Burning Man isn't what it seems to be. Today it's a massive event, with cool arts whipped by regular giant dust storms in the Black Rock desert. But 30 years ago, it was an underground event put together by renegade artists in the middle of San Francisco. Law enforcement didn't like that, so with the help of the Cacophony Society, they moved it to an unforgiving wind-swept dry lakebed in the Nevada desert. It slowly changed to become the $20+ million event it now is. This film looks at how decadence turned into organized chaos, and how politics might have replaced philosophies.Uploaded 3,468 Plays / 33 Likes / 5 Comments Watch in Couch Mode
UrbanDaddy challenged us to create a memorable interactive experience in water. Our desire was to create animations that party-goers could swim through. Initially we had no idea how to make this a reality.
Pools are not exactly the most projection ready surface, and initial brainstorms produced many more challenges than we had anticipated. In researching a solution, we had to overcome the fact that projection doesn’t work on the surface of water, it becomes distorted if you project through it, and pool parties are notorious for more standing than swimming. To make something truly interactive, we needed to get everyone in that pool!
We reacted as any any normal person would, and promptly put in and order for 65,000 ping pong balls, enough to cover the entire surface of the pool. To go with our new screen, we created an application which mapped to the pool and displayed a floating river of graphics, pulled by an invisible tide. Audio reactive visuals bumped along with the various dj’s and musical acts taking place poolside. The tactile quality of swimming through ping pong balls, combined with animated colors and light created an interactive event worth telling stories about.
Talamak - Toro Y Moi
Feel It All Around - Washed Out
The masterful event planners at UrbanDaddy asked us to create projections for their end-of-year bash. It was to be held at an old bank in the financial district that had never been used for an event before... Certainly not one with fire breathers, acrobats, a top hat room, trumpeters and an old wizard with a mop. We were tasked with projections that would play off this delightful mayhem. The catch was that we needed to concept, design, code, and animate everything in only 10 days.
Not knowing what the acts would be or where they would happen, we created a backdrop for whatever was going to unfold. We designed a fanciful clock using the masonic details and wood textures from the space itself. The clock itself had 3 main stages, each representing the mood of the party from the quiet party beginnings, to the ramp up, and ending with the wildness of the wee hours.
After the reveal of the clock, it would chime every hour and a new act would stream out of the doorway within it. Each act would ratchet the clock and build anticipation for what came next. At midnight, the clock burst into a finale of light and gold as a giant king on stilts, gold-dust-throwing maids and back-flipping dancers spilled out into the party.
Needless to say, it was a hell of a night.
Art + Animation
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Some process shots of our prototypes, as we wrote our own custom mapping and blending software.