Category Archives: Angelic Visions: drones

Photo Documentation by Stephen Black of FAI Drone Racing Championships, Shenzhen 2018 (part 5)

Hey Birdwatchers!

Thank you to all of the athletes and attendees! The time flew by; every day the sense of community grew stronger. Thank you for making  a couple of newbs feel very welcome. On Thursday morning Lunchbox gave me an hour of his time, and what I learned from him greatly increased my enjoyment of the competition.Thanks Lunchbox-- and Lunchbox Lady too!

If you are in the photos, or know the names of those pictured, please let me know.

Feel free to use the images for non-commercial purposes. If you could credit "Stephen Black", that would be great, and do let me know your link, so I can publicize your site. If you want to use the images for commercial purposes, please ask, so that I can discuss with those in the photos.

Perhaps you can tell, but this was my first experience with posting photos with Gutenberg, a new OS from WordPress. It is not what I am used to, and later I will redo these posts.

Finally, in Alphabet Spikes, there are two short stories about drones. Alphabet Spikes is about my travels in Southeast Asia and China. It is available on Amazon, as are my other books...

Photo Documentation by Stephen Black of FAI Drone Racing Championships, Shenzhen 2018 (part 4)

Photo Documentation by Stephen Black of FAI Drone Racing Championships, Shenzhen 2018 (part 3)

Photo Documentation by Stephen Black of FAI Drone Racing Championships, Shenzhen 2018 (part 2)

Welcome Birdwatchers!

If you know the name of the pilots, or anyone else, please let me know via the comments section.

For commercial uses of these photos, please contact me so I can discuss with the those in the photo. Yes, non-commercial use is free, but please credit Stephen Black, and let me know your link so I can share it....and do feel free to buy Alphabet Spikes, one of my ebooks. Alphabet Spikes has a couple of short stories in it, stories about DRONES!

For many of the photos I have RAW files, which means I can improve the quality somewhat, in case you want prints or something.  The link to the first set of photos is here.

Photo Documentation by Stephen Black of FAI Drone Racing Championships, Shenzhen 2018 (part 1)

International drone racing championship in Shenzhen: the birth of a sport!



If you know the names of the people in the photos, please let me know, especially if you have contact info.

Feel free to use the images for noncommercial uses. If the photos are to be used for commercial purposes, please contact me, and I will contact those in the photos.  
The four days in Shenzhen were fantastic. I met Lunchbox and The Lunchbox Lady! I also was inspired to write a story called Life Pilot for  Alphabet Spikes.

Onwaird!

Stephen Black’s VR-related posts Part 1

A partial compilation of my VR-related posts. This is mainly for my personal reference. Later I will create a "greatest hits of VR blog posts" and of course the best parts of these will find their way into the book I am writing about 360VR.

SPOKEN

SPOKEN Eugene Soh/Stephen Black open notebook

Angelic Visions (this, at one point, was to be the title for a book on cinematography)

Towards a New Cinematography (same book idea, a different title)

Towards a New Cinematography (notes)... yet another name, for the same book idea, though this title signifies a more philosophical approach.

Beach Road short film (360 video)

Wall Clouding preproduction notes. Beach Road was called Wall Clouding in preproduction.

Virtual Reality for Beginners/Simple Chart/Designer Project (a bit naiive)

Stephen Black exhibition at Mettle Works Art Space

Norm Black: Before Probably the first exhibition of VR art in Singapore.

Norm Black VR exhibition notes

The Cinematography Book/Notes and a Reviewer (again the book has a different title!)

The Cinematography Book/Notes and Eugene Soh

The 2016 Sudden 360 Festival (360 Videos on Youtube)

everything (one of those unusual little projects I sometimes do)

Secret Donut World: a deck of 52 playing words

A brief introduction to Michael Naimark, media art guru

Virtual Reality for Artists Workshop/Michael Naimark/Objectifs

A typical conversation (perhaps) about VR, circa 2015

A (VR/AR/Haptics+)-based book proposal for agents-like-Lauren-Appleton

(This was written almost a year ago... so much has happened since then, and by that I mean experiences and contacts that will surely make for a great book. Like this. And this. Anyhoo...

Hello literary-agents-like-Lauren-Appleton!

I hope all is well on your side of the interwebtubes! My name is Stephen Black and I have a book proposal that I believe will be of interest to you, one of the publishing companies whom you represent and millions of people interested in visual art, gaming and film-making.

Cinema 8.0 will be a timeless bestselling classic like Towards an Architecture

Towards an Architecture was written during a transitional period in which concrete, preformed materials and Modernism were replacing past paradigms and materials. Cinema 8.0 is being written during a transitional period in which VR, AR, social media and haptics are exploding the concept of "motion pictures".

An artist/producer/writer, I believe my finished text will be factual, inspirational and light-hearted. Just as Corbusier's book is evergreen, so will be mine. (A valuable resource has been this post by Ryan Holiday about the making of Perennial Seller)

Beach Road 360VR film featured at festivals in Singapore, Brisbane and Las Vegas.

