About

Yasmin Elayat is an Emmy-award winning immersive director whose work pushes the boundaries of immersive narrative and participatory experiences. Yasmin is Co-Founder at Scatter, an immersive entertainment and software company, where she heads content, production and marketing initiatives. Scatter is recognized for pioneering the emerging language of Volumetric Filmmaking through its original volumetric film productions and its AR/VR creativity tools. Scatter’s first product Depthkit is the most widely used toolkit for accessible volumetric video capture.

Yasmin directed the award-winning Zero Days VR (Sundance 2017) a documentary about cyber warfare and the Stuxnet virus, which won the Emmy for Original Approaches: Documentary. Zero Days VR was called “revolutionary” (VRScout) and “one of the most powerful VR documentaries” (Voices of VR).

Yasmin co-directed Blackout: an immersive documentary inviting New Yorkers to share their stories in their own voice which Engadget called “a VR love letter to NYC’s subway riders.” The first installation of the in-progress documentary premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2017. She is the co-creator of 18DaysInEgypt, an interactive documentary about the Egyptian Revolution that was lauded as one the Moments of Innovation in Participatory Documentary. Upcoming projects include Changing Same, a magical-realist, afro-futurist virtual reality film which explores the cyclical history of racial injustice in America. Changing Same is a co-production between RADA Film Group and Scatter in collaboration with the MIT Open Documentary Lab’s Co-Creation Studio and Executive Producers are POV and Fledgling Fund.

Yasmin’s body of work spans new media documentaries, immersive experiences, site-specific and large-scale installations.

Her work has been awarded an Emmy for Original Approaches: DocumentaryBest Cinematic VR and Best Narrative Achievement by the Unity Vision Summit, Best Narrative Experience Webby award, Honorary Mentions by Prix Ars Electronica (2012 and 2017), was selected by the Sundance Institute New Frontier Lab, supported by Tribeca Film Institute and Ford Foundation, and named one the Moments of Innovation in Participatory Documentary by MIT Open Documentary Lab & IDFA DocLab

Yasmin’s work has exhibited at various festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, SIGGRAPH, Festival de Cannes, and the World Economic Forum.