2018 Digital Storytelling Contest, Immersive Storytelling, 1st prize

Under a Cracked Sky


The New York Times

Plunge beneath Antarctic sea ice to dive with seals, swim through ice caves and glide over a rocky seabed crawling with life.

Under a Cracked Sky is part of The Antarctica Series — four virtual-reality films from The New York Times about science on the least understood continent. The film was narrated and photographed by two divers at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, who conduct research in some of the clearest and coldest water on Earth.

The film was produced with logistical support from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Antarctic Program.

Production team

    Narration/underwater cinematography: Rob Robbins 
    Narration/underwater cinematography: Steven Rupp
    Producer/additional narration: Jonathan Corum
    Producer: Graham Roberts 
    Surface cinematography: Evan Grothjan
    Post production: Yuliya Parshina-Kottas
    Colorist: Shawn King
    Dive tender: Amy Moran 
    Diver: Jeff Bozanic
    Diver: John Hiene
    Diver: Brenda Konar
    Diver: Christian McDonald