Filmmaker Magazine and MIT Media Lab team up on this series of blog articles about new forms of digital storytelling
Storytelling Platforms discussed...
Here is a link to the Moviestorm blog, where they made the announcement yesterday:
So...Great News...We are going to be getting Moviestorm software for use by Art&Design students at UMD. We won educational licenses... that will be installed in the Digital Arts classroom, the Multimedia Hub, Montague Lab and VizLab.The Moviestorm software will
be good for students interested in 3d animation, digital storytelling, pre-visualization,
game design, filmmaking, and machinima.
What do people do with Moviestorm?
View Movies made with Moviestorm:
More info here:
Erik Loyer will be a visiting artist on UMD campus on TUESDAY...
His Lecture is OPEN to the PUBLIC Tuesday March 5th at 6pm in Montague Hall
Erik Loyer is a media artist and creative director working at the intersection of interactivity, story, music and animation. As a digital media artist he often works in collaboration on creative projects that use emerging media such as iPads and game systems for innovative digital narratives and interactive poetic works... like STRANGE RAIN:
His work has been exhibited online and internationally at venues including Artport at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Digital Gallery at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Prix Ars Electronica; Transmediale; and IndieCade. Loyer's award-winning website The Lair of the Marrow Monkey was one of the first to be added to the permanent collection of a major art museum, and his serialized web narrative Chroma went on to win the Best Digital Creation award at the Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media.
As Creative Director for the experimental digital humanities journal Vectors, Loyer has designed over a dozen interactive essays in collaboration with numerous scholars including the Webby-honored documentary Public Secrets, and his commercial portfolio includes Clio and One Show Gold Award-winning work for Vodafone, as well as projects for BMW, Sony, and NASA.
He is the founder of interactive design studio Song New Creative, and develops story-driven interactive entertainment under the Opertoon label, including most recently a critically-acclaimed iPhone application entitled Ruben & Lullaby. A recipient of a Rockefeller Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship, Loyer has a B.A. in Cinema/Television Production from the University of Southern California.
View his work here:
Books are in a conflicted state. Should they still exist in a digital era? Will they all be replaced by Kindles and Nooks? These questions dominate the discussion of books in our time. A select group of artists, who use books as their medium, engage this discussion from another angle. From pop culture pop-ups, to surreal sculptural stories, to reformations of antique sacred texts, these creators re-envision what the experience of a book can be. At times playful, and other times profound, this episode explores the boundaries of one of the most important human creations.
Matthew Reinhart, Paper Engineer
Andrea Dezso, Book Artist
Carole Kunstadt, Book Artist
Strange Rain turns the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch into a photorealistic portable skylight on a rainy day, with three play modes that combine touchscreen play with interactive storytelling.
In this TED talk, iPad storyteller Joe Sabia introduces us to Lothar Meggendorfer, who created a bold technology for storytelling: the pop-up book. Sabia shows how new technology has always helped us tell our own stories, from the walls of caves to his own onstage iPad.
In addition to the links on our syllabus, here are other interesting variations on Fairytales:
Not the Disney Princesses You Were Expecting
Mixed Media Craft
Advertisement > Three Little Pigs
This advert for the Guardian's open journalism, screened for the first time on 29 February 2012, imagines how we might cover the story of the Three Little Pigs in print and online. Follow the story from the paper's front page headline, through a social media discussion and finally to an unexpected conclusion...
Link to my powerpoint:
Here are some links to works that migrate from comics / graphic novels into film...
Comic Book Confidential is a feature-length documentary that profiles twenty-two of the most significant artists and writers working in comic books, graphic novels and strip-art in North America today. Featuring: Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Al Feldstein, Shary Flenniken, William M. Gaines, Bill Griffith, Jaime Hernadez, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Stan Lee, Paul Mavrides, Frank Miller, Victor Moscoso, Francaise Mouly, Dan O'Neill, Harvey Pekar, Gilbert Shelton, Spain, Art Spiegelman
Here is a list of films based on comics :
Sin City Trailer
Sin City Comic vs. Movie Comparison
Film Noir > explained in 2 minutes:
Visions of Light: Noir Cinematography
Video Tips &Tricks ep05: How to light video Film Noir Style :
Animata is an open source real-time animation software, designed to create animations, interactive background projections for concerts, theatre and dance performances.
Reverse Shadow Theatre is an installation created with the Animata real-time animation editor.
More Open Source Software for Artists>>
William Blake collaborative book / website
Features: Sound and moving images, walks and talks, opportunities to participate.
Songs of Imagination and Digitisation is an illuminated book for the digital age, published by if:book with support from Arts Council England. Unlike more conventional books on paper, Songs of Imagination and Digitisation contains sound and moving images, involves walks and talks, even an imaginary brain made of copper plates, plus opportunities to enter your own thoughts and ideas. The book grew over a few months, with commissions and themes emerging along the way.
We just ordered a copy of this software for the VizLab. SnapDragonAR is produced by the Augmented Reality Lab at York University in association with Mark Fiala and is now available to download. The groundbreaking software is inspired by the works of G. A. Rhodes' 52 Card Psycho and Caitlin Fisher's Andromeda.
We might test this software for use on our ReKnit Tales projects.
