Founded by Ashley Cowan and Darren Emerson, East City Films are leaders in the production of virtual reality documentaries, 360° video, augmented reality, brand films and music video content. We are the most innovative VR production studio in London.
Whether it's branded content for The Guardian, an AR app for a charity, a multi-camera shoot at a festival or a VR documentary about the UK's indefinite detention system, we immerse audiences in stories which live long in the memory and transform emotions.
We're best known for our VR documentaries, which focus on issues of social justice. Directed and produced by our co-founder Darren Emerson, our VR films have played at film festivals all over the world. From Cannes and IDFA to Sheffield Doc Fest and Tribeca our work has been celebrated by audiences and critics alike.
Indefinite, a virtual reality experience about the UK's indefinite detention system was licensed by the New York Times VR app. Witness 360: 7/7 is an original pioneer in 360 video production. The Creative XR and Arts Council funded Common Ground is an interactive VR experience that premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. Most recently The Waiting Room: VR, a VR documentary by Victoria Mapplebeck, shares the director’s experience of breast cancer and received its world premiere at Venice Biennale.
We pride ourselves as storytellers and have travelled the world to unearth people and places which excite and inspire us. We’ve produced documentaries in Nigeria, Portugal and India. We’ve made television adverts for Visit Malta and Macallan and created 360 video content for ITV and San Miguel. We’ve filmed musicians from Adele to Ed Sheeran and produced branded content for Coca-Cola, Lexus, and Smirnoff.
East City Films is an eclectic place, but we have one vein running through all our work. We strive to illuminate the world using traditional and immersive platforms.
Be it virtual reality production, branded content, music video, social justice documentary or 360 video production, if you want your project to be our next, then we’d love to hear from you.