The following is a review I did for PLSN magazine in June. It’s quite the projector and I was able to clip some quick video together as well.
The problem with new technology and gear is that you usually only get to put your hands on it the day before a gig, or worse, actually ON the gig. I’ll admit- under duress is usually the best way to learn a piece of gear, but not exactly the most stress-free activity in the world. So I was delighted to be able to get my hands on the Barco HDX W20 Flex actually IN a shop and not under any time gun or a client breathing down my neck.
The Barco HDX W20 Flex is their latest addition (more…)
Check out this cake getting video mapped. I would’ve done this if I hadn’t been married so long ago. Very cool effects! But it doesn’t really make for a gorgeous cake when eating it, no?
Yes. Yes, it did. Killed it quite completely. And this video is just as cool, if not cooler, than Pomplamoose’s previous one.
You know we’re fans of architecture and also Luftwerk. But the duo of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallardo are teaming up again to illuminate the iconic Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. You may recall Luftwerk’s treatment of Falling Water…a projectionmapping treat on one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s seminal works that we featured here. Projecting onto highly valued, protected works of architectural magnificence is not inexpensive. Luftwerk has initiated a Kickstarter campaign called INsite, to help fund the Farnsworth project so if you feel compelled, head on over to their site and kick a few bucks towards it. The Farnsworth House is one of my personal faves in the mid-century lexicon, in fact the house I grew up in closely resembles the lines. They do good work and your help would be most appreciated.
From their press release:
“Luftwerk launches Kickstarter Campaign
The artist duo of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, also known as Luftwerk have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund INsite, a temporary public art
experience that transforms Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House into a canvas of light and sound.
“Based on an architectural video mapping test in the fall of 2012 we feel destined to make INsite a public experience. We are very excited to launch this campaign now and hope to illuminate the Farnsworth House in October 2014 after dark with funds raised by May 31st through Kickstarter.”
INsite intends to bring a new experience to the Farnsworth House that will attract new audiences and celebrate the lasting relevance of the architecture. By choosing Kickstarter as a way to support INsite, Luftwerk hopes to excite the community and build the audience for the fall installation. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Mies enthusiasts and architecture lovers to see this icon of modern architecture in a new light.
Luftwerk’s fundraising goal is $25,000, which will support project development and equipment needs, as well as the installation and operation of the exhibit. Ten video projectors, encased in weatherproof housing, will display a seamless composition that highlights the structural minimalism of the Farnsworth House and its glass walls from the exterior to the interior. The video installation will be accompanied by an original music composition by Owen Clayton Condon, a Chicago based percussionist and composer and former member of Third Coast Percussion.
Luftwerk has delighted and illuminated viewers with a history of completing major commissions on landmark architecture. In 2011 they illuminated one of America’s most extraordinary buildings: Fallingwater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. “Celebrating 75 years of Art in Nature” was followed by a site-specific video installation “Luminous Field” (2012) that transformed Millennium Park into a digital playground, attracting over 65,000 visitors in only ten nights.”
Our friends over at PointCloud Media just did a proof-of-concept for a project called “Raylight4D”, a really cool projectionmapping system for pools. Although details are necessarily quiet, Jack Hattingh explains, “The test was done with a ##### projector and the most beautiful thing is that the ambient light above the water does not affect the image.. the contrast ratio is pretty good and you can get good results with less projectors. 3D projections on water are typically cheaper, since they require less projectors compared with 3D building projections; and typically, no permits are required to use pool sites for projection mapping. Essentially, pools are also more conducive to projection mapping because of their low ambient lighting, color, and ubiquity.”
Mermaids, sharks, disappearing sand….pools make a perfect mapping surface! Next step- motion tacking interactivity???
Check out some of Jack’s other work HERE, or head over to PointCloud’s website and check it out!
From AV Interactive:
Digital Projection, the UK based manufacturer of DLP projectors, has been shortlisted for the best ‘Specialist projector of the year’ in the annual prestigious AV Awards.
The projector has been recognised for its 20,000 lumen output from such a small and compact chassis, and the overall winner will be announced on 11th October 2013 at the Hilton Hotel in London, UK.
Commenting on the shortlisting, Dermot Quinn, COO & Director of Development said, ” The remit set for the Development Team was to create a projector with the luminance and colour performance traditionally associated with Xenon, but with the compactness, reliability and low cost of ownership of mercury lamp technology. Highly specialised, software controlled cooling has been developed to keep each lamp within its ideal thermal operating range, the performance of each arc being constantly monitored to maintain coupling efficiency over life. The result is not only very a high initial light output, but also exceptional lumen maintenance over the lamps life.Comprehensive video processing and fully automatic, user-friendly HDMI 1.4 3D offers flicker free 120Hz frame rate capability. These ultra high bandwidth inputs with zero latency compliment the Warp, Blend, and PIP to offer a projector for any venue”
They’re up against the Panny PT-DZ21K 20k and the Epson EB-G6900WU. No word on the over/under for this race, but my money’s on DP.
