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MIT Open Documentary Lab

2015/11/12

Drawing on MIT’s legacy of media innovation and its deep commitment to open and accessible information, the MIT Open Documentary Lab brings storytellers, technologists, and scholars together to explore new documentary forms with a particular focus on collaborative and interactive storytelling. The Lab understands documentary as a project rather than as a genre bound to a particular medium. In the spirit of MIT’s open courseware and open source software movements, the Open Documentary Lab is collaborative and committed to sharing knowledge, networks, and tools. The Lab is catalyst, partner and guide to the future of reality-based storytelling.

VR for All

Docubase’s mission is to showcase and inspire new documentary forms and the tools, processes, and makers behind them. We find our projects by looking at festivals, incubators, interactive documentary websites, art, design, and technology innovation centers and other tastemakers. We provide data about the projects and link to the projects or a website about the project. Through our new partnership with LucidWeb, we are now able to provide direct access to the projects. Anyone with access to a web browser can see these videos on an easily navigable platform. They’re also viewable on VR headsets. Making these projects accessible is an important step in democratizing VR and for the occasion, we put together a collection of noteworthy projects that represent the evolution of 360° documentary. 

While there is a growing amount of quality content for immersive videos, the problem is access. There are very few distribution services and platforms that make them accessible to view on a web browser. By clicking the “Visit the project” link in the project pages below, you’ll be able to watch these gold star immersive 360° videos on your browser — no headset needed! 

_12 seconds of gunfire

A virtual reality experience based on a first-grader's journey of trauma and loss following a school shooting.

12 seconds of gunfire is a 360º video experience produced by The Washington Post and directed by Washington Post design editor Suzette Moyer and senior developer Seth Blanchard, that tells the story of a first-grader’s journey of trauma and loss following a school shooting.

_Accused #2 : Walter Sisulu

Using animated illustrations and archival audio, this piece is a window into the Rivonia trial where Walter Sisulu, Nelson Mandela's mentor, fought the violence of apartheid.

Accused #2: Walter Sisulu is a beautifully animated immersive video by Gilles Porte and Nicolas Champeaux based on the 256 hours of audio recordings of the Rivonia trial, where Walter Sisulu, Nelson Mandela and 6 other persons fought against apartheid.

_Bloodless

Bloodless is a 12-minute VR film that deals with camp town sex workers for the US army stationed in South Korea since the 1950s.

Bloodless, directed by Gina Kim, poignantly retraces the true story of a camp town sex worker murdered by an American soldier in South Korea in 1992. Portraying the last hours of her life in the camp town, this 360° film transposes a historical and political issue into a personal and concrete experience.

_Collisions

This VR film brings audiences into the world of indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe of Australia, exploring issues of environmental conservation and sustainability.

Collisions by Lynette Wallworth is a groundbreaking 360° film. This Emmy-winning immersive video places audiences in the world of indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe of Australia. Morgan relays his first hand account of an atomic bomb test and the resulting collision between his Indigenous culture and the Western world. It’s a visceral and powerful exploration of the collision of two cultures and the threat to environmental conservation and sustainability.

_Highrise: Out My Window

In the Emmy Award-winning web documentary "Out My Window," filmmaker Katerina Cizek explores highrise living around the world.

Highrise: Out My Window is a National Film Board of Canada Emmy-winning web documentary by filmmaker Katerina Cizek that explores highrise living around the world. It is the oldest example of 360° video in our collection, with panoramic videos shot on a 360° Yellowbird video camera in 2010.

_Notes on Blindness

Based on writer John Hull's recordings about losing his sight, Notes on Blindness is a virtual reality experience that immerses the viewer in a post-vision world.

Notes on Blindness is an immersive award-winning film directed by Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton, and James Spinney, beautifully animated to an audio-diary that writer John Hull recorded over three years to document his experience slowly going blind. Using 360°, binaural audio and real time 3D animations, the film seeks to fully immerse the user in Hull’s interior vision of the world “beyond sight” and his increasing perception of “acoustic space.”

_Step to the Line

Step to the Line is a VR documentary shot on location at a California maximum security prison that aims to provoke a shift in the viewer's eyes about prisoners, the prison system, and themselves. 

Step to the Line is a 360° documentary by Brazilian filmmaker Ricardo Laganaro that aims to provoke a shift in the viewer’s eyes about prisoners, the prison system, and themselves by showing the common humanity, differing realities, and racial biases experienced by the inmates and volunteers.

_The Other Dakar

In this dreamlike 360º film, we follow a girl in her journey through “The Other Dakar”, a place where artists hold the secret wonders of the city.

The Other Dakar is a dreamlike 360º film by Selly Raby Kane in which the viewer follows a girl in her journey through “The Other Dakar”, a place where artists hold the secret wonders of the city. Produced by South African nonprofit Electric South, this piece is also about breaking socio-geographical boundaries of 360º video production.

_The Waiting Room VR

The Waiting Room VR is an intimate portrait of the cancer treatment process from a patient's point of view.

The Waiting Room VR is an unflinching portrait of the blood, sweat and tears of cancer treatment. It tells the story of Victoria Mapplebeck’s breast cancer (as patient and director) from diagnosis through treatment to recovery.

_This is Climate Change

This is Climate Change is a four-part series that gives us a direct 360° look at how humans are affecting multiple ecosystems on our planet.

This Is Climate Change is a four-part series by Danfung Dennis and Eric Strauss that gives us a direct 360° look at how humans are affecting multiple ecosystems on our planet. This immersive and visceral experience brings the viewer to the frontlines of climate change.

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