This Is What the Future Looked Like, a new VR documentary created by filmmakers Sam Green and Gary Hustwit, will have its World Premiere at the True/False Documentary Film Festival, March 2-5. 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. Stay tuned for release details after the premiere.