The Click Effect
Created by Sandy Smolan & James Nestor for Sundance New Frontier, The MacArthur Foundation, and The New York Times
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. The Click Effect – the first project selected for this commission – is a collaboration between Here Be Dragons, 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.
The Click Effect premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and followed with another viewing at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
Here Be Dragons, New Frontier, The MacArthur Foundation, The New York Times, Annapurna Pictures
Sandy Smolan, James Nestor
Megan Ellison, Chris Milk, Patrick Milling-Smith, Tamsin Glasson, Bill Medsker
Priya Swaminathan, Samantha Storr, Sammy Cher
Director of Photography
Fabrice Schnöller, Fred Buyle
McKenzie Stubbert, APM Music