VR production is a form of artistry that requires advanced technical skills and a deeply creative approach to using space and immersion to better engage audiences.
For the past 4 years, VR production has gained steam and top brands like Toyota, Gucci, Netflix, and more are using 360° VR content in their marketing materials.
To celebrate the industry’s advances, we put together a list of the top 28 VR production companies.
Note: this list is not ranked. All the companies below have done interesting work in the space and continue to be pioneers.
Koncept VR pushes concept-driven 360° video production and creates best-in-class cinematic VR for head-mounted displays, like the Samsung Gear VR. With over 5 years of expertise in panoramic video projection and 360° video hardware, the team has created experiences for Disney, Condé Nast, and the Met.
Featured Work: Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway
Koncept VR produced a musical feature on Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, brining viewers on stage with the cast as they sing the hit Genie number “Friend Like Me”.
Light Sail VR
Based in Hollywood, Light Sail VR focuses on cinematic virtual reality storytelling and live-action experiences. The team has produced projects for Google, GoPro, ABC, Paramount, and more.
Featured Work: GoPro
Light Sail VR created a fun pirate adventure using narrative VR methods.
Felix & Paul Studios
Felix & Paul Studios is an Emmy award-winning immersive entertainment studio, creating virtual, augmented and mixed reality experiences. Felix & Paul Studios are known for their highly cinematic, premium production.
Featured Work: Isle of Dogs BTS
This behind the scenes look at Isle of Dogs features animated interviews of the dog characters alongside the crew working to create the animation.
Founded in 2007 by Nonny de la Peña, known as the “Godmother of virtual reality”, Emblematic has pioneered the use of VR for empathetic storytelling. The team created the first ever VR documentary, Hunger in Los Angeles, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.
Featured Work: Greenland Melting
Based in Texas, BigLook 360 has years of experience with the creation, production and application of immersive virtual reality experiences.
Featured Work: Experience Infiniti Q60 Dream Roads
BigLook 360 produced an inside look at the Infiniti Q60, using behind the wheel footage to help immerse audiences in the Infinity Q60’s style and features.
VR Playhouse is a Los Angeles-based creative studio and full-service production company focused exclusively on creating immersive content.
Featured Work: Disney’s Lion King on Broadway
VR Playhouse produced an on-stage look into Disney’s Lion King production on Broadway.
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TechCrunch called this company the “Pixar of VR”. Penrose is a group of artists, engineers and storytellers pushing the boundaries of virtual and augmented reality. The company just scored a $10M Series A investment this past summer.
Featured Work: Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall
Arden’s Wake won the first Lion for Best VR at the Venice Film Festival, featuring the voice acting of Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander. See the trailer (not in 360°) below:
Baobab Studios is the leading VR animation studio, wiht $31M in funding and animated features starring heavy-hitting Hollywood stars like John Legend, Elizabeth Banks, and Constance Wu.
Featured Work: INVASION!
According to Baobav, “Baobab’s Emmy-award winning VR animation, INVASION!, starring Ethan Hawke, launched to substantial critical acclaim and has become the top downloaded VR app.”
RYOT calls itself the next generation motion picture studio telling stories that move the world. Owned by Verizon and under the Oath umbrella of brands, RYOT is based in LA.
Featured Work: Door No. 1
Director/actress/musician/multi-hyphenate Nora Kirkpatrick directed this interactive VR humor film that premiered on Hulu.
Fable Studio, which was co-founded by Story Studio co-founder Edward Saatchi and filmmaker Pete Billington, aims to be a technology company slash studio for augmented and virtual reality content.
Featured Work: Wolves in the Walls
Based on the work by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, Wolves on the Walls is a VR movie that premiered at Sundance in January 2018.
Founded in 2014 with the goal of expanding the potential of immersive storytelling, WITHIN creates, acquires, and distributes premium AR & VR experiences across web, mobile, console and headsets.
VR Gorilla is an award-winning virtual reality production studio, based in Amsterdam.
Featured Work: KLM’s Flight Upgrader
KLM’s Flight Upgrader experience features the benefits of flying budget on KLM. Audiences are placed in a cabin seat to experience firsthand KLM’s excellent customer service.
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360 Labs is a full service cinematic VR production company with expertise in spherical capture dating back to 2007.
Featured Work: US Coast Guard
360 Labs helped the US Coast Guard create 4 360 videos to help recruit Coast Guard candidates.
Spherica is a VR lab and studio, developing proprietary hardware solutions and producing VR experiences.
Featured Work: Lexus
Visualise has produced over 100 experiences in the last 4 years, having shot 360° content in over 30 different countries in locations as diverse as a South Sudanese refugee camp to F1 Race Circuits.
Featured Work: Macallan Distillery VR Experience
Prosper XR is an immersive content creation studio with a specialty in robotics.
Featured Work: Nikon Road Trip
Bonus video: cats!
Axis Images is an LA-based immersive media creative studio that has worked with historical institutions like Carnegie Hall, various travel / hospitality clients like Home Away, entertainment companies like Disney, and more (seriously, the list goes on!).
Featured Work: Fleming’s Steakhouse
The Vgers team is based in Spain and creates immersive Virtual Reality and Mixed projects . Virtual natives who were born on the zero day of this technology surfing each new wave that has been arriving. Objective? make incredible projects.
Featured Work: Solan de Cabras (water bottle brand)
Supersphere calls itself an immersive content and technology company. The team works in mono 360º video, multi-stage immersive live streaming, and interactive VR/AR apps.
Featured Work: Fox’s Scream Queens
The production studio within 360° editing solution, Pixvana, WunderVu tells XR stories for brands like Volvo and the Seattle Sounders.
Featured Work: Seattle Sounders FC
Started in 2012, Wheelhouse Media focus on original and branded content and immersive experiences across all media platforms.
Featured Work: Saint Motel’s VR music album
Black Rhino VR
BlackRhino VR creates immersive experiences that are adaptable and relevant to the African market.
Featured Work: Nestle Zimbabwe
CSVR creates award-winning experiences. Its first VR experience, Across the Line, premiered at Sundance and was awarded the audience award at the Future of Storytelling.
Featured Work: Ashe ’68 for Sports Illustrated
Specular Theory is an award-winning (Streamy Award, Sundance/Tribeca selections) studio that creates experiences for games and entertainment.
Featured Work: LA Derby Dolls
Electric South is a non-profit company based in Cape Town, South Africa that provides mentorship, production services, funding and exhibition for a network of artists across Africa exploring immersive storytelling.
Al Jazeera’s VR production arm brings journalism to the cutting-edge. The feature photo of this blog post features Contrast VR producer Viktorija Mickute.
Featured Work: Oil in our Creeks
m ss ng p eces
m ss ng p eces has worked with clients such as Oculus, Google, and Intel to create 360° VR experiences.
Featured Work: Google Arts & Culture Space Shuttle Discovery
Vanishing Point Media
This LA-based production company has worked with Banana Republic and Jimmy Kimmel Live to create entertaining 360° experiences.
Featured Work: Be a guest on Jimmy Kimmel in this unique POV 360° video.
The List of Top VR Production Companies gets longer…
Since this post was published, we keep learning of VR production pioneers who are creating stellar content. We’ll update this list to reflect this great work.
Panogs is an Emmy Award-winning company that produced Capturing Everest in partnership with Sports Illustrated for the LIFE VR platform.