What’s Up Doc? Virtual Reality (VR) and Documentary

13Oct2017 17:00 - 18:30


Documentary filmmaking can range from a wide spectrum of modes and impulses from the poetic to the sardonic tones of the mockumentary. We are inundated with documentary forms and formats, whether we binge watch a multi-part documentary on Netflix, or navigate through the offerings from The New York Times Daily 360 video channel to donning a pair of VR goggles to experience a virtual reality documentary work.

Is VR a gimmick or something more? Whatever the case, it’s not going away anytime soon. The logical question then becomes what other strategies must filmmakers, audio designers and producers employ when creating content, both audibly and visually? How do filmmakers negotiate being on location and in perhaps a closer or more intimate relationship with their surroundings and social subjects? Does this form somehow instill in us as viewers a greater empathy when confronted with critical issues such as the ongoing influx of refugees or dire humanitarian situations? Can it raise awareness and stimulate a call to action? 

Speakers: Daisy Corbin O’Grady (AUC graduate) and Edu Hernandez. Daisy Corbin O’Grady will revisit aspects of her Capstone project (cum laude with distinction), “Waves of Grace: Empathy and the Role of Virtual Reality Documentary in Modern Humanitarianism” in tandem with her current internship at Scopic, a studio for virtual reality. Daisy will also provide some observations and kernels of wisdom during her internship and will survey some of the challenges within the field in and around Amsterdam. 

Edu Hernandez directed the Virtual Reality (VR) work Refugee (a Scopic production), which was awarded Best Independent Experimental Film from the Independent European Film Festival in Paris, 2016. Edu will elaborate on his experience in the field with 360 video, also post-production techniques including spatial audio design, as well as his creative process behind the VR film Refugee and other selected works.


Common Room
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113, Amsterdam 1098XG

Convenor: Tina Bastajian

Published by  Amsterdam University College