A new live action virtual reality (VR) experience, The Click Effect, has today launched on Vrse. Following its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival as part of the ‘Virtual Arcade’ exhibition, The Click Effect is now available to all via a Google Cardboard viewer.
The Click Effect follows two renegade marine science researchers as they attempt to capture the “click” communication of dolphins and sperm whales in a freedive a hundred feet below the ocean’s surface, with only a single breath. One of the first VR films to be shot almost entirely underwater, The Click Effect includes 360 degree footage of face-to-face encounters with bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales, humpback whales, and giant sperm whales. Based on Nestor’s book, DEEP, The Click Effect was created by Sandy Smolan and James Nestor and shot in The Cayman Islands, Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, and Hyeres in the Mediterranean Sea.
Presented by Annapurna Pictures and Vrse.works, The Click Effect is the first VR film published as part of The New York Times Op-Docs series and the first project in a series of immersive journalism experiments commissioned by the Sundance Institute, with the support of the MacArthur Foundation.
Viewers will be able to watch by downloading the Vrse app (Apple iTunes, Google Play and via Oculus Home for Gear VR) and view with Google Cardboard compatible VR head-mounted display (HMD). VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest 360 degree film productions from Vrse.Works.