I’ve been a Clancy fan from the beginnings of Rainbow Six to the latest release of Splinter Cell- even going so far as to join gaming ladders and lose myself in FPS overload. So I was absolutely giddy when I saw the latest press from Leviathan. Looks like Touchdesigner was the weapon of choice for the mockups and playback…read on:
From our friends to the North:
CHICAGO – Aug. 27, 2013 – The principals of the award-winning Leviathan creative studio are very proud to showcase their artistry for Ubisoft(R) Entertainment at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) trade show. At its global press conference streamed live worldwide this past June, Ubisoft dramatically announced the forthcoming release of the next blockbuster title in the critically acclaimed Tom Clancy franchise. That title, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, was released last week in the U.S. and Europe. (more…)
Huge shout out to our friends Jack Hattingh and Alan Demafiles- they’ve opened up shop at Pointcloud Media and their website is live. Check it out- they have an immense background in projectionmapping, domes, and other creative uses of projection.
I know- it’s been a while. The summer, sadly, has gone. I pretty much worked and relaxed and didn’t pay too much attention to the blog. Life is like that- hit it hard in some areas, lay low in others. But luckily those patterns are bound to shift and I feel change a’comin’. To start off, we just finished a multi-million dollar renovation to the theatre I work at…which sounds glorious on the surface. In reality, it was replacement of the seats and carpet, addition of air conditioning to the tech areas, and a lot of paint and roofing. Not at all what you’d think from a gear perspective, but we did get a kick-ass sound system out of the deal- details forthcoming….
But about the PODCAST! I’d toyed around with the idea of other media for a while but the opportunity never really presented itself and being a video guy, my heart wasn’t in it. But along came George Tucker from AV Nation with just enough idea and wax to spark me and viola! A podcast! But what the heck would anyone want to listen to? Projection stuff of course!
In the first of what I hope will be a series of casts, I interviewed Bryan Dodson (along with Michelle Dodson and Brian Blessinger) of Integrated Visions. You’ve seen them here before….they’ve done all manner of projectionmapping projects and curated an art show that used projectionmapping as the primary medium. I was completely honored to use the interview for the inaugural run of the Projectionfreak Podcast. Much thanks go to the IVP team for putting up with my schedule and really shedding some light on a fascinating subject. AV Nation has a ton of other podcasts as well with a wide range of projection related topics so be sure to give them a listen.
And about that schedule…..keep on reading- there’s some great stuff coming up (including some gear reviews)
I know it may come as a surprise, but I don’t go to movies that often. I have a theater rig at home and with three kiddos the time, expense, and hassle of going to the theater to see a movie is just…well, not that often. We went this past Friday to see Despicable Me 2 and decided to take the whole entourage….we had a $25 gift card and the matinee is cheap anyway. After shelling out another $25 for snacks/popcorn/crud we sat in pretty maxed out stadium-style seats just off-center-right. I watched the previews and noticed that all the text was either drop shadowed or just out of alignment. I looked up to the booth and saw that they were indeed using two projectors- definitely out of convergence. For a minute I thought maybe they’re set for some sort of 3D setting and when the feature came on they would be in line. Not so. The Feature was just as fuzzy. I thought- OK, I’ll just watch and enjoy. But I kept going back to it- it was making me crazy!
Really? In a modern theater that uses what I think are decent digital projectors- out of alignment? Maybe my off-axis viewing was the culprit- but I don’t think so. I don’t think that Regal would shell out the dough for an auto-align system…so I found myself thinking about the theaters in the past with actual operators that would ensure a clean, beautiful presentation- devoid of (holy-crap-I-can’t-believe-their-projectors-are-not-converged) alignment errors. Do they occasionally go through and align the rig? Wait- I paid a crazy amount of money to watch a feature- and it’s out of alignment????
Needless to say I won’t be seeing any movies at the cinema too soon. I’ll watch them on my properly tweaked, single gun system at home. And when I do have to use my two projectors at work, I’m going to make it a point to make sure they are not only properly converged, but razor-sharp. I sent an email using Regal’s lame “contact us” web-form, but you can only submit 255 characters, so I don’t think I got my point across. It’ll probably end up in some cyber-trashcan anyway.
From our friends over at Immersive Ltd. comes this building-sized projectionmapping done at the Friends House, home of Quakers in Britain.
Ben tells me they used 3 x Christie Roadie 35K to do the gig. Parts of the content were created by the in-house creative at Immersive’s Studio using 3D Studio Max, After Effects, Cinema 4D, Maya. Immersive also worked with students to produce some of the content using a variety of packages. Students were from Ravensbourne College, University of West London, Middlesex University and Teeside University.