AR Art Projects + Experiments:
AR+RFID Lab is a collaboration initiative of the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague, Delft University of Technology and local companies in the field of art and design.
Also of interest:
ARTag markers on hand-held and wearable objects -see www.artag.net. A Magic Mirror
paradigm is an augmented reality (AR) system where a camera and display device act as a mirror where one can see ...
ARTag Magic Mirror
A Japanese ghost story adapted from Hearn's "Yuki-Onna"(Kwaidan). Directed by Michelle Pettit-Mee. Filmed entirely in the Sims 2, October 2006. Winner of Best Story at the European Machinima Festival '07.
So, what is Machinima?
From the Academy of Machinima Arts and Sciences
Machinima (muh-sheen-eh-mah) is filmmaking within a real-time, 3D virtual environment, often using 3D video-game technologies.
In an expanded definition, it is the convergence of filmmaking, animation and game development. Machinima is real-world filmmaking techniques applied within an interactive virtual space where characters and events can be either controlled by humans, scripts or artificial intelligence.
By combining the techniques of filmmaking, animation production and the technology of real-time 3D game engines, Machinima makes for a very cost- and time-efficient way to produce films, with a large amount of creative control.
Archive of Machinima Films
Machinima.com is a website, operated by Machinima, Inc., that aims to be a hub for machinima, the art of creating animated videos in real-time virtual 3-D environments. The site features machinima-related articles, news, and Internet forums.
ILL Clan Animation Studios is an award-winning machinima animation studio with over ten years of experience producing original content and work for hire. Called "machinima masters" by Wired Magazine we've been a key player in pioneering this medium since its origins in 1997.
The Art of Machinima on Vimeo
List of Machinima Film Festivals
INTERNATIONAL MACHINIMA EXPO 2009
Machinima Festival Europe
Angela Thomas blogs about Machinima here, with some great examples:
Proposing A Machinima Canon
Paul Marino blog
More about Machinima
full movie is viewable for free on the internet
If you haven't seen sand animation before, check out this beautiful example on youtube...
link to youtube
Vivaldi Four Seasons Winter Sand Animation film Ferenc Cakó
link to more about the artist
more of his films
Ferenc Cakó was born in Budapest (Hungary) in 1950. His individual and special sand animation show is very popular all over the world. Sand animation is done on a stage, where people can see Mr. Cako actually doing the performance. He is performing in total darkness, and the picture is projected out with a high power and resolution video projector.
ELO = Electronic Literature Organization
The Electronic Literature Organization 2008 conference will be held May 29 - June 1 2008, in Vancouver, Washington, USA (not to be confused with Vancouver, British Columiba, Canada).
Rob Wittig will be presenting and I'll be attending workshops and lectures on digital media art and literature.
the elo logo was designed by Rick Valicenti
Fairy tales provide a rich starting point for a digital media project. Passed down from oral storytellers through literary traditions to new media, they are always altered by retelling to reflect the needs of the storyteller and the aesthetics of the time. Because the story is so well known, it can be altered significantly and still remain resonant and recognizable to the contemporary audience.
Spring 2008 Digital Studio 1 students worked in teams to develop new versions of well worn tales. After presentation of individual storyboards and design concepts, students voted on the best ideas to move forward on. Teams generated 10 images that could tell their updated fairy tale or myth. Results took a range of final output formats, from digital movies to hand bound books.
Rumplestiltskin story images
by Jared Wick, Kevin Kramer and Max McGruder
I love the idea of this project... of translating the epic story into immersive film via the comic book / graphic novel talents of Neil Gaiman. But after viewing the film (on DVD admittedly) I question the choices of the director (Robert Zemeckis), and his overuse of performance capture techniques. The special effects work great for dramatic scenery, action, monsters, and group scenes. The scenic lighting is particularly good. But what a sorry misuse of acting talent... like Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich and Robin Wright Penn in the human roles. There is some very tender writing here, with nuanced performances hidden beneath computer generated Botox. The 3D performance capture dots seem to miss enormous numbers of tiny movements that make up our facial expressions. Are Hollywood folks so accustomed to seeing faces frozen by cosmetic surgery that this feels real to them? It really got in the way of my enjoyment of this ambitious retelling of Beowulf. I'd rather watch Brad Bird's Iron Giant, an example of 2D animation that gets the emotion right on.
Our library now has a copy of The Art of Beowulf by Mark Cotta Vaz (Author), Steve Starkey (Author), Robert Zemeckis (Foreword), Neil Gaiman (Introduction)
Read articles about the performance capture and computer graphics techniques used in the recent film version of the epic Beowulf. Many visual stills from the film + process...
VFXWorld / an animation world network publication
Here's a terrific example of digital narrative for a youth audience , complete with teaching resources!
'Inanimate Alice' tells the story of Alice, a young girl growing up in the first half of the 21st century, and her imaginary digital friend, Brad.Over ten episodes, each a self contained story, we see Alice grow from an eight year old living with her parents in a remote region of Northern China to a talented mid-tw enties animator and designer with the biggest games company in the world.
Tulip & Arabesque Online Exhibit
Turkish Project B L O G
an exhibition of work by art + design students
University of Minnesota Duluth
Baskent University, Ankara ,Turkey
Tweed Museum of Art
October 30 - December 30th, 2007
Reception 4pm - 6pm on December 11th