Volumetric Filmmaking is a growing movement in immersive (AR/VR/MR) content characterized by interactive experiences created using predominantly 3D scanned imagery. Techniques such as volumetric video and photogrammetry are used in conjunction with game engines to enable viewer agency within reconstructed lifelike environments.
A true hybrid of video games and cinema, volumetric filmmaking draws inspiration from related creative disciplines, such as documentary film, immersive theater, cinematic 360° virtual reality, interactive installations, choose-your-own-adventure books, walking simulator games, and generative art.
A still from Scatter's original volumetric film Blackout
Visual storytelling is evolving beyond the confines of flat screens and expanding into the spatial dimension. It's the biggest revolution in the moving image since the leap from still photography to movies.
At Scatter we have coined the term Volumetric Filmmaking to characterize this movement. We believe this it fuses the crafts of video games and filmmaking, creating something completely new. This format excels at conveying narratives that draw from the world – real places, real people, real stories – presented in interactive environments that invite viewers to participate and interact.
There are important stories that can only be told through volumetric filmmaking.
Still from Scatter's volumetric film adaptation of the Participant Media documentary "Zero Days"
Our mission at Scatter is to create and empower the quintessential volumetric films that embody the creative potential of the Volumetric Filmmaking medium. We create original experiences at our studio, and build tools as product of our creative experimentation. Depthkit is a tool that we've created to tell our stories.
Depthkit is now available to others in a bid to foster a creative community to join us in this project of creative invention. Together, with you as our collaborators we have an opportunity to define and discover the emerging language of volumetric filmmaking.
Interested in learning more?
- Get started making your own volumetric films with Depthkit
- Read about the history of Volumetric Filmmaking from Scatter CEO James George
- Join us in person at our regular Volumetric Filmmakers NYC meet up
- Join our Volumetric Filmmakers Facebook Group to discuss the craft and art of volumetric.
- Join the conversation on our Forums.
|Examples of Volumetric Films|