MoCap – Week 3

LAB: Data Review + Fix Gaps

For our third lab we have to review our data from one of our recorder MoCap session and correct and fill any gaps that were present as well as assign back to their original position any unassigned markers. Overall our MoCap didn’t present many gaps and was smooth throughout.

AVATAR CREATION:

The avatar that I chose to create was done in Fuse and featured a Matrix kind of “woman” with abnormal characteristics. Then it was send to Mixamo for some animation moves. I applied the newly created character into my scene to see how it can blend in.

 

 

 

 

 

PuzzleSphere

For our puzzle assignment Sejo and I teamed up and came up with the idea of making a “PuzzleSphere”. The concept is to create several puzzle pieces shaped into different interlocking styles and then have each one of them connect to their corresponding puzzle piece/pieces, while all of the assembly will take place inside a sphere. The correct order in which the pieces will interlock to one another is essential.

We tried to prototype early with some cardboard and see how the pieces will behave to one another, while also test different ways of interlocking.

Some of the pieces and their shapes we used are seen below:

We then tried to assemble each puzzle piece to their corresponding piece/pieces:


The rough idea of what we want to create can be seen by the 3D model created on Rhino. It doesn’t reflect the actual puzzles pieces seen here yet but its our first approach to developing the PuzzleSphere.

How the Pieces (Wood-Lasercut) and Sphere (3D Printed) came out + assembly + end result:


 

 

 

Ballet Dancer

Getting to the end of the seven week course a lot of valuable material is being induced. I remember when we first started the Video & Sound course my knowledge was very limited and the confidence level was low in comparison to the different equipment and software learnt and used.
I can say with high certainty that getting out of the seven week course gave me the knowledge and confidence lacked in order to experiment more and get to apply more creativity and effort towards a next potential project.
For our final project (worked in pairs – Alexia Kyriakopoulou) we chose to make a small documentary about a greek ballet dancer who started from a small town in Greece and finally made it to New York. We wanted to give an impression of how a ballet dancer’s life can be highly demanding and at the same time rewarding. We portrayed her story from when she came to New York and how she is capable of succeeding at such a fast and challenging environment.
The process getting to the final cut was a long one. We had limited time to capture video and sound since the ballet dancer had a very hectic schedule. We managed to get some great shots all together and at some points improvise with different concepts on how a shot would affect the actual reality.
Looking back to the beginning of the process and the selection of scenes and sound, the improvement is quite spectacular. Getting all the different components needed to convert them to video and sound proved hard at the beginning but got successfully delivered at the end. That process alone gave me a great set of skills for any future endeavor in the field.

Below is the Final Project Video:

Video & Sound

Having chosen the audio walk “her long black hair” by Janet Cardiff I can immediately connect to all the aspects she was going through. Being a frequent “traveller” of the central park and having had countless hours spent on as many new spots and surrounding s available for your experience, having the opportunity to combine Jnet’s sound walk to my experience was unique.

While being in the park or in any other place where you can have some time to discover things around you, have time to talk to yourself, express your emotions, feel free to interact with your surroundings, embrace new paths to your journey, the audio walk does that. It reminds you of how is it to be walking along with your thoughts, marking territories with memories and visualizing yourself in different situations and scenarios each time.

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The audio walk makes you feel as you were changing seasons and roles as you are walking towards. Janet’s depiction of some of the elements and sounds she captured and used, are spot on (skaters close to the angels statue, asian couple photographed on their wedding dresses, african-tribal music playing..). Being a frequent park visitor the experience I had was exactly the same in many spots I have visited before and that brought up my existing memories from the past and made me combine with the present ones from the audio walk which was a great experience.

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Its pretty interesting to have experienced the park at this angle since its my first time I’m doing a sound walk. It made me realize that unconsciously we make so many thoughts and we feel so many different emotions every second we breathe which in our every day lives we tend to treat them as ordinaries.

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Comparing the audio walk to the readings “The Ecstasy of Influence”, a Harper’s Magazine article by Jonathan Lethem, and “Embrace the Remix”, a TED talk by Kirby Ferguson I can draw some similarities in the sense of perception.

As population is growing at a fast pace and a lot of the work, either art work, poetry, literature, music is getting widely spread and being available through many channels of communication, it is inevitable not to get some infringements and “collisions” of ones another’s work. It is very logical for people to get influenced though their unique experiences they get from different surroundings, through a music concert, through an art exhibition, through a live street act, a piece they read in the magazine, an article. Life is about progression and continuation. When someone can get inspired by others and start developing with their own way a concept that includes elements of other’s people work I don’t find that necessarily plagiarism or unoriginal. Every person has a unique way of expressing themselves.

Living in a world where we even try to “patent the air” we understand that there is a need for people to claim “their” work no matter what. They don’t realize that what will differentiate us from other species in this world is communication either through language, visuals, interaction. People who offer to the world their knowledge should embrace others to depict on the information and try to develop it in their own way for a better good. Progression should be in the mind and not the fear of plagiarism and stealing.

As a conclusion, it is often vital to take advantage of all the information made available to us from others and try to either be original or expand with our own originality an already existing concept. Inspiration can come in all forms and shapes and what people have to realize is that without knowing they can inspire other people’s lives for the better good. It shouldn’t always be considered as stealing and copying if ones intentions are to help inspire others and progress.