Blake Montgomery

B Blake Montgomery is a virtual reality filmmaker, video editor and stitcher living in Oakland, CA. He’s worked with a number of high-profile clients on their VR productions, including Google, Samsung, National Geographic, Reddit, Mercedes-Benz, vantage.tv, 360 Designs, and Discovery, among others.

 

His work has screened in film festivals, been nominated for and won awards, and been viewed a combined number of several million times across YouTube, VR headsets and other platforms.

 

In 2016, Blake co-directed and shot a 15-minute VR documentary in the Peruvian Amazon called Songs of the Vine, focusing on indigenous Shipibo healers, their songs, and their medicinal practices with ayahuasca.

 

The film has been received positively, screening around the world at a number of festivals in 2017, including Raindance Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival, Oxford Film Festival, RAW Film Festival, FIVARS, and many more. The 2017 Earth Day Film Festival awarded ‘Songs of the Vine’ the highest prize in their VR category, for the best VR experience. In addition, Songs of the Vine was selected as a 2017 SIMA (Social Impact Media Awards) Finalist, alongside fellow nominees and VR filmmaking pioneers such as Felix & Paul and Nonny de la Peña.  

 

 

In 2015, a VR film he stitched and edited, ‘You Are Here: San Francisco’, was nominated for ‘Best VR Documentary’ by Digital Hollywood in their ‘Best of VR 2015’ awards, alongside fellow industry-leading nominees such as Within and Jaunt.

 

 

Blake also specializes in live-streaming VR productions. In April 2016, he was responsible for stitching the most ambitious 360° live-stream on YouTube in history, at the 2016 Coachella Festival. In 2017, he worked with 360 Designs to live-stream the Reggae SumFest in VR from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

 

 

Blake has filmed a number of musicians in VR, including Radiohead, The xx, Crystal Castles, DJ Shadow, The Avalanches, Devendra Banhart, and Tory Lanez. He has assisted with live-streaming VR concerts by artists including Ice Cube, Major Lazer, Guns N’ Roses, Sizzla, Sean Paul, and Matt & Kim.