Recent experimental work has demonstrated that unique high porosity thin films may be ob- tained in physical deposition systems by combining glancing angle deposition with in situ sub-strate motion control [1-7]. The microstructure of these films consists of isolated columns engineered into shapes such as helices, posts, or chevrons. Due to the isolated nature of the columns, the films present a unique opportunity to study fundamental thin film growth behaviour and, in particular, the influence of the self shadowing mechanism in three dimensions. Apart from this academic motivation, there is the need to characterize the physical constraints imposed on the engineering of these films. In particular, this study will have implications for the realization of isolated, periodically arranged nanostructures envisioned for certain applications. Preliminary results from an ongoing study of growth dynamics, morphology, porosity, and scaling behaviour, and the dependence of these features on deposition parameters are presented below.