Non-Fiction VR: A Mediography
Non-Fiction VR is an emergent and rapidly evolving new medium for filmmaking that draws from - and builds upon - traditional forms of non-fiction, interactive media, gaming and immersive theatre. This website is compiling a detailed history of this new form of interactive experience. Our dataset currently contains 285 examples of non-fiction VR content released between 2012 and 2018.
How are we choosing what to include?
As an emergent medium, non-fiction VR is attracting highly experimental works that sometimes do not fit neatly into what might be considered 'traditional' filmmaking. Our search strategy is therefore deliberately broad, including organic search (english language), social media and the programmes of leading international film festivals. At this early stage in our research, we are including any VR piece that self-presents as non-fiction, or is referred to by a third party as a piece of non-fiction VR.
What themes are being explored in non-fiction VR?
According to our dataset, these are the themes that are being explored by non-fiction VR makers (weighted by frequency of occurrence). Select a theme to see the titles associated with it:
2015 Paris Attacks Aborigine Abortion Adventure Ageing Aleppo Amazon Rainforest Animal rights Apiculture Archeology Architecture Art Asylum Australia Autism Aviation Basketball Beavers Behind-the-scenes Berlin Blindness Calais Jungle Capitalism Cerebral Palsy Chernobyl Cinema Climate change Cochlear Implant Conservation Cuba Cults Cyber Warfare Cycling Dance Disaster Discrimination Dolphins Domestic violence Drugs Earthquake Ebola Ecology Education Engineering Entertainment Environment Epilepsy Ethnic cleansing Exploitation FGM Famine Female empowerment Ferguson Fiji Film Production First World War Food banks Foreign Legion Ganges Gaza Gender equality Gender identity Grand Canyon Hacking Hearing Heritage History Homelessness Human rights Indigenous peoples Infancy International Space Station Interview Ireland Ivory trade Jaguars Jewellery Korean demilitarized zone Language Library London 7/7 Attacks Loneliness Los Angeles Magic Mars Mental health Migration Military Mongolia Music Myalgic encephalomyelitis Myanmar NASA Nairobi Native Americans Natural disaster Natural history Nature Nepal New York Nuclear testing Oceanography Paleontology People smuggling Performance Policing Poverty Prejudice Prison Protest Racism Radicalisation Railway Recycling Refugees Rehabilitation Religion Renewable Energy Retrofuturism Robotics Rohingya Safari Science Scotland Sex Trade Sexual assault Sexuality Solitary confinement Somalia South Sudan Space exploration Speed Sport Sudan Surfing Syria Technology Terrorism Testicular Cancer The Holocaust Tibet Torture Tourism Travel UK Royal Family Virtual Reality Visual impairment Volcanos Voodoo Wall War & Conflict Water Womens rights Zoology
How much non-fiction VR content is out there?
Based on 285 titles catalogued so far, this chart shows how production numbers for non-fiction VR content have changed since the earliest known examples in 2012:
Film festivals and awards
Non-fiction VR is an increasingly visible fixture at leading international film festivals. According to our dataset, these are the most prominent non-fiction VR titles in terms of festival appearances and awards received:
|2016||Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness||Amaury La Burthe, Arnaud Colinart, James Spinney & Peter Middleton||3||6|
|2016||Home: Aamir||Erfan Saadati, Rufus Norris & Toby Coffey||3||2|
|2016||Home - An Immersive Spacewalk Experience||Kate Bartlett & Tom Burton||2||3|
|2017||After Solitary||Cassandra Herrman & Lauren Mucciolo||2||2|
|2017||Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon||Grace Boyle & James Manisty||2||1|
|2016||Behind the Fence||Jonathan Olinger & Lindsay Branham||2||1|
|2016||6x9: A Virtual Experience of Solitary Confinement||Francesca Panetta & Lindsay Poulton||1||5|
|2016||DeathTolls Experience||Ali Eslami||1||3|
Who is creating non-fiction VR content?
These are the most prolific directors / creators in our dataset*, weighted by the number of titles credited to them. Select a director to view their filmography, collaborators and awards.
Amaury La Burthe Andrew Somerville Angel Manuel Soto Ari Palitz Ben C. Solomon Benjamin Roffee Celine Tricart Charlotte Mikkelborg Chris Milk Cory Tran Danfung Dennis Darren Emerson David Darg David Gelb Eliza McNitt Eric Strauss Francesca Panetta Félix Lajeunesse Gabo Arora Georgy Molodtsov Graham Roberts Imraan Ismail James Hedley Jane Gauntlett Jason Drakeford Jeff Orlowski Jeremy Bailenson Jessica Brillhart Lucy Walker Lynette Wallworth Marshall Curry Nicole Jackson Nonny de la Peña Oscar Raby Paul Raphaël Raphael Beugrand Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Stephanie Riggs Taliesin Gilkes-Bower Tyson Sadler Yasmin Elayat Zach Richter Zahra Rasool Ziv Schneider
* For brevity, we only directors who are credited with more than one title are included. For a comprehensive list, view the full film listing.
Where is non-fiction VR being produced?
Our dataset currently contains titles released from 45 countries. Of the 285 titles in our dataset, the leading non-fiction VR producing countries are: USA (55%) , United Kingdom (18%) , Canada (7%) , France (4%) & Australia (3%) .
How is the duration of non-fiction VR content changing over time?
According to our data, the length of a non-fiction VR title ranges from 1 to 40 minutes, with an average of 8.6 minutes. This chart shows how the length of non-fiction VR titles have changed over time.