VR Confinement Sketches

30-second VR narratives made from photogrammetry scans of personal spaces.

Celine Yu, Hank D Wu, Jessica Chon, Michael Naimark, Qianyi Chen, Tian Qin, Wenhan Dou, Yayuan Zheng, Yanru Zhu, Zexing Li



The 9 students were asked to reflect on their confinement environments and express their feelings about it. Though they knew the final project would be in VR, they began with conventional photography. They then learned photogrammetry with their smartphones (mostly using Metashape) and how to export to and compose in Unity, while also writing and recording 30-second personal voice-overs and background audio. They also added simple shapes, lighting, and “camera on rails” movement, then exported to stereo-panoramic video, which we titled and uploaded to YouTube as a 5-minute a 3D 360 video.

Special thanks to David Santiano, our Research Associate for Telepresence!

IMA/IMB Shanghai
VR I AR Fundamentals

On the Way Back

On the way back is a storytelling based installation based on true history to explore the isolation and essential loneliness of human.

Wenhan Dou



The project is based on and adapted from historical events in 1992. A Soviet astronaut was on his mission in space when Soviet Union collapsed so that he was trapped in space longer than he expected, unsure about when to go back. The project sets up the scene in an office desk of a rocket launch center, the staff working on this desk is receiving messages from that astronaut in the space station. The supporting documents and newspapers on the office desk, together with the message from the universe will bring the audience back to 1992 and have an immersive experience.

IMA/IMB Shanghai
Capstone Studio (Shanghai)