XR will be a major part of how we tell and consume stories in the future. We at Electric Dream Factory find great meaning in being story pioneers at the very beginning of XR for mass audiences. We have an opportunity to shape what the medium will become, much like the filmmakers at the beginning of the 20th century.
According to the 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report conducted by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, of Hollywood films released theatrically in 2015:
- 92.3% were directed by men, 7.7% were directed by women
- 89.9% of directors were white, 10.1% were people of color
In addition to the directors being overwhelmingly white and male, the stories reflected those demographics as well. The lead characters in these films were:
- 71% male, 29% female
- 86.4% white, 13.6% people of color
Representation behind and in front of the camera matters. There is a long overdue, and welcome, conversation about the need for more diverse stories in Hollywood today.
We at Electric Dream Factory are committed to making the XR medium a more equitable and just industry from the beginning. To help manifest this reality, we’re establishing a Diversity in XR program that will focus on empowering diverse storytellers and stories by providing:
- Access to Equipment
- Mentorship and Training
- Project Funding
The official program announcement and application details will be in early 2018. We are in the process of lining up grant sponsors and partners, so if you would like to get involved, please fill out the following form and let us know how you could contribute.