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technical statement

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.