THE ARK VR
The Ark is a virtual reality documentary about the most endangered species on the planet: the northern white rhinoceros. Only four of these lonesome creatures remain on the planet today. The Ark offers a way to know these animals—to be in their presence—even in the event of their extinction.
Shot in California and Kenya, The Ark tells the parallel stories of the American scientists and African rangers who are struggling to protect and preserve this disappearing species. The project is made possible by the Tim Hetherington Trust, who awarded Jongsma + O'Neill the inaugural Tim Hetherington Visionary Award, and by the generous support of the Kickstarter community.
THE ARK VR
"This documentary allows viewers to get up close to the last surviving members of a critically endangered species, inventing a revolutionary new use case for VR in the process: The ability to revisit things that may not be around for much longer."
"Like Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams — a documentary that uses 3D to give viewers an approximation of what it's like to spend time looking at the 32,000-year-old cave paintings in France's Chauvet Cave, which has long been closed to the public — The Ark is poised to be a valuable cultural document in its own right, establishing a permanent record of an animal that's almost gone."
"O'Neill and Jongsma, the recipients of the Tim Hetherington grant, employ a ton of interesting aspects including a sci-fi-ish soundtrack and a totally innovative screen-splitting technique to bend reality in new ways. Expect more interesting things from these two in the future as we continue to experiment in the grammar of storytelling in virtual reality."
The Ark VR
Eline Jongsma and Kel O'Neill's The Ark is a revolutionary virtual reality project that puts viewers face to face with the last northern white rhinos.