After Solitary”, a collaboration between Emblematic Group and FRONTLINE, is a groundbreaking virtual reality experience that places the viewer physically and emotionally inside an otherwise inaccessible world. It was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW 2017 for best room scale VR, the top prize at the World VR Forum, and has showcased at AFI Docs and SIFFX.
We went to Kenny's house and captured his bedroom in photogrammetry. The user can walk around in the room as if they were there.
After Solitary is a visceral window into the practice of solitary confinement co-directed by Cassandra Herrman and Lauren Mucciolo. It features ex-offender Kenny Moore’s story of being held in long-term solitary confinement in the mid-90’s at Maine State Prison and what happened to him when he returned home to his family. This groundbreaking journalistic experience is based off three years of rigorous investigative reporting and marries cutting-edge photogrammetry technology that places users inside of two photorealistic 3D scanned environments—one of a solitary cell and the other of an ordinary bedroom—with a videogrammetry capture hologram of Kenny.
We went to Kenny's cell, where he spent 5,5 years of his life, and captured it in photogrammetry. When the user puts on the goggles, he can walk in the cell, as if he was there.
To make the experience more effective, we invited Kenny to the 8i studios to capture his testimony in volummetric video.
WWF17 Grand Prize
In fact, since he was released from prison a few months ago, he says he continues to walk around asking people, "Do I act normally?", because getting back to socializing again with people was THAT difficult,” noted Gamelin.