SPOKEN Unity-based virtual exhibition, curated by myself, co-produced with Eugene Soh.

Captioned virtual reality scene with two real men in it

Eugene Soh and Stephen Black

i ate tiong bahru A bestseller in Singapore. With. No. Marketing.

I've long lived in Asia, have worked for CNN, Cartoon Network, Fuji TV: writer, director, cameraman, producer. Collected as an artist, published as a photographer.

Here are blog posts that exemplify some of the research that I have done. The theoretical/inspirational components, as well as a chapter outline, can be viewed upon request.

Thank you for your time and consideration literary-agents-like-Lauren-Appleton!

onwARd,

Stephen Black

public section of Engadget Experience 100K grant proposal

Bubiko Foodtour: the world's first AR superstar

I discovered information about Lauren Appleton, and her request for manuscripts, here. I wrote the above with a great deal of respect and, hopefully, in a way that prevents internet search complications or misrepresentations.

Oh yeah...a book cover about immersive environments
A working title, now scrapped.

CINEMATOGRAPHY 8.0 light and motion in the age of VR, 360, 4K, 8K, AR, AI, CG and drones

In Praise of Shadowsby Junichiro Tanizaki. Written in 1933, when traditional Japan was contemplating a future full of Western modernism. (50 pages)

Towards a New Architecture, by Le Corbusier. Published in 1923, when traditional Western architecture was contemplating a future in which mass production was revolutionizing architecture and society. (320 pages)

Cinematography 8.0 by Stephen Black. Created in 2017, when lens-based cinematography was contemplating 360 VR , as well as AR, AI, 4K, 8K CG, lens/computer imaging systems and drones. (280 pages)

Reviewers of C8.0 include professional cinematographers, editors and theoreticians/artists such as  Stelarc.

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So... Cinematography 8.0... most certainly will have a theoretical and poetic component;the first section of the book. But the tools of  contemporary cinematography change quickly and are  extremely dependent upon economics, unlike pen and paper or paint and canvas.  SO.. there is a second part of the Cinematography 8.0. This second half, a compendium, may eventually become a book project unto itself.

The compendium will be something like a combination of  encyclopedia and product guide. The entries will be written because of  their relevance to the title of the book OR because they have been commissioned.

That is to say, I am looking forward to working with  production teams, individuals, software makers, camera companies or anyone with a product, movie, concept or software connected to the theme of C8.0.  This section will be done on a first come, first served basis and the pricing will soon be determined. The rates will be displayed as part of the crowdfunding campaign for C.80. Another way of saying this is that I will write, for hire, about anything or anyone related to VR for the second part of the C 8.0 book, the compendium.

The crowdfunding campaign is expected to start soon, mid-December 2016. If you would like to get a head start on having a description written about your C8.0-related topic, please get in touch with me through this blog.  Thanks.

Note that the book cover used for the header of this post is not the final version.

 

The Cinematography Book/Notes and a Reviewer

The Cinematography Book is not going to have that for title. I am now working on a proposal for a book on how lenses and computers are now redefining cinematography. But the title? Well.

My first title was Angelic Visions: VR, AR, Drones and Cinematography's Second Life. Here is one of a few related posts, this one about Matt Seigel's 4K video class. And yes, I had the following idea for a cover, but that guy in the photo, with the word "angelic" nearby, didn't seem right...

a symbol for cinematography

For a book like this, it is important to have reviewers. Reviewers are not proofreaders; they are most important in the initial stages. Once I have the chapter outlines and the structures for the chapters themselves, I'll run it past the reviewers. The reviewers I have in mind are not all cinematographers. For now I am pleased to announce that Stelarc has agreed to be a reviewer. With his extra-extraordinary background as a performance artist and his recent experiences with a RED 6K cameras, 2 GH4 bodies, a slider, a lighting set, a 4K drone and a motorized 3 axis gimbal, his  input is a unique honor to have and I am very grateful.

What kind of book am I thinking of? I have ideas for sure, but the most attractive part of writing for me is the evolution; the way that new routes and ideas appear unexpectedly. This will not be a technical manual, that is for sure.

Hopefully I do not sound pretentious, but I am inspired by two books: Towards A New Architecture and In Praise of Shadows.
Le Corbusier, the visionary architect, wrote Towards A New Architecture early in the last century, at a time when architecture suddenly was faced with the possibilities of concrete, steel,  and electricity. Now, cinematography is faced with the possibilities of extremely high resolution digital recording technology, motion sensors, GPS, drones, AR, VR and more....

The other book, In Praise of Shadows, was written by Junichiro Tanizaki in 1933. It is meditative collection of essays about how we perceive the world.
However, though I will aim for the classic feel of these two texts, I am sure to also throw in stylistic influences from cyberpunk, the Marx Brothers and I Ate Tiong Bahru!