About Us

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.

 
Our founders Ashley Cowan and Darren Emerson at the  Common Ground  installation at the Tribeca Film Festival, New York.

Our founders Ashley Cowan and Darren Emerson at the Common Ground installation at the Tribeca Film Festival, New York.

 
 

Whether it's branded content for The Guardian, 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.

On location in the Swiss Alps for the  San Miguel Rich List  shoot.

On location in the Swiss Alps for the San Miguel Rich List shoot.

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. Most recently, the Creative XR and Arts Council funded Common Ground is an interactive VR experience that premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.

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 The XX and produced branded content for Coca-Cola, Lexus, and Smirnoff.

Olivia Emes, Monica Gonzalez and Jas Pitt on location in Nottingham for the  Big Little Moments  shoot.

Olivia Emes, Monica Gonzalez and Jas Pitt on location in Nottingham for the Big Little Moments shoot.

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.