Expanded Cinema: Experiments in Virtual Reality

2019 Course Information

Course Description

In this exploratory workshop, students will use the VR tools of 360 video and sound design to tell immersive “stories". The conceptual framework of experimental cinema and documentary film serves to inform students' work. Over the course of two weeks, students will work in teams to create a series of short immersive pieces, culminating in a 2-3 minute VR video, with a keen emphasis on experimentation, pushing toward a new artistic language in this still-emerging form of VR storytelling. The course is time intensive: requiring some nights and both weekends dedicated to production and editing, including several production field trips off-campus. 

Meet the Instructor(s)

Jamie Meltzer

Associate Professor of Art and Art History

Jamie Meltzer’s feature documentary films have been broadcast nationally on PBS and have screened at numerous film festivals worldwide. He teaches and is the Program Director of the M.F.A. Program in Documentary Film at Stanford University. His current documentary project, True Conviction, broadcast on PBS in April 2018. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was awarded a Special Jury Mention in the Best Documentary Category, the film is a co-production of ITVS and the recipient of a Sundance Institute grant and a MacArthur grant. Previous films include: Informant (2012), about a revolutionary activist turned FBI informant, Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story (Independent Lens, 2003), about the shadowy world of song-poems, Welcome to Nollywood (PBS Broadcast, 2007), an investigation into the wildly successful Nigerian movie industry, and La Caminata (2009), a short film about a small town in Mexico that runs a simulated border crossing as a tourist attraction.