The final piece was edited together in Final Cut Pro. The resolution of the project was 3600 x 1080.
The mapping and playback was from 2 x T4 Ai media servers a primary playback machine and a hot spare running through a Switcher.
Biofuel power lights and sound equipment by Firefly Solar (http://www.fireflysolar.net/). Sound design by Zen Death Squad (http://zendeathsquad.com/), music by Jazon Mraz (http://jasonmraz.com/) and the project was curated and directed by Immersive Ltd (http://www.immersive.eu/). Immersive donated the project to Greenpeace UK.
Got a great tip on a massive 360deg. projection rig for New Zealand’s Barfoot and Thompson’s 90th birthday. Spyglass used 22 Christie 20k projectors and covered about a 290m image of immersive projection. From blowing out 90 candles to a full 90 year history of barefoot and Thompson, this was truly impressive!
In typical, glorious Disney-fied fashion Spaceship Earth, the giant golfball icon of Epcot, was transformed into Mike Wazowski- the one-eyed character from Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. to celebrate the the park’s recent “Monstrous Summer” kickoff. Visual stunts on this scale are nothing new for the Mouse, in fact I’m surprised they haven’t done it on SE before. The projectionmapped “Magic, Memories, and You” show on Cinderella’s castle was their first foray into building-sized mapping and while impressive, was a little slow on the uptake. But like all things Disney, it’s done really well and to an extent that most other entertainment venues can’t come near in terms of quality and execution.
For the Monter Summer kickoff, they used 8 Christie 35k projectors utilizing Twist for the curvature. I won’t make it down there until October so I’ll probably miss it….but maybe they’ll come up with some other theme for the 188-foot perfect projection surface.
Here’s the behind-the-scene:
Got a great tip from Erick Calderon over at Light Art Interactive- his new projectionmapping app for iOS called- you guessed it- Light Art. Erick works a lot with Touchdesigner and got tired of using giant computers to come up with mapping schemes, so why not make a tablet app? I haven’t had a chance to download and use it yet, but it looks fascinating. As soon as I procure an iPad, I’ll let you know how it goes, but in the meantime, for those of you with an iPad with an HDMI interface, give it a go and let me know…better yet- let Erick know!
From The Agency, comes this great looking project- shot at night in the forest of Fontainebleau. Romain tells me they first shot the band members in their photo studio. Then, during the night in the forest of Fontainebleau, they projected their portraits on the rocks and trees and then took about 600 pictures (like a stop-motion). Finally, they assembled the pictures and added a camera traveling (parallax) and transitions between pictures (morphing) with Apple’s Motion software. Love that they did it on the fly, with a car battery and an inverter!
- video projector Optoma 3000 lumens
- electrical converter
- power supply car battery
- midi keyboard
- camera Nikon D800
- Apple Motion
- Apple Final Cut
When I was a kid growing up on the West Coast, the hot ticket in shoes was to own a pair of Vans. They ultimately became the de-facto skate/surf/grunge wear shoe-of-choice when they came out with the slip-on version (still are AFAIK). The beauty of Vans at that point (early 80′s) was that they were still quite boutique and you could pick and choose different colors/fabrics for the various designs they had. If you were reeeaallllly cool, you could take (as I did) your own fabric in and have them make a pair for you.
Fast forward 30 years and you get the following. (more…)
There’s some great videos coming out of the Mapping Festival 2013 held May 2-12 in Geneva. I’ll post some more this week- We’ve seen the work of Bordos.Artworks in the past, but here’s a reminder- I wish I had a decent pair of 3D goggles…..
By all accounts it looks like Form and Substance was a big success. If you couldn’t make it to the show, here’s a little teaser footage with a few recognizable pieces….
Hoping to get some details from Bryan in the near future…
Big reminder- Form and Substance: Projection Mapping in Contemporary Art, the first group exhibition in the United States dedicated exclusively to artists working with projection mapping as a medium- is this Friday. If you’re in the NYC area and you’re a fan, get to this exhibition!
In addition to the already outstanding line-up (including Davy and Kristin McGuire, John Ensor Parker, Joanie Lemercier), they’ve added two new artists to the roster: Joel Fitzpatrick is a fine artist, fashion designer, interior designer, lighting designer, and production designer. He will be presenting three works, including a collaboration with New York based painter and graffiti artist Adam Dare.
The exhibition opens Friday, May 10 at 6 PM at the Gowanus Ballroom at 55 9th Street in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The opening party is from 6 PM to 10 PM, and entry is free.
There will be a $10 cover charge starting at 10 PM, with Percussion Lab residents Nooka Jones and Archie Pelago playing till 4 AM. Proceeds from the door go to benefit the Gowanus Ballroom, which is still recovering from damage incurred during Hurricane Sandy.
