feet below the ocean’s surface in a single breath to capture the “click” communication of dolphins and sperm whales – the world’s largest predators.