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  • Augmented Reality
  • 360° Video
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Dan Archer

Archer (MFA, MA) is a thought leader in the VR/AR/interactive storytelling space and founded Empathetic Media in 2015. He is a 2016 fellow at the Tow Center at Columbia University and was a Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow (University of Missouri, 2014) and a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University (2011).

Axel Drioli

Axel has been working in audio for several years with a focus on immersive storytelling and how to integrate spatial sound to make experiences more convincing and emotional. His goal is to make people aware of immersive sound, and how powerful it is. 

Andrew O’Connell

O’Connell is an experienced Unity developer who has modeled, programmed and shipped 3D environments for indie game studios as well as simulation-focused software companies.


Empathetic Media leverages cutting-edge technology to target the latest generation of story consumers. We believe that the combination of experiential, first-person storytelling approaches with virtual reality, 360 video, augmented reality and graphic journalism is the key to fostering empathy between storytellers and their subjects. We are a production studio specialized in developing custom storytelling and platform solutions for popular consumption of 3D immersive content. By combining editorial and technological expertise with a proprietary asset library, 3D scanning and story templates, we are able to produce high quality immersive experiences. From mobile to tablet to desktop to fully immersive virtual reality via the Oculus Rift headset, we will tailor the solution to suit you and your audience’s needs. We’re familiar with all the software to make it happen: Unity, HTML5, Maya, After Effects to name only a few. Each of our team members was selected for their industry-leading performance in their respective field and we have a proven track record with the leading global news brands like Washington Post, Magnum Foundation, Associated Press and Fusion.