Did I jinx things with the previous blog post, mentioning unforeseen technical issues? Maybe.
On Wednesday afternoon 360/24 - Haytor started playing to quite a lot of interest in the ICCI360 audience. Until about a third of the way in, when all five video feeds looped back to the logo-on-black beginning while the audio carried on regardless. The slightly confused audience applauded anyway.
OK, not good for the nerves after so much time went into the making of the piece, but this could be a one-off problem. After that session had ended the team tried running the video again - this time it got half way through before looping back to the beginning. Aargh!
Time had run out to do another test before the next session but apparently it ran successfully in the evening as a backdrop to one of the choral works. The next time Haytor was due to run was this afternoon, Friday. Partway through and, you guessed it, the video cut back to the beginning. A fourth attempt later in the afternoon and it worked! This was a great relief, until this point I'd not seen the full size final version, not having five 1080p HD projectors lying around the place.
The ICCI360 Festival is upon us. For me this the culmination of a couple of hundred hours of work on 360/24 - Haytor. This is a timelapse piece created specifically for the event, shot during the Summer solstice in 2009.
As the Haytor project has progressed it has grown in scope from a 'simple' timelapse to a full-grown piece with scripted narration involving collaboration with writer Val Shearer and actor Al Wadham. As someone who is used to working on his own this has been an odd experience.
Being such a site-specific piece I haven't seen the full resolution version before, so as I write this on my down to Plymouth there is a certain degree of trepidation - will the piece work as intended, how much will the audience get out of it, will there be an unforeseen technical breakdown?
I'll find out soon enough...
A couple of weeks ago the ICCI had a dry run for September's digital arena event. Rather like some of my 'dry runs' up on Haytor shooting footage for the event, it turned out to be somewhat on the damp side once it got the the actual opening...
Anyway, a number of photographers, videographers and artists submitted work for the test run, including 360˚ video, panoramas, 'normal' video ganged 5-up to fit in the cylinder, drawings, computer animations etc.
Anyway, here's a video excerpt of the Haytor timelapse in it's natural habitat:
It's several months until the interactive digital arena event in Plymouth, but this week is the trial run. With a 12m diameter dome instead of the 20m one that is planned for September it's going to be smaller but good practice.
I'm on my way down on the train to have a look, with a couple of hours booked in for testing on Wednesday having already left 25GB of video files with the organisers...
The projection setup for the dome involves five computers, each running a 1920x1080 pixel section of the projection area for a 9600 pixel cylinder. Creating video files to fit this can be... interesting. The work I'm showing is the Haytor timelapse in a 3up format which doesn't tie in too wellwith the need to produce five video files. A lot of fiddling with five matched Keynote presentations and a bunch of video rendering later and the files were ready.
Here's to hoping they sync properly.
I'll be giving a talk at the next Designed in Devon event at the Exeter Phoenix later this month, on the subject of timelapse panoramas and the use of robots as mark-making devices.
A few more Haytor-related bits are now up, collected into a 'presentations test' album.
If you were at the PanoTools Meeting in Romania in August, you will have seen my talk about a recent project - a 24 hour timelapse sequence shot on Haytor Rocks, Dartmoor.