Want to know what marine plastics looks like from the perspective of a jellyfish? Then you will have to see the new virtual reality film “Drop in the Ocean” which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York today through May 4.
The film essentially shrinks the viewer down to the size of a jellyfish as the jelly winds its way through an ocean that is mired in plastic pollution. The film allows full freedom of movement in an interactive VR experience. It comes at a time when the equivalent of a truckload of plastic enters the world’s oceans every minute, killing more than one million marine bins and 100,000 marine animals every year.
“Every year, 18 billion pounds of plastic waste ends up in our oceans. Our oceans are drowning in plastic pollution,” Executive Producer and Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan said in a statement released to the media. “While the world is waking up to this global crisis, this project truly helps us to see and feel the impact on all of the ocean’s living creatures. We need to move fast in order to save them and the waters that sustain life on Earth.”
The film will open May 2019 to the general public at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The film, narrated by Philippe and Ashlan Cousteau is built around the photo archive of Peter Parks, an Academy Award-winning micro-photographer. the California Academy of Sciences, Earth Echo, Gold Panda, Mimic, Target 3D and Thinc Design all contributed to the making of the film.
For more information, visit https://www.conservation.org/drop