Category: Inspiration

These things inspire me.


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.

Mr. Brodbeck created this project as part of his bachelors degree at the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts in Den Haag.You can learn more about Frederic’s project here.


Rendering Synthetic Objects Into Legacy Photographs

A group of research students from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign lead by Kevin Karsch posted this video to supplement a paper presented at SIGGRAPH Asia 2011.

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

Becks Green Box Project

The “Green Box Project” by the lager company Becks is an interesting use of a newish technological application called augmented reality.  I look forward to running across one of these someday.

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.