Documentary changes the landscape of Virtual Reality

June 8, 2020

Award-winning impact storyteller, Angie Davis, is playing a pivotal role in the evolution of the documentary genre, with a groundbreaking documentary series to launch globally on June 8.
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Documentary changes the landscape of Virtual Reality

Award-winning impact storyteller, Angie Davis, is playing a pivotal role in the evolution of the documentary genre, with a groundbreaking documentary series to launch globally on June 8.

Through the use of virtual reality (VR) technologies and evocative storytelling, the immersive natural history series, ecosphere, has been created to enable the audience to experience some of the world’s most remote and wild landscapes from the comfort of their own home.

In partnership with Phoria, an award winning immersive technology studio, Facebook’s Oculus, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) AND Silverback Films, Angie wrote and produced ecosphere with Dan Huertas whilst studying her Master of Creative Industries (MCI) at SAE Creative Media Institute. ecosphere was directed, filmed and edited by Joseph Purdam.

Having an extensive career in journalism, Angie wanted to hone her academic skills whilst deepening her storytelling through film and VR. Embarking on SAE’s MCI has given her an avenue to do this holistically; accessing industry thought-leaders and creative networks, whilst working tirelessly on capstone project, ecosphere.

ecosphere is truly one of the most compelling immersive experiences ever made, and it couldn’t come at a more important time in our history. It also came right in the middle of my MCI! The production took 10 months in total, taking me to Bristol for pre-production meetings, then on location in Kenya, Borneo and Raja Ampat. Thankfully, I didn’t have to cancel my masters studies, and the team at SAE have been incredibly supportive and flexible in accommodating my busy schedule whilst Ecosphere was in production,” said Angie of her experience as a SAE masters student.

Matt Evans, General Manager for SAE Australasia, says the MCI program is an ideal pathway for established creatives to reinforce their professional direction, get support on a capstone project or make further inroads within the creative industries.

“The calibre of our current masters students is just incredible. I am proud to see SAE’s students not only succeeding in the creative industries, but actively leading the way with new technology. Being at the forefront of innovation and entrepreneurship is an integral part of what our masters students learn at SAE.”

The series features never-before-seen cinematic 5.7k stereoscopic VR footage at 60FPS, shot with the latest pre-production 3D-180 cameras. Custom VR stabilising technology allowed filming to take place in technically challenging environments – from the air to the deep ocean.

“This is wildlife documentary filmmaking like you’ve never seen it before,” said Angie.”The synergy of our planet comes to life before your eyes as you’re right there in the midst of it. An unforgettable experience.”

Angie is passionate about the future of VR and emerging technologies for immersive educational storytelling, but her talent doesn’t stop there. As she continues her masters degree, Angie is also writing a pilot episode for a new drama series and developing a 2D documentary, with hopes her holistic creative approach can contribute to positive change in the world.

Find out more about ecosphere and watch the trailer at phoria.com.au/projects/ecosphere/ or learn about more Angie Davis’ projects at www.theaniccaway.com

About SAE

SAE Australia offers Higher Education and VET education opportunities to about 3,000 students, including certificate, diploma and degrees across the following major fields of study; audio, film, games, animation, web & mobile and design. SAE is also one of the world’s leading creative media institutes, with almost 50 campuses in over 20 countries. SAE is a part of Navitas Pty Ltd. Further information about SAE is available at www.sae.edu.au.

About MCI

The Master of Creative Industries offers a postgraduate learning experience with modules designed to meet a candidate’s creative and professional aspirations, and provide the appropriate foundation for completion of a capstone project. Throughout the course, Masters students learn from industry thought-leaders, collaborate with creative peers, extend their network via SAE’s global footprint, and solidify their reputation within the creative industries sector. Find out more at www.sae.edu.au

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