The Ark VR
The Ark (Tribeca Film Festival 2016) is a revolutionary virtual reality project that puts viewers face to face with the last three northern white rhinos on earth.
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 the most endangered animals on the planet. The project is made possible by the Tim Hetherington Trust, who awarded Jongsma + O'Neill the inaugural Tim Hetherington Visionary Award.
Download the Hulu VR App for Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift here to experience The Ark today.
"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."