Jeanne Kelly

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3D Magic With DICOM Data

In Fall 2010, Thesis Research on November 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm


I received the first four CT scan sets from the University of Philadelphia’s Anthropology Department today.  Tom Schoenemann, the gentleman working on getting me those scans, recommended OsiriX as a good program for viewing and processing DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) data created from the CT scans.  DICOM is a comprehensive set of standards for handling, storing and transmitting information in medical imaging.  These images can come from not only CT scans but other medical imaging modalities such as MRI, PET scans, etc.

OsiriX is a freeware program available to the public on the Apple Inc. Website. It is seamlessly tied into the Mac OS X platform.  Biomedical Visualizers can use this software to visualize anatomical data sets and extract visual information for reference.

OsiriX software has a “C-STORE SCP” capability, and is therefore capable of storing incoming DICOM images into a local database.  I’ll use the DICOM data from the CT scans of the Hyrtl skulls to create 3D volume renderings using the Osirix program to emulate a PACS system (Picture Archival and Communication System) on my local drive.

The 3D renderings will then be imported into image editing programs such as Maya, Mudbox and Photoshop.  From these renderings forensic facial reconstructions will be made for the different Hyrtl subjects.  The first subject of the narrative will have their skull printed 3 dimensionally as well to create a traditional 3D forensic facial reconstruction.  Printouts will be made of one of the subject’s skulls so a 2D forensic reconstruction can be made.  But all of the characters will have digital facial reconstructions made and printed.

These reconstructions will be the basis for the figures in the dioramas.  They will beminiature versions of how the Hyrtl subjects looked in real life.  Facial expressions will be changed in Maya and Mudbox to reflect the different emotions experienced by the characters.  These different face will be printed on one of Parsons’ 3D printers and used throughout the scenes.

On “NewTek” discussion forums a usergoing by “mrxd” was having similar issues and offered some images that I’ll share with you until the Hyrtl skulls are done.  All of the images on this post are from his attemps to use the DICOM data in CT scans imported it into Lightwave to make a model.


A Precedent @ ClampArt Gallery

In Fall 2010, Thesis Research on November 19, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Solo Exhibition of New Work
November 4 – December 18, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday November 4, 6 – 8 pm

ClampArt Gallery
521-531 W. 25th Street, New York City 

Constructed and photographed since 2008, the new images Lori has produced in her series The City (2005-2010), including the ‘Map Room’ (above and below), will be on display at ClampArt. While much of her early work was grounded in personal experience, the latest work is more speculation.

The City, moves indoors to a variety of architectural interiors that could be found in our own urban surroundings.  These public space lie deteriorating and neglected while later slowly reclaims them.  The reason for their decline is unclear, but the effects are not.” via ClampArt

This is her first solo show at ClampArt. Her work will then travel to Chicago for an exhibition at Catherine Edelman Gallery, January 7 – February 26, 2011.
Details from ‘Map Room’, from “The City”, 2010, Direction & Cinematography: Joshua Priestley, Music: Kevin Jordan, via Lori Nix.

Papercraft Masks Maybe

In Fall 2010, Thesis Research on November 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm

In looking at possible funding I began to think about selling masks of each of the characters once the reconstructions are done. (this was around halloween time)  I first had in mind the typical “slip on with elastic ties” kind of mask and also the “held on stick infront of your face” kind of mask, then I remembered these complex puzzle of papercraft faces by 3D game artist Eric Testroete.  Below you can see some of his production shots when he used his own face to make his halloween costume in 2009. I am creating these reconstructions digitally, so why not use the mesh to create the patterns for papercraft masks.  Something to think about.

Walt Disney's Don Hahn

In Fall 2010 on November 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Producer, Director Don Hahn Invites All To A Screening and Special Event

Parsons welcomes award-winning Walt Disney Producer/Director Don Hahn to a special event. Mr. Hahn will be screening his insightful documentary, Waking Sleeping Beauty, followed by a Q&A session.

Stone Circle Pictures

Red Shoes Productions


From 1984 to 1994,

a perfect storm of people and circumstances

changed the face of animation forever.

Directed by Don Hahn

Produced by Peter Schneider, Don Hahn

Waking Sleeping Beauty looks behind the scenes at Disney, at how a perfect storm of people and circumstance between 1984 and 1994 changed the face of animation forever.

Don Hahn (Director) is one of the most successful filmmakers working in Hollywood today. He produced the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast,” the first animated film to receive a Best Picture Oscar® nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and to win a Golden Globe® for Best Picture. His next film, “The Lion King,” broke box office records all over the world to become the top-grossing traditionally animated film in Disney history and a long-running blockbuster Broadway musical. Hahn also served as associate producer on the landmark motion picture “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (with Amblin’ Entertainment). His other films include “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” and the 2006 short, “The Little Matchgirl,” which earned Hahn his second Oscar® nomination.

He is currently developing the stop-motion animated feature “Frankenweenie” with director Tim Burton, and directing and producing several documentary projects.  Hahn has also authored three books on the art of animation, including the 2008 book, “The Alchemy of Animation,” which provides the definitive account of how animated films are created in the modern age.

This event is only open to Parsons faculty, staff, students and alumni. We cannot guarantee seating so prompt arrival is suggested.

Location: Parsons The New School for Design,
Kellen Auditorium, 65 5th Ave.
(Note: please enter on 5th Ave and not 13th Street)

Date: Friday, November 12th
Seating Begins: 7:00 PM
Screening and Presentation: 7:30 PM – 9:30PM

RSVP Required.