The full list of artists is below. We are also still accepting tax-deductibe donations to help defray costs, including travel and accommodations for our foreign artists, promotional expenses, and production costs for several works. All donations are processed by Mister Artsee, a 501 (c) (3) arts-industry non-profit. Email for details about donating.
I know I know….Coachella’s in full swing and UMF is so- well, done. But UMF was a huge hit this year (surprise) and along with being a huge hit, you have to have huge structures- like this one:
Design by Stephen Lieberman – SJ Lighting -sjlighting.net Production by AG Lights & Sound – ag.tc Video by ASK Media Productions – Adam Kaplan – askmediaproductions.com
Barco’s DP2K-10Sx looks like a great PJ for smaller venues and art-cinemas. With 9k output and 3TB of RAID 5 DCP Doremi storage, it’s listed with a max screen size of 9-10m for 2D. It looks to be in the ranks with the Solaria 1 and the Sony SRX-R515. Rumor is the street price is $35k-ish. Read on:
Tim Sinnaeve, Market Director Digital Cinema at Barco: “Going digital is a big and important step for smaller cinemas. There is a lot of concern in the industry that the transition from 35mm to digital threatens the survival of smaller, independent and arthouse cinemas that take up a unique position in the cinema landscape. Barco strongly believes that Digital Cinema also offers a unique opportunity for these cinemas to thrive, as it offers them flexibility in their programming and new business opportunities. Our new projector will make the transition easier for smaller theaters and help them grasp these new opportunities.”
The Barco DP2K-10Sx projector comes as a fully integrated, DCI-compliant projector – including a 0.69” DLP Cinema® projector, a high-grade cinema lens and an Integrated Media Server with integrated redundant storage. In it’s class, it offers the brightest and sharpest image quality, being the perfect worry-free solution to go digital with minimal hassle and risk.
Check out this massive work from QED. They were contracted to projectionmap the stage for the BBC broadcast of “Funny for Money”, a huge fundraiser put on by Red Nose Day to help people in need.
From their press release:
“QED Productions successfully delivered ground-breaking video mapping and stage lighting integration for Comic Relief’s seven-hour television broadcast on BBC One, by using nineteen high-brightness Christie 3-chip DLP projectors.
According to QED Director Paul Wigfield “not only was this was the most challenging indoor projection mapping ever attempted but also the entire rig had to be installed in just one day”. (more…)
Indiana University’s outstanding Opera department teamed up with the Indianapolis Opera to produce Philip Glass’ masterpiece “Akhnaten”, a first in many ways for opera in the midwest. It was the first time the collegiate program has staged a Glass opera, it was the first time a Glass opera has been seen in Indianapolis, and it was the first time I got to lay my hands on the venerable Barco FLM 22+. There’s an excellent article over at NUVO- worth a read…but I’ll focus mainly on the projection. I’m a huge Philip Glass fan (occasionally OD’ing on the Qatsi trilogy is a fave pastime) so I was stoked when I learned I would be the tip-of-the-spear for an actual production in the 30th anniversary year of the seminal work. For the last week I’ve been hunkered down at PFHQ breathing 98 degree air- sitting behind two of these behemoth DLP projectors. The rig was originally designed to have both projectors doing different things, but with the shot from our venue slightly (!) different than the original presenting venue, we decided to converge and let ‘em rip.
I know, you’ll all want to see gorgeous panoramic displays of the actual imagery, but all I had time for was the down-and-dirty tech porn. Sorry- you’ll just have to find it on Youtube. Playback was achieved with HogPC software on a laptop feeding Artnet to the PJ’s and to another machine (a beefy Dell Precision) running Arkaos MediaMaster Pro. Mike Schwandt was kind enough to cue the show with a Hog Playback wing, so the run was super easy and quite accurate. We shot about 120′ onto a tight-weave white scrim for an image roughly 50′w x 32′h. There were a few unique shapes…one was the scrim flown out to a trim of about 8′h x full width for a scrolling Book of the Dead. Another was an open, unfocused nebula during a Firefly effect that was quite pretty. All in all it was a piece of cake and the IU Opera was great to work with. Hope to do it again someday!
Stay tuned in May when the IO presents The Flying Dutchman, heavy on the projection!
AntiVJ has once again conquered a major projection mapping on a very unique structure. Paleodictyon is shot onto the curved exterior of architect Shigeru Ban’s the Centre Pompidou Metz, France. “(The piece is) loosely inspired by the work and research of deep-sea expert Peter A. Rona, (and) abolishes notions of scale by contrasting micro-architecture with human construction. Fascinated by the marks left by unknown creatures called Paleodictyon Nodosum, he offers the hypothesis that these hexagonal structures are designed in order to cultivate bacteria. A modern day Captain Nemo, Peter A. Rona wanders relentlessly across the seabed looking to discover (more…)