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
It’s always great to come across stuff that takes projectionmapping to another level- especially when it’s so simple, but powerful. As is the case with this piece from a dandypunk. He used an NEC NP500 for projecting, and the entire thing was done in Final Cut Pro and dragon Stop motion, no mapping software at all. He says he just photographed the set, imported to FCP and just created the animations around it using key frames and stop motion from hand drawn illustrations. It reminded me a lot of a Pilobolus piece I saw a while back….but it’s another fantastic example of not having to use expensive techniques and gear to achieve a great result.
Direction, illustration*, animation* and performance of all characters* by a dandypunk
*Sacred Geometry by Grahame Gardner westerngeomancy.org
*Tentacle animation by RUBBISHBELT.COM
*Falling silhouetted man performed by Roger Fojas
Eternal thanks to facebook.com/dollskills for many many things..
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I recently took delivery of a new MBP 17″ (quad i7, 8 gb RAM) and it is heaven. Without sounding too much like a fanboi, I have to say unpacking the thing was nothing short of a pleasure. Everything is clean, precise, and extremely well designed. Transfer of apps was only a pain due to machine ID ( I had to go one-by-one to make sure the licenses took). I went ahead and installed Windows 7 for a dual-boot and it was painful. So much about the Windows environment makes me crazy- but- it was so I could take advantage of a few projection related tools that I hope to write up very soon. One is Emulator from our friends at SmithsonMartin, and also Derivative’s Touchdesigner. I’ve been dyeing to take a crack at these and hopefully I’ll only have to deal with the PC side for these and these alone…..
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One of the great things about running Projectionfreak is that I get to connect to all kinds of creative minds in the world of technology. Recently I ran a few pieces that utilized the work of Flightphase-their installation of a huge, interactive video wall at the University of Dayton, and an interactive museum exhibit at the National Maritime Museum in the UK.
Karolina Sobrecka, Creative Director of Flightphase, gets to do some pretty amazing projects and her solo work looks (more…)
I recently had the pleasure of working a show at our theatre called “Street Drum Corps“. For anyone who hasn’t seen them, it’s a quartet of guys that bang on everything from trash cans to printers to microwaves and drums. They also use grinders and powertools. It’s quite a trip. From Cloweshall.org: “Since their formation four years ago, Street Drum Corps have constantly refined their sound on the road, blowing away audiences at nearly every major U.S. festival with their combination of thunderous percussion and visual stimuli. SDC’s shows are a primordial, stomping blast of energy, theatricality and passion. There’s a reason why members of No Doubt, Bad Religion, and Revolution tourmates Atreyu all want to play with them – why Conan O’Brien invited them to perform on his show – and why The Used’s Bert McCracken has practically adopted them as his pet band. SDC are more concerned with rhythm than genre. In their performances, one hears tribal, rock, punk, dance and industrial, all somehow blending together in a chaotic, beautiful mess.” (more…)
Some crazy stuff happening at PF HQ. The sad news is that I had to send one of my Digital Lightning 35hd’s back to the factory for a full refurb. It had gotten to the point where I was having to take lens motors out of it to use in the other PJ, and it was getting a little nutty. As is usually the case with any high-end gear, the motors are apparently pretty hard to come by. I looked up and down and even on the manufacturer’s website- the part number is not listed. I’m thinking they’re a custom sort and only dealer-available. In any case, The symptoms pointed to two things on the 35hd- bad motors, and/or re-programming the lens limits (with bad limit sensors), both of which I’d have to send the unit in anyway, so why not get her spruced up while she’s there? Bon Chance Mon Ami! You’ll be home soon and GET BETTER!
Other happier news- my OWC RAID0 enclosure that started last week with an RMA arrived and appears to be functioning just fine. Odd thing about this drive- the Mighty Macpro will not boot when it’s attached via eSata. No matter what combo I tried….no boot. I’m using it as an external video drive for capture and I’m not even booting to it…it’s just that when it is on the system I can’t even boot from the primary drive! I had heard of some issues with a quad-interface drive and Apple before, but all appears well now. The big machine booted up just fine and recognizes the external RAID. Now I’m going to try and figure out some speed settings. It’s a RAID 0 and the BlackMagic speed test software runs it at about 125 MB/s read and write. I was under the impression that it should be faster than this so if anyone has any pointers- by all means let me know! It’s plenty fast for capturing SDI through the Studio2 card, but I’d like to see what kind of performance I can squeeze out of it.
CES 2012 is coming up and there ought to be plenty of cool things to discuss soon….I also have a few projection gigs on the near horizon so I’ll be sure to keep ya up-to-date…..stay tuned….