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.

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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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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Pilots + Prototypes

Category:

art

Client:

Independent

Type:

Prototypes, pilots, visions

Conceptual Skydiving

New mediums require new creative methods, which is where rapid prototyping and creative exploration comes in. Recent pilots and prototypes include:

 

-Car Seat, a game-engine-based VR experience about family conflict developed and prototyped during the Sundance New Frontier Artist-in-Residence program;

 

EXIT, a mobile storytelling experiment about America’s obsession with the apocalypse, developed in collaboration with POV and presented at SXSW 2016;

 

Top to Bottom, a pilot about wealth inequality in the US made in collaboration with the interactive video studio Eko.