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Projective style

One of my friend Yanshun(http://yanshunvision.com/) who is a photographer in China.Some of his work use projector project on model’s body,then capture the picture.The visual effect is amazing and dramatic.I found that numbers of artist enjoy using projective image to create their work,such as performance,photography or even painting,which also achieve a nice effect.

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It also remind me a MV I saw before ,it also use projector project on people’s face.It is impressive.

Thus,I want to make some experiment of using projective image.Try to figure out what will inspire me.

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cooperative experiment ‘I,Malvolio’ (2)

After confirm the storyboard of “I,Malvolio” ,we design to how to achieve it.At first,we intend to make real interaction between dancer and animation.But we don’t know how to achieve interaction and interactive software.So we use a stupid way to make it that is a fake interaction.We decided to record the dancer dance first,then I will use computer make animation base on this video.After complete the animation,we will use projector project the animation on dancer’s body when he is dancing. So it will look like they are interactive if dancer won’t make mistake.Although this is a fake interaction,but the final effect is same.

So,Jake was record Lin dance first.

Then I use After Effect to make a simple test in order to figure out the practicability of our plan.

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Our ideal result is like this:

Therefore, Jake used the projector projected on Lin when he is dancing.Because i use software to make animation in a 2D condition,so Jake need to use 3D mapping software iSadora to adjust animation’s shape in order to fix the deformation problem.To make sure the real world animation look same as the computer one.So firstly we just try to used projector project the video above on the table which against the wall,this is a simulation of real performance.See what happen when a 2D animation project on two sides,figure the rectangle will change to which shape.If the rectangle deformation cannot use iSadora restore,we need to make a deformation animation first base on the real world.

After our test,we found the rectangle is not too deformation.So we can make a normal 2D animation first,and use iSadora adjust the shape when it is projecting.

cooperative experiment ‘I,Malvolio’ (1)

I haven’t update my blog for a long time,it’s not appropriate,I need to self-criticism.I have to admit it’s hard for me to keep doing this,writing on notebook is more easy for me,but I need to change.Now I’m will begin to review what have I done before and update.

During these days,I have an opportunity to cooperative with my friend Jake Huang who is studying in Wimbledon College of Arts’ MA Digital Theatre.He intend to make an  experiment work,it need to combine with dance performance and animation.Thus,our cooperative work is begin.He came with an idea,use projector to project animation on dancer’s body,combine 2D animation with live performance.

This form is inspire by a work.

Then we intend to use this form to make a experiment. Because we thought it is quite amusing that when 2D appear on our real life.For me,it is more a new presentation of animation.This time animation not only display on flat screen,but also present on a 3D  world.Sine my MA course,I intend to use animation as a entry point,try to find new art form to present animation,at least for me is completely new.Besides,I love 2D animation,so I would love to use this traditional art form combine with technology.

Therefore,we need to confirm storyboard.Because this is Jake’s assignment,so the decision of content is in his hands.He want to create a performance base on Shakespeare’s “Twelve Nights”.

The Twelfth Cake - Twelfth Night

In “Twelve Nights”,Malvolio is Olivia’s pompous steward.Several characters conspire to make  Malvolio believe that Olivia has fallen for him.  They convince Malvolio that Olivia is secretly in love with him by planting a love letter, written by Maria in Olivia’s hand. It asks Malvolio to wear yellow stockings cross-gartered, to be rude to the rest of the servants, and to smile constantly in the presence of Olivia. Malvolio finds the letter and reacts in surprised delight. He starts acting out the contents of the letter to show Olivia his positive response. Olivia is shocked by the changes in Malvolio and leaves him to the contrivances of his tormentors. Pretending that Malvolio is insane, they lock him up in a dark chamber. Feste visits him to mock his insanity, both disguised as a priest and as himself.

Thus Jake want to express the inner world of Malvolio,from surprise, delight, entanglement, to anger of be fooled,lost,and restore calm.We design to use animation to present Malvolio’s emotion.Besides,Jake intend to use a new way to perform this old theatre.He invited his friend Siwei Lin who also is MA Fine art student of WCA,as dancer and choreography,design a hip-hop style dance to act Malvolio. Use a contemporary way to display an old drama.

Hence,I began to design the storyboard with Jake and Shiye. After discussion,we confirm that use a letter as clues,because the hold story is because the fake letter.So we intend to use letter to lead Malvolio’s change of emotion.

First,Malvolio is sitting in a dark space with a small window which implied his inner world.The background is humble metaphor his status,a pompous steward.And there also hanging a pair of socks which is Malvolio’s characteristic –yellow stocks.

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Second,letter is appeared.It will dance seductively around Malvolio that display he received Olivia’s love letter. Malvolio will hesitate first,because  their status is different.Then he was surprise and delight,and began to accept.

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However,this letter is a hoax,so the letter began show its true colors.The letter show its diabolical face and explode that implied the exposed of lies,which also feared him.

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Then he begin to anger,crack imply his emotion outburst.

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In the end,he will restore clam and normal,and back to his real world.

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