An Interactive 3D / motion music video installation by James Lashmar
Throughout my time at University, I have continued to learn motion, animation and 3D design amongst other things. I also have a very keen interest in music and I love exploring the link between sound and visuals. When writing my dissertation, I explored the history of music video and discussed the idea of it becoming a ‘hot media’. I also explored the idea of holism within music. Holism is the theory that a whole, is greater than the sum of all its parts. Regarding Deleuze, contingent holism suggests multiple forms of holism.
Music contains multiple instances of holism in the form of genres, with each genre having different conditions around its own emergence and also possible sub genres. fourScreen is my final project which is an installation exploring holism with music using a visual interactive experience.
This project essentially builds on my dissertation, which can be found here : http://scribd.com/doc/91366611/James-Lashmar-The-Evolution-of-Music-Video . The interactive aspect of this allows the user to participate in the music video itself allowing the music video to become a 'hot' media. The way that the viewer is displayed live in the music video occurs at almost an atomic level, displaying the user in a system of squares, further expanding on the holistic concept.
Created using Processing, Cinema4d, Premiere, After Effects, Soundbooth, Mocha Pro and Ableton Live.
The project in total came in at just under 82,000 frames at 5120x720, that's 4x wider than 720p HD!
Usage rights to 'Circling' have been granted by Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet for usage of the track in this project.
Visuals created by James Lashmar
Talent within the installation : Louise Fisher & Hattie Scanlan
Talent filmed with the installation : Danni Wright
Processing code written by James Lashmar and my tutor Spencer Roberts
Talent and install filmed myself using a Canon 5D MKII with a 50mm 1:4 lens and a Nikon D7000 with a 10-24mm 1:3.5-4.5 lens.
00:00 Intro created using Cinema4D and After Effects with VC Optical Flares and Magic Bullet Looks 00:09 Responsible for modelling 'Sammy the Submarine' & 90% of the environment 00:24 Cinesite supplied scene for VFX 00:28 My render of the Cinesite supplied scene complete with added VFX (nCloth,rigids,3D Fluids & Particular2) 00:34 A personal project created entirely from scratch using Maya 00:55 My answer to this years DANDAD competition for the HP Moving Image brief. Created solely by myself from scratch. 01:12 Credit to Thomas Siemieniec for the breakdancing footage. I'm responsible for the motion work, created using Plexus, After Effects and Maya 01:27 Responsible for tracking using MochaPro and compositing using After Effects 01:35 Created by myself using Realflow & Crowdflow. Rendered using Mental Ray via Maya with IBL 01:47 I filmed this with a Canon XLH1 and tracked it using Boujou, originally a 360 degree rotation, shortened for this reel. 3D created using Maya and the render passes composited in After Effects. I also created an IBL map of the room for the reflections. 01:54 Created using Realflow using the Morph Daemon, rendered using Mental Ray via Maya and tweaked in After Effects 02:04 Created using Cinema4D and After Effects