Virtual Reality nonfiction 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. The VR Mediography project is compiling a detailed history of this new form of interactive experience, examining where it has come from, how it is developing and where it is heading.
As an emergent medium, VR nonfiction 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.
Our timeline charts the emergence of VR nonfiction content since 2012. The timeline shows when and where VR nonfiction titles where released, highlights important events, identifies award winning pieces and charts the increasing visibility of VR nonfiction content on the programmes of leading international film festivals.
Based on 458 titles catalogued so far, this chart shows how production numbers for VR nonfiction content have changed since the earliest known examples in 2012:
VR nonfiction is an increasingly visible fixture at leading international film festivals. According to our dataset, these are the most prominent 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||7|
|2016||Home: Aamir||Erfan Saadati, Rufus Norris & Toby Coffey||3||3|
|2016||Home - An Immersive Spacewalk Experience||Kate Bartlett & Tom Burton||2||4|
|2017||After Solitary||Cassandra Herrman & Lauren Mucciolo||2||3|
|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|
|2018||The Sun Ladies||Celine Tricart||1||5|
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.
Aaron Bradbury Amaury La Burthe Andrew Somerville Angel Manuel Soto Ari Palitz Averie Timm Barry Pousman Ben C. Solomon Ben Ross Benoît Lichté Brittany Neff Celine Tricart Charlotte Mikkelborg Chris Milk Cory Tran Danfung Dennis Darren Emerson David Darg David Gelb David Whelan Eline Jongsma Elise Ogle Eliza McNitt Eric Strauss Evan Grothjan Francesca Panetta François Blouin Félix Lajeunesse Gabo Arora Georgy Molodtsov Graham Roberts Imraan Ismail James Hedley Jane Gauntlett Jason Drakeford Jeff Orlowski Jeremy Bailenson Jesse Ayala Jessica Brillhart John Durrant Jonathan Williams Jörg Haaßengier Jürgen Brügger Kel O'Neill Lindsay Branham Lucy Walker Lynette Wallworth Marshall Curry Matteo Lonardi Max Salomon Mitch Turnbull Navid Khonsari Nicole Jackson Nonny de la Peña Oscar Raby Patrick Meegan Paul Raphaël Raphael Beugrand Ricarda Saleh Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Shehani Fernando Stephanie Riggs Tarik Benbrahim Tyson Sadler Vassiliki Khonsari 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 director listing.
Our dataset currently contains titles released from 58 countries. The top 5 producers of VR nonfiction are:
|Country||Titles Released||% of dataset|
According to our data, the length of a VR nonfiction title ranges from 1 to 40 minutes, with an average of 8.7 minutes. This chart shows how the length of VR nonfiction titles has changed over time.
This resource remains under active development and will continue to grow as our analysis continues.