Monthly Archives: December 2019

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Bubiko visits Paddington

At Paddington Station, in the store filled with all that is Paddington.
The famous statue. "Please look after this Bear. Thank you."
The world famous bear meets the world famous chef. Lobby of the Paddington Hilton, London.
Bubiko, in awe.

“Best espresso in America”

One of the certificates hanging in Papi y Papi, a retail store in Natchez, Mississippi. Besides coffee, Papi y Papi sells chocolate and cigars.
Papi y Papi sources only the best beans, and supervises the roasting.
Dub Rogers. The Slayer Steam.
https://www.facebook.com/Papi-y-Papi-101308421294809/

"Best coffee in America," said a visitor from Melbourne, Australia. If you know Melbourne, you know that this is a very high compliment. The man had been travelling in the U.S. for about a month.

636 Franklin Street
Natchez, Mississippi 39120
https://www.visitnatchez.org/
http://mississippiwerewolf.com/Night_of_the_Loup_Garou_Movie_Website/The_Legend.html
https://blog.napster.com/2016/03/30/fat-possum-25-years-keeps-it-real-for-25-years/

There are two posts on this blog about the detail and care that goes into making espresso at Papi y Papi. Here is the first.

VIEW 2019 part 4

The Hugo Guerra of Hugo's Desk. Hugo is an extremely good compositor and teacher.

From my TV and gamemaking days, I have some familiarity with compositing. Although it is almost certain that I will never become a compositor, I sat in on Hugo's seminar. I think I retained about .001% of the technical information that Hugo shared, but observing his workflow and troubleshooting tips was inspiring.

The Addams Family: Reintroducing a Classic: the presenters, co-director Conrad Vernon and Producer Alexa Schwartz, spoke about the challenges in creating a new version of The Addams Family. Although the story is contemporary, the two looked at the original drawings of Charles Addams. His drawings, featured in The New Yorker magazine, were the basis of the original TV show.

Conrad and Alexa presented like the professionals that they are. They completed each other's sentences. They kept the topics moving. Perhaps they rehearsed and planned for a long time, or maybe they just improvised so informatively because they knew their subject so well. They showed clips and explained the stories behind them. If there is an Addams Family Hall of Fame, Conrad and Alexa should be in it.

Animated movies have their own unique characteristics, but they also act as "containers" for other art forms, music being the most obvious example, drawing being another. However, successful animated characters are the result of combining drawing, sculpture, programming and... dreaming. Animated characters are often realistic, but they can ignore the laws of physics. Dreams and animation need no logic.

Having said that, the more a VFX operator/CG artist/animator studies reality, the better. Noticing the almost imperceptible muscles movements of the human body results in all kinds of possibilities, especially when one must make a character react to something unexpected. The following clip was shown by Theodore Tye, as part of his excellent presentation entitled Beyond Eye Darts: A Closer Look at Acting for Animation:

This masterclass, through the analysis of clips from animated and live- action films as well as acting theory, takes a fun, in-depth look at the study and execution of both comedy and dramatic acting for animation.

Following is one of the clips shown to exemplify a reaction worth studying.

VIEW took place in OGR Turino, an arts center in what was once a train station.
Glen McIntosh is a paleo-artist, and the supervising artist for Jurassic World.Glen's first film was Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. It was a pleasure to watch him work and share his stories.
Turin is a delight!
Bubiko photobombing animation bigwigs.
Hal Hickel, a legend at Industrial Light and Magic.Winner of both an Academy Award and BAFTA. He has worked on Star Wars, Jurassic Park, AI, Pirates of the Caribbean, Toy Story and The California Raisins!
Closing party. The London Siggraph people put copies of interesting black and white images on the tables, making Offtopic a bit like their Drink and Draw nights in London.

I have just settled down after travelling for over two months. I am still processing all that I learned and experienced at VIEW and an other post is on its way.

STEPHEN BLACK: WHO IS HE AND WHAT IS HE DOING IN NYC?

I will be presenting at VIEW in Turin in October!

My talk about AR and Autonomous Vehicles, in January 2020.

Bio from the ARIA/Augmented Reality Leadership Summit at the MIT Media Lab, February 12.

The video below is explained here.