MFA Design & Technology Open Studio

In Fall 2010, Thesis Research on November 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Nov 11th, 6 – 9PM, 10th floor lab
Food and beverages served!
Students will present work-in-progress
with program director and other faculty.
Students will hang out and work on projects in the 10th floor lab and discuss your work and the program with prospective students and visitors.
I presented at open studio, which went pretty well I think.  I mostly got questions about the school and boot camp and that sort of thing.  It was good practice and Dave and Sven seemed to appreciate the project.


In Fall 2010, Thesis Research, Wow on November 10, 2010 at 8:59 pm

3D Zoetrope System

In Fall 2010, Thesis Research on November 8, 2010 at 2:04 pm

3-D Zoetrope of Mova Contour Live Action Performance
3-D Zoetrope of Mova Contour Live Action Performance

Photos of the 3-D Zoetrope with 30 3-D sculptures of a live-action actor’s face. When the wheel spins, a strobe light flashes in sync with the rotation, illuminating the faces in fixed positions, and creating the illusion that the faces are speaking. The faces were captured from a live-action performance with Mova Contour Reality Capture, and printed using a 3-D stereolithography printer by Gentle Giant Studios.

3-D Zoetrope of Mova Contour Live Action Performance
3-D Zoetrope of Mova Contour Live Action Performance

When the 3-D Zoetrope spins, a strobe light stops each 3-D model into a fixed position, so it appears to be moving while steadily in place. When the strobe light is turned off, the faces appear as a blur, as shown in these photos.

3-D Zoetrope of Mova Contour Live Action Performance

Each 3-D sculpture is a precise reconstruction of a 3-D capture of the surface of the actor’s face in motion, accurate to a fraction of a millimeter. The face was captured by Mova Contour Reality Capture, and printed using a 3-D stereolithography printer by Gentle Giant Studios. One of the 3-D Scultpures is coming out of a 3-D stereolithography printer in this photo.

3-D Zoetrope of Mova Contour Live Action Performance
After the 3-D sculpture is removed from the 3-D stereolithography printer, it is sanded to remove rough edges

Steve Perlman (right), Founder and President of Mova, beside his Contour Reality Capture System.

Mova : Press Photos.

Hyrtl Simulacrum Planning

In Fall 2010, Thesis Research on November 7, 2010 at 5:57 pm

The Narrative | Map and Key

In Fall 2010 on November 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Here is how all of the characters are knit together.  The key to each connection is written below.  The solid lines means the characters attached had a more direct connection; the dashed line means it was only a passing acquaintance. All of the characters have at least two connections to their fellows in the Hyrtl collection.  One connection must be strong and direct, one that effected their life.  The other connection can be merely a passing contact with another person.

The story starts with the tightrope walker and ends with our reformist herdsmen with everyone intertwined in-between.  And it turns out, the one character that ties them all together is the cop, but he’s not the first, last or the only one to live.  The narrative starts as a sweet innocent childhood romance. It builds to a tragic mystery with famous prostitutes and bandits. And ends happily, with every character dead.

1. Girolamo Zini, age 20, Rope-walker. Died of a broken neck.
     a. Falls in deeply in love with Veronica Huber. (2.)
     b. Entertains Geza the Reformist herdsman. (8.)
     c. Becomes known to Julius Farkas, Veronica’s lover. (4.)
     d. His body is guarded by to Gianbattista the police man (3.)

2. Veronica Huber, age 18. Executed for the murder of her child.
     a. Has a fling with Girolamo Zini. (1.)
     b. Falls in love with Julius Farkas. (4.)
     c. Is escorted to her execution by Gianbattista the police man. (3.)

3. Gianbattista Tozzi, age 24. Policeman, Died of stab wound in Florence.
     a. Escorts Veronica Huber to her execution. (2.)
     b. Guards the body of Girolamo Zini. (1.)
     c. Fails to save Julius Farkas from committing suicide. (4.)
     d. Interviews Geza Uirmeny about his attempted suicide. (8.)
     e. Arrests Francisca Seycora for prostitution. (5.)
     f. Keeps the crowd from the body of Andrejew Sokoloff. (7.)
     g. Dies while fighting Rai Tao Si, the famous Thai bandit. (6.)

4. Julius Farkas, age 28. Suicide by gunshot wound of the heart.
     a. Falls in love with Veronica Huber (2.)
     b. Becomes aware of Girolamo Zini (1.)
     c. Was almost saved from suicide by Gianbattista (3.)

5. Francisca Seycora, age 19. Famous Viennese prostitute dies in hospital.
     a. Arrested by Gianbattista (3.)
     b. Made famous by the bandit Rai Tao Si (6.)
     c. Was the mistress of Andrejew Sokoloff (7.)
     d. Shared a hospital room with Geza Uirmeny (8.)

6. Rai Tao Si, a famous Thai bandit, caught and executed.
     a. Patronized Francisca (2.) in turn making her exotic and famous.
     b. Killed Gianbattista (3.) while being captured with ten of his gang.

7. Andrejew Sokoloff. Joined the Scopzi sect and died from self castration.
     a. Was deeply in love with Francisca Seycora (5.)
        Did not handle her loss well.
     b. Body was escorted by Gianbattista (3.)
8. Geza Uirmeny, age 80. Reformist herdsman. At age 70 attempted suicide
by cutting his throat. Wound not fatal. Lived happily until 80.
     a. Entertained by Girolamo (1.)
     b. Is escorted to the hospital by Gianbattista (3.)
     c. Shares a room in the hospital with  Francisca (5.)
Geza ends our story by living another 10 years and
enjoying every minute.