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10092015 – Green Screen Tests

These are few experiments with Green Screen stock footage. I’m considering my options for digital, figurative cityscapes. Green Screening a number of people is an option…

The first video uses a still from a virtual environment I’m working on entitled ‘The Chapel’, and is much closer to what i hoped for than the second video. The second video was just a bit of fun really…

I’m still really lacking on the sound front. This needs to be addressed.

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05012015 – A Walk Online SKETCH

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My moped broke down last night on the way back from the studio. I was forced to wait in McDonalds on the Holloway Road for over 2 hours for a recovery man to arrive. Luckily, I had my laptop and thought I’d play around with an image I’d made towards the end of the year on DAZ Studio.

Its just a sketch, however, the almost computerised, virtual setting, i feel, (especially the impression of buildings or trees,) is something I’ve been striving towards.

As for the figures, I hope to transfer their Sim-esque aesthetic into a more weighty, hand-drawn finish. The clothing, hair, and facial expressions of the figures are also something I feel I would have more control over with a pencil or a brush. Seeing as the man’s currently wearing swimming trunks, and the woman, a bra and shorts…… there’s clearly work to be done.

This avatar aesthetic echoes gaming, which in turn makes me think of the impact a virtual being in a virtual world can have on the users reality. The thought of going for a walk online with your partner came to mind when creating this. I’ve been interested in the possibilities of Virtual Realities, and recently I’ve been particularly interested how it could affect friendships and relationships. We are all aware of how Skype and Whats-app have changed the way we communicate… surely virtual reality is the next step.

As for DAZ, Its definitely a good way to control the figure, much less expensive than hiring a life model, much easier than having to digitally model your own person and you have entire control over the pose and angle. It’s FREE! so Boom, I will use it again.

Mark Farid’s ‘Seeing I’

On the subject of virtual reality, London based artist Mark is testing the waters in a month long bid to experience life from another person’s point of view. For 28 days, He will be immersed in the daily life of a complete stranger, only known to him as ‘input’. Every aspect of the inputs life will be relayed to Mark, including showering, sleeping, going to the toilet, going to work, even sex…

It’s not set to take place until the summer of 2015.

MF: “I see who we are as a construct of society and want to find out to what extent it’s possible to lose the sense of one’s self, myself”

Video link:

Interview with the creators:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-a32w6HRxgU

Kickstarter video:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1905266932/seeing-i-28-days-living-only-through-virtual-reali

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