If you want to experience volumetric films to get a sense of the creative potential, check out the projects below. Some require specialized virtual reality or augmented reality headsets, while others are available on the web or mobile devices.
Based on the Participant Media feature-length documentary Zero Days Directed by Alex Gibney, Zero Days VR introduces a new dimension to the original feature by telling the story from a perspective that wasn’t possible before the emergence of virtual reality. The Zero Days VR experience visualizes the story of Stuxnet in a new way: audiences will be placed inside the invisible world of computer viruses experiencing the high stakes of cyber warfare at a human scale. Zero Days VR is the first volumetric experience to win an Emmy award!
by Jonathan Minard & James George (Co-Founder, Scatter)
A generation of artists and hackers have emerged on the internet using open source technologies for experiments in art and design. CLOUDS is an interactive documentary and a portrait of this community of digital pioneers, explored through the lens of code. The project asks questions about the future of creativity at a time when algorithms play an important role in shaping culture.
CLOUDS was the genesis of Depthkit, the first interactive documentary to use a combination of volumetric video capture with virtual reality.
Experience CLOUDS on Oculus Rift or Desktop (PC/Mac)
Grammy Award-winning recording artist and music technology innovator Imogen Heap and TheWaveVR a groundbreaking social virtual reality (VR) platform, have teamed up to create a first-of-its-kind immersive music performance.
Imogen Heap VR is centered on a Depthkit-powered holographic experience where Imogen performs a series of songs including an unreleased Frou Frou track and an entirely new mix of “Hide and Seek.” Debuted on TheWaveVR, the performance transports viewers to Imogen’s home studio in London.
Universe Within: Digital Lives in the Global Highrise is an interactive documentary that takes us into the apartments, hearts, minds and computers of vertical citizens around the world to reveal the digital human condition in the 21st century. Trapped in our highrise units, can we find love, hate, peace, god, community—or a better world—online?
Experience Highrise Universe Within on the web
by Google Data Arts
Virtual Art Sessions is a Chrome Experiment in virtual reality art, made with the immersive drawing program Tilt Brush. Google teamed up with six world-renowned artists, bringing them a new way to paint, draw and sculpt. Their sessions were recorded with Depthkit and made accessible on the web, so you can explore how the artists developed their virtual reality creations from any angle.
Participating artists include Andrea Blasich, Christoph Niemann, Harald Belker, Katie Rodgers, Seung Yul Oh, and Yok & Sheryo
by Shirin Anlen and Or Fleisher
At the beginning of 2017, Tzina Dizengoff square, one of Tel Aviv’s emblematic sites, was demolished. The square was a home for the lonely and marginalized characters of the area. This project tells the story of the people who gravitated toward the square and spent their days in it. In this interactive WebVR documentary, they talk about their lives and the square. Tzina: symphony of longing invites the viewer for a physical walk to explore the square and it characters at different times of the day, with elements of animation, fantasy and interactive sound.
Watch Tzina Symphony of Longing on the on the web
Since this is such a new medium, a lot of the more recent volumetric films are still touring festivals as installations and have not yet been distributed. While you can't yet download them yourself, read below to catch a glimpse of amazing experiences to come.
Blackout is a virtual reality documentary where New Yorkers share their own stories in their own voice. Blackout is a living document, an ongoing participatory project gathering stories of real people living in this city under today’s heightened political climate. Blackout aims to bridge social differences by illuminating the moments when our lives intersect in a space where those stratifications are most visible - on the New York subway.
Blackout shows off the forthcoming Depthkit Studio product for multi-camera 360 full body capture.
by Brownsville Community Justice Center, Peoples Culture
The geography of Brownsville, Brooklyn is divided by an ongoing rivalry between public housing developments. In this virtual reality documentary, players from both sides of the conflict work together to explore the stories, histories, and dreams of the community and its residents. By participating in this world-adventure simulation, players must traverse the structural realities of the neighborhood while searching to answer a simple question; do we have more in common than we once thought?
Still from Fireflies of Brownsville
By Aaron Bradbury, NSC Creative
This creative nonfiction experience uses multi-narrative and volumetric capture to journey through the mind of Lisa as she remembers her lost love, Erik. Fragments of memories of their life together appear inside a void and, over time, become entangled with a haunting vision, culminating in the shocking moment of Erik's death.
Vestige takes advantage of the new Zero Days Look available in Unity Plugin v0.2.4.
Read about the making of Vestige on No Film School
By Asad J. Malik, 1RIC
Terminal 3 is an interactive, augmented-reality documentary that explores contemporary Muslim identities in the U.S. through the lens of an airport interrogation. As viewers put on the Hololens, they step into the uncanny to directly interrogate, and determine the fate of, the hologram passenger before them. These interrogations become strikingly personal encounters that only end when the participant decides if the hologram should be let into the country or not—but there is a twist.
Listen to an interview with Terminal 3 Director Asad J Malik on the BBC or read about it on Fast Company
By Illya Szilak & Cyril Tsiboulski
Queerskins explores the dynamic tension between the “real” and the virtual, fact and fiction, memory and desire through a compelling, character-driven narrative. The story revolves around a complex relationship between a devoutly Catholic mother and her gay son who dies of AIDS. Queerskins explores the quintessentially human desire to transcend ordinary reality through memory, belief and imagination.
Read about Queerskins on Forbes
By Irem Harnak, Elli Raynai
Comprised of photographs and cutting edge virtual reality volumetric testimonials, Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity is an interactive mixed-media documentary that explores how transgender men are challenging gender norms and redefining the traditional notions of masculinity.
By Lynette Wallworth
From legendary artist/director Lynette Wallworth and the Amazonian Yawanawa people, “Awavena” is a stunning tale of metamorphosis, and the second in a series of mixed-reality works by Lynette Wallworth and producer Nicole Newnham, following their Emmy-winning VR film “Collisions.”
For the Amazonian Yawanawa, ‘medicine’ has the power to travel you in a vision to a place you have never been. Hushuhu, the first woman shaman of the Yawanawa uses VR like medicine to open a portal to another way of knowing. AWAVENA is a collaboration between a community and an artist, melding technology and transcendent experience so that a vision can be shared, and a story told of a people ascending from the edge of extinction.
Depthkit is used to capture the first shawoman as a guide to share the Yawanawa story and visions, this immersive work presents flourescent and bioluminescent specimens in previously unseen colors from the forest world, to create a vivid, luminous vision.
Listen to filmmaker Lynette Wallworth discuss her process with BBC In The Studio
Still from Awavena
Understanding Sufism, by its very nature, is experiential. It is a commonly misunderstood branch of Islam that is often typecast as esoteric, mystical, and far outside of mainstream practices. But in many Muslim countries, Sufism is deeply bound to national heritage and other artistic outlets. Zikr enables four people at a time to experience Sufism much as practitioners do in Tunisia and, together, participate in ecstatic music rituals and encounter new spiritual possibilities.
Depthkit is used to capture the performances of Sufi rituals, mixed with 360 video for a magical real experience.
Still from Zikr
Trinity is the pilot episode for a VR series set in a future where humans have long been extinct and androids are fighting a final war against an all-powerful AI.
Read about Trinity on the Made with Unity blog
At Scatter, we consider anyone who uses Depthkit to be our creative collaborators in helping to shape the medium. We have a special program called Powered by Depthkit dedicated to providing in kind creative, technical and production support for projects from our community.
Special attention is paid to telling stories with a social mission and elevating voices of first time creators with a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.
At the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, three out of the five experiences in the immersive category were powered by Depthkit.
Check out the trailer below to get a taste of these exciting forthcoming volumetric films!