Journey to the Oceans of the World
is a site-specific installation of a one-of-a kind animation and media
project for the entry vestibule at The Aquariums at Moody Gardens,
Galveston, TX. Using computer generated three-dimensional modeling
and animation and the integration of live action video, text and graphics,
we create a seamless 360 degree panoramic presentation which highlights
and introduces each of the four habitats of the Aquarium. Using IK,
FK and scripted animation techniques the characters are animated to
interact with both one another and the environment. Using flocking
and schooling scripts we can have prey fish being chased by other
larger more aggressive species.
The environment is rendered using six cameras arranged to capture
a full 360-degree panorama of the environment and all character animation.
Each camera scene is rendered to a separate stream of images. Each
image stream is post processed and is then burned to DVD. Using six
LCD projectors and a constructed 360 degree projection screen setup
the animation is played back to create a full panorama that places
the viewer in the center of the virtual environment.
The piece was created in collaboration between Digital Art and Animation
students at the William Paterson University of New Jersey, and professional
animators as an educational experience in design and development of
large-scale media projects.
Alias/Wavefront Maya 4.0, Discreet 3DS MAX, AfterEffects, DPS Velocity
running on Dell and Box Win2000Pro workstations.