From silent film to volumetric video

Virtual reality was yesterday. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Warsaw, UFA X is producing a “walk-in film” entitled “The Dream of Cesare” as a free adaptation and politically allusive homage to the silent film classic “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”.

This is made possible by the company UFA X, which has long since made a name for itself in the field of digital storytelling. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and Volucap, the adaptation of a silent film as a walk-in film is now being created for the first time. “The Dream of Cesare” is the name of the elaborately produced short film and is an adaptation of the expressionist silent film classic “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, which will celebrate its 100th birthday next year. The focus is on the sleepwalker Cesare, who does not know exactly where he stands between dream and reality.

The third volumetric video is now being produced by UFA-X in the specially built Volucap studio in Potsdam-Babelsberg. The technical effort is enormous. A total of 32 high-resolution cameras record the real actors – in this case Arkadius Jakubik and Jakub Gierszal (“The Boat”) – from all sides. The actors are later placed as real-looking images in the respective scenes.

Viewers with appropriate VR glasses can then move towards the actors, walk around them and feel like they are right in the middle of the action.