November 24, 2017

The walk-in movie "Ein ganzes Leben" (A Whole Life) premiers during a special exhibition at Berlin's Deutsche Kinemathek

The journey through 100 years of movie production history features VR case from Fraunhofer HHI

The exhibition showcases a particularly futuristic technology: walk-in or volumetric movie. This unique new medium portrays the action in a three-dimensional environment, allowing the viewer to move freely around the actors and observe them from any perspective, thus becoming a part of the movie scene. The key volumetric video technology required for such walk-in movies, developed by Fraunhofer HHI, is unique in Europe.

On the occasion of the 100th birthday of the UFA Deutsche Kinemathek, film and television museum in Berlin, the special exhibit "Die Ufa – Geschichte einer Marke" (Ufa - History of a Brand) addresses the strategies of a corporate media group. The premier of the walk-in movie "Ein ganzes Leben" (A Whole Life) will be featured as a part of the exhibition.

Volumetric video is regarded worldwide as the next important development step in the field of media production. Volumetric video is currently becoming a key technology, especially in the context of the extremely rapid development of the Virtual Reality (VR) und Augmented Reality (AR) markets. The Fraunhofer HHI has developed an especially innovative technology for volumetric video, 3D Human Body Reconstruction (3DHBR). UFA LAB and UFA Technology applied 3DHBR in a test production to create an innovative VR experience in the walk-in short movie "Gateway to Infinity". Whereas the holograms for "Gateway to Infinity" could only be presented in limited form with the early development stages of the technology, it is now possible for the first time to capture the actors from all camera perspectives and to place them in virtual space. This makes the experience featured in the exhibition Germany's first walk-in movie in which the actors can be observed from all sides during the action.

"Ein ganzes Leben" is a joint production of UFA LAB and UFA Technology. The movie was produced in partnership with the Fraunhofer HHI, the Deutsche Kinemathek and TRIAD. The project was supported by funding from Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg and Telekom.