HP

Category:

commerce

Client:

HP Inc.

Type:

Branded, Documentary

Technology Pioneer As Heritage Brand

Born in a garage in Palo Alto in the late 1930s, Hewlett-Packard didn’t just start in Silicon Valley. They started Silicon Valley.

 

So when HP approached us to create a campaign highlighting their pioneering work with Mixed and Virtual Reality, we devised a concept that both respects their past, and anticipates their future.

 

The result is The HP Garage Sessions, an ongoing branded documentary series that profiles the visionary scientists and researchers who use HP technologies to transform our world, and places their stories within the brand’s legacy of innovation.

HUMAN

Category:

commerce

Client:

HUMAN, NPO 2

Type:

Documentary, Television/Online

The Troubled West

America’s west coast entered the 2020’s in free fall. Cost of living soared, and homelessness spiked. Droughts and wildfires ravaged rural communities. Police and activists clashed in the cities. COVID-19 spread unabated.

 

In the midst of this chaos, the Dutch public broadcaster HUMAN asked us to reflect on our life in California with a short documentary about wildfire season for their award-winning series 2Doc Kort. 

 

Over the next two years, this commission grew into a highly-personal, three-film series covering climate change, the future of food, and social unrest in our little corner of the USA.

What Goes Up // Must Come Down

Category:

art

Client:

Idependent

Type:

Documentary, Virtual Reality, Installation

A Multimedia Exploration of Celebration and Loss

Every Lunar New Year, tourists converge on the Taiwanese village of Pingxi to launch thousands of floating lanterns into the night sky. The lanterns represent the wishes of their owners—and make for one hell of an Instagram post.

 

But what happens when dawn breaks, the tourists leave, and the thousands of wishes fall out of the sky?

 

Weaving virtual reality and conventional 2D filmmaking, What Goes Up // Must Come Down fuses two discrete documentaries about the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival into a singular whole, and suggests that our dreams may have staggering, real-world consequences.

Ikona

Category:

commerce

Client:

Ikona

Type:

Documentary, Branded

Improving Patient Outcomes With VR & AR

Convincing stakeholders in the American medical system that AR and VR will transform their industry is not an easy task. 

 

So when the healthtech startup IKONA approached us to create their first set of VR & AR projects, we focused on producing a suite of patient education experiences that improved outcomes in distinct, measurable ways.

 

The products we oversaw—including an AR app designed to help patients sort their medications, and a 360° video training intended for new kidney dialysis patients—yielded irrefutable data showing the positive impacts of new technologies, and cleared a path for IKONA’s entrance into the market.

The Ark

Category:

art

Client:

Independent

Type:

Documentary, Virtual Reality

A Post-Nature Documentary

Conservation and biotechnology collide in The Ark, a virtual reality documentary that puts viewers face-to-face with the northern white rhino—the world’s most endangered species. 

 

A groundbreaking example of VR’s capacity to put audiences in places they would not normally have access to, The Ark invites viewers to walk alongside the rhinos’ bodyguard squad in Kenya, and meet the San Diego-based scientists using rhino DNA to create new animals inside a petri dish.

related links

The Ark on Oculus TV

Watch The Ark on Oculus TV

 

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The Economist

Category:

commerce

Client:

The Economist Media Lab

Type:

Documentary, VR

A Legendary Magazine Steps Into The Future

How does a 177-year-old journalistic institution find its place as a storytelling innovator without losing its trusted voice?

 

This is the question that animated our three-year collaboration with The Economist Media Lab, and gave form to the award-winning experiences produced during Kel’s tenure as the magazine’s Senior Media Lab Fellow.

 

During this time, Kel spearheaded The Economist’s interactive and immersive efforts, helping them staff up and build out a VR studio within the magazine’s Media Lab, and shaping the creative direction of their productions.

Related links

Watch Oceans VR

Watch Oceans VR: Net Positive on Facebook360

 

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the economist oculus app

Download The Economist Oculus app

 

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De Correspondent

Category:

commerce

Client:

De Correspondent

Type:

Documentary, Television/Online

Visionaries and Hermits at the Edge of the World

We created and directed two documentary series for the subscription-based Dutch journalism platform De Correspondent:

 

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) tells the stories of creative technologists who use their skills to craft applications that critique and undermine the goals of Big Tech, and;

 

3 x Utopia takes a look at a wild collection of amateur astronauts, church security guards, and zombie-obsessed doomsday preppers carving out space for themselves away from mainstream society.

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Siemens

Category:

commerce

Client:

Siemens, Virtual Identity

Type:

Branded, Documentary

Tracing the Unexpected Impacts of Everyday Technologies

When Siemens and branding agency Virtual Identity asked us to direct a documentary for their /answers campaign, we jumped at the opportunity.

 

The brief was enticingly slim: create a film that highlights the unexpected ways Siemens’ technology impacts our everyday lives. 

Shot over the course of a week in Mumbai, our documentary The Milky Way profiles the young animal welfare activists behind Animals Matter to Me, who use milk processed with Siemens’ equipment to keep their rescue shelter running.

Empire

Category:

art

Client:

Independent

Type:

Documentary, Television/Online, Installation, Interactive

The Unintended Consequences of Colonialism

A hidden synagogue in the mountains of Indonesia. A goldmine in Suriname run by the descendants of runaway slaves. A white supremacist enclave in the South African desert. 

 

These are only a few of the communities brought to light in Empire, the Emmy-nominated immersive documentary project about the current day legacy of Dutch colonialism.

 

Shot in ten countries over four years, Empire uses nonfiction filmmaking and cutting-edge technology to reveal how the actions of a handful of 17th-century traders still shape our world today.

Related links

Empire Interactive Website

View Empire interactive website (Desktop, Google Chrome only)

 

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MIT Case Study

View MIT case study  “Empire, An Exploded Feature Film”

 

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VPRO

Category:

commerce

Client:

VPRO, Hivos

Type:

Documentary, Television/Online

A Revolutionary Experiment in Streaming Content

As the original US Correspondents for VPRO and Hivos’ pioneering TV/online show Metropolis, we directed, produced, shot and edited over 35 short documentaries covering a wide range of subjects including Vietnam War reenactors, volunteer border patrol squads, and pandrogynous rock stars.

 

Metropolis was streaming TV before streaming TV: each weekly episode brought together clips from documentaries from around the world, commissioned from local correspondents, and organized around a common theme. In addition, VPRO also made each of the correspondents’ uncut films available online, building an impressive international audience.