Mary Katherine Goddard
MARY KATHARINE GODDARD (2016)
Project in collaboration with National Women's History Museum, https://www.nwhm.org/
Format : Volumetric Video / Photogrammetry
This VR film tells the little-known story of Mary Katherine Goddard (1738-1816), printer of the first official Declaration of Independence that went on to be signed by the founders of the nation. Goddard, printer and acting postmaster was the driving force behind the only newspaper in the nation that never ceased printing during the revolution.
THE FUTURE IS VOLUMETRIC: PHOTOGRAMMETRY, VIDEOGRAMMETRY, AND IMMERSIVE VR
Founded by industry pioneer Nonny de la Peña, Emblematic Group builds award-winning, immersive news and branded content.
While most VR to date has been 360° video, EG specializes in volumetric, ‘walk around’ VR, AR, and MR. These more immersive formats will become more accessible as hardware develops: headsets like the HTC Vive will come down in price, while Google’s Daydream and Project Tango and Apple’s iPhone 8 will increase the interactive and volumetric capacity of mobile.
Content creation is equally poised for change. Until now, volumetric environments and characters were built in CG, at great expense. Now, the emerging field of photogrammetry allows the creation of realistic spaces at scale, while videogrammetry records video-quality humans without the need for costly motion capture labs.
...BREAKING THE RULES OF TRADITIONAL VR
The first showing of a rough cut of Mary Katherine Goddard in VR was a hit at the installation shown on Capitol Hill November 16th. Little did viewers know that in addition to be a terrific art/historic/entertaining piece, it also breaks the rules of traditional VR and pushes the boundaries as film-makers have been doing since the Lumiere Brothers in the late 1800s.
Like The Jazz Singer (1927), Citizen Kane (1941), or The Matrix (1999), have pushed the limits of technology and technique of their times, Mary Katherine Goddard is doing it as well as well but under the radar; it is the first time in VR’s history that two characters are put in a situation of dialogue in videogrammetry.
With the help of the latest technologies, as well as Nonny’s brilliant creative execution, our piece explores the arts of photogrammetry and videogrammetry and brings them solidly together in a form that will be much imitated in the years to come..
Special screening at US Congress
This November 16th, Congress has heard arguments from an independent and bipartisan Commission formed by an act of Congress in December, 2014 to study the potential for a national women's history museum in Washington, D.C. (www.womenshistorycommission.org.)
One part of the Commission's case was presented in the form of a virtual reality film directed by Nonny de la Peña, one of the nation's most forward-thinking technologists and compelling storytellers, by giving the U.S. Congress a first look at what tools and technology might help better illustrate the real story of the contributions of America's women.