Alexander Porter

Alexander Porter is an Emmy-winning immersive director, documentarian, and an inventor and designer behind the most widely used software for volumetric video production. Alexander creates documentaries and interactive art. A recent project, Truth or Consequences (Rotterdam, 2020), is a speculative documentary about the town nearest the world’s first commercial spaceport, comprising a film, a local film festival, and a bespoke virtual cinematography tool. Alexander founded Specular, an art collective merging speculative design with software development creating art and real software tools. Specular’s interactive work showed at MoMA, Museum of Art & Design, Sundance and Tribeca Film Festival and others. One of its speculative projects led to founding the software startup Scatter, raising venture capital and building the world’s first volumetric production tool, Depthkit. Recent VR credits include The Changing Same (Sundance, 2021), directing Blackout (Tribeca Storyscapes, 2017), director Styles & Customs in collaboration with DIS (Carnegie Museum of Art, 2017). Alexander was nominated for a Cinema Eye Award for Alex Gibney’s Zero Days (Berlin, 2016), won an Emmy for Zero Days VR (Sundance, 2017), and a few Webby awards. Other credits include Love Child (Sundance, 2014), CLOUDS (Sundance, 2014). Alexander is a lecturer at Johns Hopkins, having taught previously at NYU’s ITP.