Macula, one of my favorite projection mapping studios, has done it again. Take a look at their newest creation.
After many years I have finally decided to upload my MFA thesis film to the web. Here’s the trailer. The full film will be available soon.
The story doesn’t resonate with me the same way it did when I made it back in 2008 but I am still pretty proud of it.
This is an interesting combination of film studies and design that takes the visual and rhythmic information and builds a visual fingerprint for the movie.
I can see using this type of visual representation for serious film studies, but it also makes pretty cool movie posters.
Here’s the paper’s abstract:
We propose a method to realistically insert synthetic objects into existing photographs without requiring access to the scene or any additional scene measurements. With a single image and a small amount of annotation, our method creates a physical model of the scene that is suitable for realistically rendering synthetic objects with diffuse, specular, and even glowing materials while accounting for lighting interactions between the objects and the scene. We demonstrate in a user study that synthetic images produced by our method are confusable with real scenes, even for people who believe they are good at telling the difference. Further, our study shows that our method is competitive with other insertion methods while requiring less scene information. We also collected new illumination and reflectance datasets; renderings produced by our system compare well to ground truth. Our system has applications in the movie and gaming industry, as well as home decorating and user content creation, among others.
Authors: Kevin Karsch, Varsha Hedau, David Forsyth, Derek Hoiem
I think augmented reality is a stepping stone to the future face of media, not only in advertising but in many other ways. Imagine a world where watching TV doesn’t mean sitting at home on your couch but experiencing the real world enhanced by media.
This animation was commissioned for a promotional video for a mission trip to Paraguay.