Lose yourself in the radically different world of wild dolphins as you follow graceful dancers into the deep ocean, surrounded by swirling, chattering, and squawking, at once familiar and unfamiliar. “Amongst” is the first film of a 3D trilogy, “So Close 3D”. It features 2015 Asia Cup silver medalist in static apnea, Yuki Kusachi with Kayoko Sawamura and a raucous pod of wild Atlantic Spotted dolphins. Shot on a 3D underwater camera rig devised by project director Benjamin Harley, the film was awarded Best Live Action Film in 3D Theater Session at the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XXVII.
Produced and Directed
Chisa Hidaka and Benjamin Harley
Benjamin Harley and Chisa Hidaka
|produced and directed||Chisa Hidaka|
|choreography and performance||Wild Atlantic Spotted Dolphins|
|music||“Rice Bowl” courtesy of Airplane Ears Music|
|composed by||Po-Chun Wang|
|performed by||Gamelan Galak Tika|
|Best Live Action Film in 3D Theater Session||Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XXVII conference, San Francisco, CA, 2016|
|2015||Topanga Film Festival, CA|
|LA 3D Movie Fest, Los Angeles, CA|
|2016||BCN Spports Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain|
|New York Japan CineFest, NYC|
|American Dance Festival, Movies by Movers, Durham, NC|
|Triskelion Arts Dance Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY|
|National Stereoscopic Association 3D-Con Tulsa, OK|
|POOL 16 International Dance Film Festival, Berlin|
|Salamanca Moves, Tasmania|
The Atlantic Spotted dolphins in this film are completely wild and free. We never feed or coerce dolphins, or attempt to interact if they are resting, feeding, or show any signs of annoyance or disinterest.
We are immensely grateful to each individual dolphin for sharing his or her time with us, and also to the scientists and explorers who have built a long term relationship with them. Special thanks to Captain Scott Smith, without whom this work would not be possible.
Heartfelt thanks to dolphin dancers Kathleen Fisher and Jillian Rutledge for the development of this work.