The growing expansion of immersive technologies, such as 360º and augmented reality, has changed the way spectators observe. It has allowed to submerge them within the films. They can now have a subjective perspective, as if they were the main character. This innovative intimate perspective has inspired a reformulation of how stories are conceived and filmed, to encourage the viewer to be part of the narrative.
The immersive technological abilities have changed documentary narratives in a way the spectator is not just an external witness anymore, but lives the story in 1st person, increasing the feeling of identification and leading to innovative forms of awareness and suggestion.
The documentary industry has used these new immersive technology’s possibilities to create a major empathy feeling towards humanitarian causes, to show perspectives never seen before, and to explain stories from a subjective point of view.