SXSW 2020

Volumetric Documentary; making "The Choice VR"


Documentary film is an art-form as old as cinema itself. It continues to evolve as technology pushes visual media into new frontiers. 'The Choice VR' (in-development) is an immersive volumetric documentary exploring the diverse reasons people choose to have an abortion.
Virtual reality presented opportunities to fundamentally change the relationship a viewer can have with the subject matter. While balancing the finite resources of a documentary art project, the scope grew from a simple 360 video into an internally developed stereoscopic volumetric 6-DOF capture process. Leveraging “person presence” over traditional world presence, the volumetric subjects break down the abstract barriers between them and the viewer in a way never before possible.

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  1. Having a clear focus of how your narrative needs can drive a project towards different technologies.
  2. Designing the experience for the viewers to make it immersive and interactive, without feeling gimmicky
  3. The talk will cover affordable options for volumetric video that makes it possible to capture real people in a way that can be emotionally impactful.



Tom Hall, Co-Founder, Tribe of Pan Inc.

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Presentation
  • Track: XR
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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