Wednesday, 28 October 2009
I was sent a link to this trailer by my tutor, it looks like a pretty crazy film, it would be interesting to watch when I have some spare time. The part of this trailer which is of use to me is 1:47 in, although it only last for a few seconds this shot attempts to show a camera traveling through the retina and down the optic nerve. The 1980 sci-fi horror directed by Ken Russel written by Paddy Chayefsky follows the exploration of William Hurt as Eddie Jessup, a scientist obsessed with discovering mankind's true role in the universe. He subjects himself to a series of mind bending experiments using a sensory-deprivation chamber and taking hallucinogenic drugs, Jessup hopes to explore different levels of human consciousness, but instead is devolved into an apelike monster.
Monday, 26 October 2009
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Fortunately for me 'Google Earth Pro' are giving out 7 day free trials, before I discovered this I was beginning to worry as 'Google Earth Standard' images are watermarked. Furthermore the settings in Google Earth Pro allow you to save '1080 x 1920' pixel images, nice.
The only downside to Google Earth is when zooming out past a certain point the grade changes completely and as you get really far out the image changes to a nasty looking CG Earth, at this point I've switched the image source to Microsoft Virtual Learning Earth.
Friday, 16 October 2009
Script - Infinite Zoom
FADE-IN: INT. WRITERS STUDY/ROOM – POINT OF VIEW – NIGHT
A writer is struggling to find inspiration.
CLOSE-UP – THE WRITER
Staring at a blank document, looking both tired and delirious.
POINT OF VIEW – COMPUTER SCREEN/ DESK
The writer selects a song to try help him stay awake, as the track begins to play a visualization appears on the screen, within a short amount of time the writer begins to hallucinate, the visuals leek out of the computer screen and into the room, surrounding the writer.
CLOSE-UP – THE WRITER
The writer bewildered by what he is seeing has wide eyes and dilated pupils (in contrast to the beginning.)
EXTREME CLOSE-UP – THE WRITER
At this point the camera zooms through the pupil of the writers eye.
INT. EXTREME CLOSE-UP – INSIDE THE WRITERS EYE
The camera now begins a journey of infinite zoom, first travelling down the optic nerve into the brain, passed some neurones and into a brain cell, from DNA to a molecule, then an atom, a nucleus, a nucleon, a quark and finally a string.
EXT. EXTREME WIDE SHOT – UNIVERSAL SPACE TRAVEL
After zooming in as far as physically possible the viewer soon begins to realize they have now entered a Universe, passing many galaxies the camera eventually focuses on one in particular. Travelling inside this galaxy passing many stars before aiming on one solar system in particular. The viewer notices at this point that the solar system is strangely familiar, passing planets and asteroids before drawing towards a small blue dot. The camera tracks slowly at first towards Earth, descending at an exponential rate in the direction of Leeds, UK. Finally the camera focuses on one roof of a building.
INT. MEDIUM SHOT - BIRDSEYE VIEW – TRACK AND CRANE; PAN TO THE WRITERS SIDE – BACK IN THE WRITERS STUDY/ROOM
Once the camera has gone through the roof, images of a few different rooms are zoomed through to represent travelling through the floors of a house. The camera stops on one floor to reveal the writer has fallen asleep in front of his computer, as the camera settles to the side of the writer he suddenly awakes looking confused.
INT. POINT OF VIEW - COMPUTER SCREEN/ DESK
The writer begins to type up what he has just experienced.
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Thursday, 15 October 2009
Although I do not feel the need to get caught up in the old Creator debate, I do believe it's time that people believe what they want to believe whilst trying not to impose their beliefs on others.
I have chosen to follow the particular concept that the Universe is contained within ourselves. The largest thing known hidden within the smallest thing, repeated to infinity. This idea was implanted in my brain by "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening.
You may wonder why I have chose to entitle this project "Infinte Zoom." These are two words I generally disagree with on an every day basis;
The word "Infinity," simply means that there are no more numbers left to describe how big something is. My philosophy is that there is no such thing as infinity. My reason behind this believe is this; Imagine there is infinite space and infinite time which exists within that space, there is only a certain number of possible eventualities which can occur within infinity.
Zoom by Istvan Banyai is a provocative wordless volume with illustrations that slowly zoom out as though the viewer backed away from the previous one. It is interesting to watch the transition in each zoom out perception and thus makes it a great picture book.
Check out 15 more pics of Zoom by Viking Kestrel after the jump.
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Synthesis – Infinite Zoom
This piece of work proposed for Digital Media Development is designed to develop and expand on skills learned in the foundation years of this course. The method for producing this work primarily focuses on digital animation and visual effects, created using After Effects with a small amount of digital film production involved.
Although the idea itself is not entirely unique, the method and narrative sets this piece aside from other pieces of moving image, which seek to visually represent the idea of enhanced zoom. Inspiration to embark on the production of this idea have been developed from viewing:
“Men in Black”
“The Powers of 10”
“The Simpsons (Universe on Homers head)”
“Macintosh post-installation sequence”
This digital animation will include sound effects and a backing track designed to contribute to help make the piece a fully entertaining audio/visual experience.
A writer is struggling to find inspiration, starring at a blank document; looking both tired and delirious. The writer selects a song to try help him stay awake, as the track begins to play a visualization appears on the screen, within a short amount of time the writer begins to hallucinate, the visuals leek out of the computer screen and into the room, surrounding the writer.
The writer bewildered by what he is seeing has wide eyes and dilated pupils (in contrast to the beginning.) At this point the camera zooms down the pupil of the writers left eye. The camera then begins a journey of infinite zoom, first travelling down the optic nerve into the brain, into a brain cell, then the DNA, inside a molecule, then an atom, finally going to a string.
At this point the camera zooms into the string and the viewer will soon notice what appears to be galaxies coming into view then hurtling passed the edges of the screen. After a few seconds of this motion the camera focuses on one galaxy in particular, increasing in size the galaxy is entered about a fifth of the way in, after travelling through masses of stars one appears, at first in the distance then gradually getting closer and brighter, several seconds after passing the rest of the stars, some planets begin to emerge. After a few close encounters with various asteroids and planets, the viewer soon becomes aware that it’s our solar system in which they are travelling through.
A small bluish dot appears in the distance slowly approaching it becomes clear that it is Earth. A gradual descent to Earth is made, after passing through a cloud layer the view, is of a city from above, zooming on top of a building before ending up with a birds-eye view; back in the writers room. The camera pans down to the side of the writer who has fallen asleep in front of the computer, as the camera settles the writer jumps as though he has just been forcibly ejected from his slumber… He begins typing.