Immersive Cinema: Experiments in Virtual Reality

Course Description

In this exploratory workshop, students will use VR tools such as 360 video and surround sound design to create immersive experiences for viewers. The conceptual framework of experimental cinema and documentary film serve to inform students' work; with an emphasis on experimentation, pushing toward a new artistic language in this still-emerging form of VR "storytelling"/ Immersive cinema. 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 360 video. This course is time intensive, requiring some nights and both weekends dedicated to production and editing.


Meet the Instructor(s)

Jamie Meltzer

Associate Professor of Art and Art History

Jamie Meltzer's documentary films have been broadcast nationally on PBS and have screened at numerous film festivals worldwide. His most recent documentary short Huntsville Station premiered at the 2020 Berlinale and played at SXSW. True Conviction, broadcast on PBS in April 2018, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was awarded a Special Jury Mention in the Best Documentary Category, the film received grants from the Sundance Institute and the MacArthur Foundation. 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. Meltzer teaches and is the Program Director of the M.F.A. Program in Documentary Film at Stanford University