U.S. non-fiction network National Geographic announced its first foray into the realm of virtual reality (VR) with a 12-minute documentary short project from The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow and VR creator Imraan Esmail.
In partnership with Here Be Dragons (formerly Vrse.works) and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the tentatively titled The Protectors will look to expose the dangers faced by rangers protecting African elephants from ivory poachers.
The VR experience will provide users with insight into the lives of rangers charged with patrolling the national parks of the Democratic Republic of Congo and saving these mammals from extinction. According to National Geographic Channel, more than 30,000 African elephants die each year at the hands of poachers.
Producers on the short are Patrick J. Milling-Smith, Megan Ellison and Kathryn Bigelow. Annapurna Pictures’ Matthew Budman, Samantha Scher and Priya Swaminathan serve as executive producers alongside National Geographic Studios’ Jeff Hasler and Bengt Anderson.
Story courtesy of realscreen