Box is a visually stimulating short film by San Francisco-based design and engineering studio Bot & Dolly that exemplifies the optically transformative power of current projection mapping technology. With the use of a few robotic arms, moving panels around, the scene is set for a live performance combining human interaction with the illusive images projected onto the moving objects.
Through the complex software’s spatial mapping capabilities, it is able to take the dimensions found in the real space and project images onto it that alter the environment into a digital landscape, adding the illusion of three-dimensionality on flat surfaces. Additionally, the technology allows one to simulate movement on stationary surfaces. Remarkably, all of the effects are done in-camera rather than in a post-editing software like After Effects.
The project states: “Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. We believe this methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations, and define new genres of expression.”
Be sure to check out the full video of the mind-boggling performance, below.