Bubiko + Tranzient test: Mocap, music and VR!

December 23: new article on the AIXR website.

February 12: ARIA @MIT details to follow

SB reading Volumetric Scan by Harleigh Shaw @ Scandy

I am definitely attending the Volumetric Filmmakers NYC Meetup on December 12.

I am also hoping to meet media companies, content producers, musicians, visual artists and anyone involved with AR, VR and volumetric filmmaking.

Interview with TIVA at the Video Show

(This post was originally created for the The Video Show in Washington DC, where the interview was recorded.)

As part of the Video Show fun, this unusual ebook guide to AR was on sale!

Although, in my presentations, I mention companies, no one is paying me to have their product or service mentioned. I am thrilled to say that Novaby is helping me with Bubiko, and that I have spent a little quality time with Tranzient and Scandy (listed below), but other than that, I am just sharing info gathered online and at trade shows/events.

SB at ARIA, MIT 2019
Bubiko Foodtour amongst the pumpkins in one of the London WeWork offices.

Stephen Black is a consultant/creative director/ bestselling writer/director/producer (Fox, Cartoon Network, CNN, Fuji TV) who’s spoken about AR at MIT, Hong Kong PolyU, TechCrunch Shenzhen, PARIS (Paris Augmented Reality Influencers Show) and the Open Augmented Reality Cloud Symposium (Munich). Beach Road, his VR (360 video) movie was featured at VR festivals in Singapore, Las Vegas and Brisbane. 

360 films
Stephen Black, in the Beach Road, the VR(360 video) film he co-produced with Hiverlab

Also an established visual artist, he has exhibited at art spaces worldwide, including the Singapore Biennale (with Michael Lee), Image Forum Experimental Film and Video Festival (Tokyo), and numerous venues in the legendary art scene of the Rivington School/Lower East Side of New York City.

Office Orchitect by Michael Lee, text by Stephen Black

With Sayuri Okayama, Stephen created Bubiko Foodtour, an AR character who will soon be featured in an app. Bubiko has written a guide to AR, as well as collaborated with: the Tranzient VR electronic music-making software, an AR portal experiment with Green Bean Boy/Hummingbirdsday Studio. Upcoming: collaborations with Six Cats Studio, David Severn, Secret Donut World and NUG TOTH (Natchez)

The 3D version of Bubiko, and her rigging, are by Novaby. Bubiko's 3D AR debut was at Tech in the Tenderloin, generously supported by Niantic.

Bubiko at the Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana.

Stephen is available for creating AR/VR/traditional video content  as well as consulting, creative direction and public speaking opportunities. His latest book, Bubiko Foodtour’s Ununusual Guide to Augmented Reality (reviewed here) is available on Amazon.

PRO TIPS/NEWS STORIES

Geopose. As URL is to the internet, geopose is to AR. Interested? This blog post is a must.

Geopose and GPS virtual sculpture (1st location: Paris) now in production by Vincent Trastour (Flamingo Studios/PARIS event) and Stephen Black.

Scandy: A revolutionary way to create 3D scans with iOS. https://www.scandy.co/


Neilson Gamble's experiment with volumetric video, Aframe, hoxel and the Oculus Quest.

Novaby: 3D model makers experienced with AR, gamemaking and more: https://www.novaby.com/ The CEO of Novaby, Julia Beabout is also heading cutting edge AR/social projects: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tww8aGYV99s

A talk about the amazing Blackhawk Jazz club AR project San Francisco. And soon Julia will be sharing info about her Seattle AR project.

Tech in the Tenderloin is another project Julia is involved with. (So was Bubiko!)

Tranzient: Electronic Musicmaking in VR: http://www.blacksteps.tv/bubiko-meets-tranzient-1-0/ 

https://www.aliveintech.com/

Bubiko Foodtour’s Unusual Guide to Augmented Reality, reviewed on AR Post: https://arpost.co/2019/10/22/bubiko-foodtours-unusual-guide-to-augmented-reality-approachable-introduction-ar-technology/

How augmented reality is being used in weather reporting | ZDNet https://www.zdnet.com/video/how-augmented-reality-is-being-used-in-weather-reporting/

Questions? Use the comment section. Thanks! Looking forward to meeting you!

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