Creating Live VFX for the Exploratorium

At my job (www.obscuradigital.com) we’re filming live practical visual effects that we’ll be projecting onto the new Exploratorium building in San Francisco for the Grand Opening on April 17th and 18th.

So basically we’ve set up about 6 different scale models of the new building and we are doing different crazy things, such as melting wax or growing crystals, and them filming that effect. The footage will then be 3D projection mapped onto the actual building. It’s gonna be nuts. If you are anywhere near SF on those nights you gotta see it. Two nights only!

Here’s a shots from the production:
exploratorium_wax_full-smaller

more pics after the break

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The Infinitarium – In Progress Timelapse

Here’s my latest: A timelapse video I just edited of The Infinitarium we are building at Big Art Studios in West Oakland. I’m one of six artists leads building 18 giant over-sized plants out of scrap metal. I’m in charge of building five giant willow trees – each tree will have over 1,200 feet of salvaged steel cable! We have a small army of incredible volunteers showing up everyday to learn welding and build BIG ART!

Directing artists Karen Cusolito and Dan Das Mann designed and envisioned the Infinitarium, a massive interactive sculpture garden that will span an acre and will include state-of-the-art lighting controls and user-controlled pyrotechnic flame effects. It will be a larger-than-life magical botanical garden and will travel to many events and festivals, premiering at the Electric Daisy Carnival, Sand By The Ton, Outside Lands Festival, Burning Man, the PDX Bridge Festival and many more. http://theinfinitarium.com

I’m using a hacked Canon S1is digital still camera and a kit-made 7.4v power supply (kit from Adafruit Industries) connected to a 12v deep cycle marine battery and combining photos and video from my iPhone as well as a mini DV video camera.

Canon S3, 7.4v power supply
My Timelapse Camera Rig

Special thanks to Phil “pEEf” Sadow for assistance with setting up the Canon hack and for the 2nd camera.

WORC- Rocket Video Tease

Wow I just got back from a fantastic weekend in Tahoe with the West Oakland Rocketry Club (WORC)

here’s a little video tease shot with a Casio EX-FS10 at 400 frames per second of my X-Patriot missile:

4 “D” motors. cardboard tube, foam-core fins, whiffle-ball nosecone, perfect paint job. no recovery method. Tahoe WORC trip 2010. Shot with Casio EX-FS10 camera at 400 fps.

stay tuned for the rest!

Wild Minds Demo Trailer

In November 2009 I was approached by Adventure Pictures, a SF based TV production company, who wanted me to be a host for a new show they were pitching to the Discovery/Science channel called “WILD MINDS.”

We filmed for a day at KSW headquarters in West Oakland, and I interviewed Dick Vennerbeck (AKA the Steam Wizard) and Jody Medich. Within a week they had this “trailer” edited together and sent off to the decision makers:

I’m still waiting to hear the final word… sometimes these things take a while to get sorted… so cross your fingers!

wild minds demo trailer.