Virtual Reality nonfiction is an emergent and rapidly evolving new medium for filmmaking that draws from - and builds upon - traditional forms of nonfiction, interactive media, gaming and immersive theatre. The VR Nonfiction Mediography project aims to compile a comprehensive history of the first six years of this new form of interactive experience; to examine where it has come from, how it is developing and where it is heading. We have currently catalogued 603 VR nonfiction titles released between 2012 and 2018.
The Mediography project is helping us to generate new insights into the past development and potential future of VR nonfiction. Read our recent research outputs here:
VR nonfiction is an emergent medium. Our search strategy is therefore deliberately broad, including organic search (english language), social media and the programmes of leading international film festivals.
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Our timeline charts the emergence of VR nonfiction content since the earliest known examples in 2012 through to the end of 2018. 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 603 titles catalogued so far, this chart shows how production numbers for CGI, 360 video and hybrid forms of VR nonfiction content have changed since the earliest known examples in 2012:
VR nonfiction is an increasingly visible fixture at leading international film festivals including Venice Biennale, Sundance and Tribeca. According to our dataset, these were the most prominent titles in terms of festival appearances and awards received:
|2016||Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness||ARTE||Amaury La Burthe, Arnaud Colinart, James Spinney & Peter Middleton||3||8|
|2016||Home: Aamir||National Theatre (UK)||Erfan Saadati, Rufus Norris & Toby Coffey||3||3|
|2015||RecoVR Mosul - A Collective Reconstruction||Economist Media Lab||Laura Juo-Hsin Chen & Ziv Schneider||3||2|
|2018||I am a Man||Derek Ham||Derek Ham||3||2|
|2016||The Ark||Jongsma + O'Neill||Eline Jongsma & Kel O'Neill||2||6|
|2016||Home - An Immersive Spacewalk Experience||BBC||Kate Bartlett & Tom Burton||2||4|
|2017||After Solitary||Emblematic Group||Cassandra Herrman & Lauren Mucciolo||2||3|
|2017||Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon||Alchemy Immersive||Grace Boyle & James Manisty||2||1|
|2016||Behind the Fence||The Nexus Fund||Jonathan Olinger & Lindsay Branham||2||1|
|2018||Damming the Nile: Episode 1||BBC||Phil Harper||2||0|
These were the most prolific directors / creators between 2012–2018*, 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 Anrick Bregman Ari Palitz Averie Timm Barry Pousman Ben C. Solomon Ben Ross Benoît Lichté Brad Lichtenstein Brittany Neff Celine Tricart Charlotte Mikkelborg Chloé Rochereuil Chris Milk Cory Tran Dan Archer 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 Geoffrey Alan Rhodes Georgy Molodtsov Graham Roberts Imraan Ismail James Hedley Jane Gauntlett Jason Drakeford Jeff Fitzsimmons Jeff Orlowski Jeremy Bailenson Jesse Ayala Jessica Brillhart John Durrant Jonathan Williams Jules Izac Jörg Haaßengier Jürgen Brügger Kel O'Neill Lindsay Branham Luca Guadagnino Lucy Walker Lynette Wallworth Marshall Curry Marshmallow Laser Feast Mary Matheson Matteo Lonardi Max Salomon Mia Tramz Mitch Turnbull Navid Khonsari Nicolas Jolliet Nicole Jackson Nonny de la Peña Oscar Raby Pablo Mahave Patrick Meegan Paul Raphaël Peter Boyd Maclean Phil Harper Raphael Beugrand Raphaël Guillet Ricarda Saleh Romain Vakilitabar Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Shehani Fernando Stephanie Riggs Tarik Benbrahim Taylor Steele Theofanis Matsopoulos Tyson Sadler Ulrich Grech-Cumbo Vassiliki Khonsari Victor Agulhon Viktorija Mickute 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 64 countries. Between 2012–2018, the top 5 producers of VR nonfiction content were:
|Country||Titles Released||% of dataset|
According to our data, between 2012 and 2018, VR nonfiction titles ranged in duration from 1 to 50 minutes, with an average of 8.7 minutes. This chart shows how the length of VR nonfiction titles has changed over time.