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  • Vanessa 12:44 on 11/07/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ONE Night Video 

    Michael just sent over a video from our mixed reality collaboration with EZTV & Donna Sternberg & Dancers. TY!!

    • Monerda Skute 18:14 on 11/07/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! The live dancers were wonderful. And they had a freaking drone flying around! How cool is that!?! Congrats to everyone involved in the production!

  • Vanessa 20:45 on 06/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ONE Night Pix 

    Installation view of a plaza with dancers and projections.

    Monerda Skute (pink) & Trilby Minotaur (blue) VR dancing on the side of a building as LED illuminated dancers perform on the ground.

    Oh wow! We never knew we were on! We waited from 8-11pm waiting for our cue, and were told a few times, You’re on in 5 minutes, but we thought we’d never been cued. Apparently, we were on! For about 1/2 hour they tell me. We never were cued to do Section 3, the most animated and live portion of the performance, but as you see here, Monerda, Trilby, Harmony & Scarlett were projected in gigantic splendor in the outdoor performance in Los Angeles celebrating the anniversary of EZTV.
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    • Monerda Skute 06:00 on 07/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      I apologize for duplicating my comments, just realized I wanted to say congrats here. Not enough caffeine yet πŸ˜€ “Michael, Van and fellow cast: It is so cool that your dance performance was a success and congrats about LA Weekly giving it Top 5 honors! We avatars had fun despite anxiously awaiting our cue πŸ™‚ The projection photos look great and I can’t wait to see video. I bet the RL dancers were super!”

    • Vanessa Blaylock 12:11 on 07/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Dear anyone reading – I’d love your thoughts!

      The projection you see is avatars on a “white” background. Technically an SL “white” but not “full bright” white. I thought “full bright” might cause gamma issues with the on-site projector.

      I thought about a Black background – this would have been cool in that instead of illuminating the whole side of the building, we’d only have avatars up there dancing. My fear was that the dancer’s bodies tend to roll into shadow, so with a black background you’d only get 2/3 of a body or so with the rest disappearing into shadow.

      So, the white background felt, all things considered, aesthetically preferable.

      What do you think?

    • Scar 16:12 on 07/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      i think its pretty cool either way good job us!

      • Vanessa Blaylock 16:32 on 07/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks again Scar! And Harm, Moni & Trilby! Haha, I didn’t realize we were on… but hey… you guys look great! πŸ˜€

    • Christa Forster 12:25 on 09/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      I liked what Kate Johnson had to say today in the Mixed Berry Shake hangout: they both worked in different ways — the black background featured the dancers as floating on the surface; the white background highlighted the dancers beautifully.

  • Vanessa 17:58 on 31/05/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ONE Night VR Costumes 

    photo of avatar modeling wardrobe

    Trilby, in the wardrobe, with ponytail, and optional stars

    Our VR Costumer Trilby found some stars that can go with the wardrobe.
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  • Vanessa 21:51 on 28/05/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ONE Night Costumes 

    4 dancers in LED costumes

    ONE Night Costumes, front

    Hi Trilby, here’s what the RL costumes are going to look like. They’re not completely done yet, and the dancer in turquoise doesn’t have her LED lights on, but you can get an idea of what they are like.

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    • xtaforster 07:40 on 31/05/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hello! Is there a portal for the virtual audience today/tonight? Break a leg!!

      • Vanessa Blaylock 10:24 on 31/05/2014 Permalink | Reply

        It appears that then don’t have any broadband internet at the venue and are doing it all by WiFi connection. They don’t think they have enough bandwidth to stream our avatars IN to the venue and also stream the event OUT on Ustream, so, sadly, neither you nor the VR dancers will be able to see what’s going on! πŸ˜›

        However Michael does say they’ll record video of the event and have it online some days later.

        Happy June!

    • Ciara 10:48 on 31/05/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Best of luck to the performers in both locations! I look forward to seeing Michael’s documentation.

    • xtaforster 21:02 on 31/05/2014 Permalink | Reply

      As do I!!

  • Vanessa 16:24 on 14/05/2014 Permalink | Reply

    ONE Night – Projection 

    For the video feed TO your giant projector, it should definitely be a laptop running Second Life. This will be vastly higher quality than any sort of external live stream. For the video feed FROM ONE Night, it’s less critical for us, anything will let us see what’s going on and help cue. A better image is nice of course, and it’d let some remote viewers join in.
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    • Ciara Finnegan 01:48 on 15/05/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! This sounds like a really fantastic collaboration! I’m looking forward to 31st:-)

    • Michael J Masucci 13:12 on 15/05/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks so much! Very helpful. I will share all this with the tech team and will get back to you next week with any questoins. We are so happy that you are going to be a BIG (pun intended) part of ONE Night and Fly-By.

      • Vanessa Blaylock 21:47 on 15/05/2014 Permalink | Reply

        Great Michael!

        Just realized I made one mistake: the VR Cinematographer, can’t be the VR Stage Manager – or at least can’t be on the same laptop – whatever’s on their laptop screen will be the live projection, therefore they can’t open a chat window to talk to us, or it would project on the building. So we’ll need to be cued in some other way.

  • Vanessa 11:05 on 14/05/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ONE Night 

    logos for the ONE Night event: City of West Hollywood, EZTV, LA ACM Siggraph

    ONE Night, 31 May 2014

    ONE Night: EZTV, LA ACM SIGGRAPH, and Digital Art in West Hollywood
    is coming up on Saturday 31 May! Vanessa Blaylock Company is collaborating with EZTV & Donna Sternberg, et al on a Mixed Reality component to the evenings activities. Our avatars will be projected outdoors on an inflatable balloon or the side of a building.
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    • Michael J Masucci 15:25 on 14/05/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Your avatars will definately be projected on a building, not nthe ballon, which will project the drone camera’s transmission. The buildin will be a library, your image will be 45′ wide and projected using a 18,000 lumen Barco projector

    • Michael J. Masucci 08:07 on 28/05/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Van,

      Any chance you could do a test of our Wi-Fi connection today between noon and 3 or 4Pm? I will be at the location and want to do asimple test with just Google Hangout+ nto make sure we have an adequate connection on site. Thingsa re really progressing and we are so happy that you are a very BIG part of this!

  • Vanessa 17:50 on 14/04/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Fly By VR Cast Dear Moni Trilby Mireille… 

    Fly-By VR Cast:

    Dear Moni, Trilby, Mireille & Aeon! aka “Owen’s Band!”

    There’s a new Mixed Reality project brewing and I thought I’d turn first to “The Band” to see about your interest / availability.
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    • Mireille Jenvieve-Woodford 09:12 on 15/04/2014 Permalink | Reply

      This sounds like fun! Thank you for the note, Vanessa. The timing seems good for me, and I look forward to learning more.
      Happy SPRING!

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