This film was part of the 2017 Camden International Film Festival

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This Is What the Future Looked Like (VR)

This Is What the Future Looked Like is a new VR documentary created by filmmakers Sam Green and Gary Hustwit. The eight-minute piece is a rumination on the work of architect and futurist Buckminster Fuller, using his geodesic domes as the visual environment.

"I had made a traditional film about Buckminster Fuller and been frustrated by the fact that it was impossible to capture the experience of being in one of his geodesic domes with a traditional camera," said Green. "When VR cameras first came out, I thought 'ah ha! Finally!' It's actually a perfect medium for this subject matter.".

"We wanted to play with a few ideas here that haven’t really been explored in nonfiction VR," said Hustwit, "Like including ourselves as filmmakers in the work, and trying different ways to use archival materials in this medium. There’s such a push now in VR towards animated CG pieces, but meanwhile there hasn’t been enough experimentation with the formal possibilities of 360 video. That was part of our intention with this piece."

This Is What the Future Looked Like features an archival voiceover by Fuller, and an original score by Yo La Tengo with additional music by Todd Griffin. It had its World Premiere at the True/False Documentary Film Festival in March 2017. It has since been an official selection at HotDocs and the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Film Details

Title: This Is What the Future Looked Like (VR)
Year: 2017
Director: Sam Green, Gary Hustwit
Producer: Sam Green, Gary Hustwit
Country: United States
Runtime: 7 mins
Category: Storyforms

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