TETRA.TENNIS v3.0 from 1024 on Vimeo.
Those bewildered by a photo from an earlier post now can now get a full experience of what it must be like during a break time at the French Masters series in Paris Bercy / 2010. 1024architecture clearly rolls their own with a custom solution. But the Mad Mapper saves them from having to concern themselves with wasting time on mapping, allowing them to focus on what is mapped… to the tennis court.
On set with Billy Zane. Click on the image for more photos posted to your flickr account.
“This report came in from Elliott Stallion. It fits well within the category of those places one would never think Modul8 has gone to.
Just finished shooting on the set of Mercenaries where I was working in the art department as Graphics/Motion Graphics Designer and Art Department Assistant.
I designed content and installed video for a UN Army base which featured Billy Zane playing Colonel Torida. The image attached is of Billy with Writer & Director Paris Leonti. The film will be out next year sometime and is currently in Post Production.
I used Modul8 to trigger video clips on the center screen in the UN base mission briefing. Modul8 allowed me to trigger content as the colonel delivered specific intel to his troops. I also used the Perspective Transform Module to corner pin the output so it fit the screen precisely. (I used a short throw projector behind a piece of sand blasted glass.) The set was designed by UK Production designer Paul Burns.
It was a difficult scene to shoot because there was so much dialogue but, Modul8 never failed and worked just as hard as any of the crew. VJing to Billy Zane is probably something I won’t get to do again so thought I’d let you know about it. Great fun with great results.”
I imagine that with the Mad Mapper there will be even more possibilities for including projections using Modul8 in film set design. There is a generous history of projection in films. Peter Greenway with his The Pillow Book is a more recent addition. One of my favorites is the film Zardoz by John Boorman. There is a generous helping of it towards the end of the film where they project famous paintings and art on the actors to convey the idea that information is being passed on. I recommend both films for inspiration and a good laugh.
PERSPECTIVE LYRIQUE from 1024 on Vimeo.
MadMapper proves itself again in the highly capable hands of its co-creators 1024architecture. One of the things I have always liked about the work of this team is how accessible and expressive it is. More importantly, and as it should be, the mapping segment of the production process is greatly reduced allowing the team to focus on the experience of the audience, as is in plane view in this excellent documentation. Extra brownie points for the humorous element that is especially present in this particular work, not to mention the simple and effective interactivity. For more technical information about the project see the blog entry on the 1024architecture blog.
Andrew Nixon of the Novakcollective has made a nice little demo using Live to control Modul8 using a simple MIDI track. There a lot of different ways to do this. Here is one of them. Will be great to see more examples of this. It is definitely an engaging solution for sequencing your work even if you don’t have any audio playing back in Live.
Nosaj Thing vs. Aalto @ LUNCHMEAT 2010 from …::LUNCHMEAT::… on Vimeo.
I don’t tend to do ‘best of’ lists. If I did, then I would have done that already before the end of the year that just passed. And if I had, the above video was to be my #1 audio visual performance. It is likely that the LUNCHMEAT festival in Prague, was to be on that list as well for my most favorite festival. It featured some of the best live visual artists that I know and a great line up of up and coming musical talent that has been brewing for the past 5 years. LUNCHMEAT was a bold and daring attempt to really bring together great music and visual talent together in three nights, along with workshops, I hosted a day long Modul8 workshop followed by getting the participants to perform live that same night, and presentations by ENTTER, No Domain, Aalto and I.
Really happy to see that the extensive documentation for this project is finally done. You will note that Aalto uses Modul8 and a lot of traditional graphics tools to achieve his goals. It is about the ideas and the obsessive, dedicated hard work to achieve his vision. The word ‘vitality’ comes to mind. I hope it will inspire you.
Nosaj Thing Visual Show @ Mapping Festival 2010 from mappingfestival on Vimeo.
Later that year, during the Mapping Festival, I got to see the Nosaj Thing / Fair Enough performance as well. Another Modul8 driven project for triggering the visuals, it was no less phenomenal, although the full installation of Aalto was hard to beat. There is certainly a lot to be said for the two approaches: making special installations and just plane making great visuals that can work anywhere. It helps a lot that there are up and coming musicians who see the value in visuals at this less bombastic level. Nosaj Thing has definitely set a precedent for this. I hope to see a lot more in the future.