How are we choosing what to include?
As an emergent medium, non-fiction documentary VR is attracting highly experimental works that sometimes do not neatly fit into what might be considered 'traditional' documentary filmmaking. Our search strategy is therefore deliberately broad, including organic search, 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 a non-fiction documentary.
Use Your Imagination // USA (2017)
What topics are being explored?
According to our dataset, these are the themes that are being explored by non-fiction documentary VR makers (weighted by frequency of occurrence). Select a theme to see the titles associated with it:
Abortion Adventure Ageing Apiculture Archeology Architecture Art Asylum Australia Autism Berlin Blindness Calais Jungle Chernobyl Cinema Climate change Crime & punishment Cuba Disaster Discrimination Domestic violence Drugs Earthquake Ebola Ecology Education Engineering Environment Epilepsy Ethnic cleansing Exploitation FGM Famine Female empowerment First World War Food banks Gaza Gender equality Government & politics Heritage History Homelessness Human cost of war Human experience Human rights Indigenous peoples Infancy Ireland Ivory trade Journalism Korean demilitarized zone Language Loneliness Magic Medicine & disease Mental health Migration Music Myalgic encephalomyelitis Myanmar Nairobi Native Americans Natural history Nepal New York Oceanography Paleontology People smuggling Performance Policing Poverty Prejudice Prison Protest Racism Refugees Rehabilitation Religion Robotics Rohingya Science Sex Trade Sexual assault Sexuality Society & culture Solitary confinement Somalia Space Sport Sudan Syria Technology Terrorism The Holocaust Tibet Torture Travel Virtual Reality Volcanos Voodoo Wall War & Conflict Water Womens rights Zoology
How much content is out there?
Based on 179 titles catalogued so far, this chart shows how production numbers for VR content have changed since 2012:
Film festivals and awards
Non-fiction documentary VR content is an increasingly visible fixture at leading international film festivals, with several titles receiving multiple awards. According to our dataset, these are the most prominent titles in terms of festival appearances and awards received:
|2016||Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness||6||3|
|2016||Home - An Immersive Spacewalk Experience||3||2|
|2017||Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon||1||2|
|2016||6x9: A Virtual Experience of Solitary Confinement||5||1|
Who is creating the 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.
Acute Arts Amaury La Burthe Andrew Somerville Ari Palitz Ben C. Solomon Chris Milk Danfung Dennis Darren Emerson David Gelb Francesca Panetta Félix Lajeunesse Gabo Arora Imraan Ismail Jane Gauntlett Jeremy Bailenson Lucy Walker Marshmallow Laser Feast Nicole Jackson Nonny de la Peña Oscar Raby Paul Raphaël Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Stephanie Riggs Tyson Sadler Zach Richter Zahra Rasool Ziv Schneider
* Note: for brevity, we include here only directors credited with more than one title.
For a comprehensive list, view the current film catalogue.
Where is it being produced?
Our dataset currently contains titles released from 41 countries. Of the 179 titles in our dataset, the leading VR producing countries are: USA (47%) , United Kingdom (19%) , Canada (9%) , France (6%) & Australia (4%) .
How long are the documentaries?
According to our data, the length of a VR documentary title ranges from 2 to 40 minutes, with an average of 9.6 minutes. This chart shows how VR documentary length has changed over time.
More to come!
This resource remains under active development and will continue to grow as our analysis continues. Keep an eye on our changelog for updates. Until then, why not explore our documentary VR timeline ›.