Jeanne Kelly

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Kickstarter Video

In Spring 2010, Thesis Research on January 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I wanted to make a video for the project home page on Kickstarter. There is so much to read on there already that it was suggested something a little more dynamic would be nice. And sometimes it’s just nice to be told a story while you look at pictures.  🙂 So I finally got it completed, up and running. click on the image below to watch the video.



Testing the Follow Focus

In Fall 2010, Thesis Research on January 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm

The follow focus on the simulacrum is being built with a help of a friend and photographer Louis Lucci.  We set it a few times now and ran some test and took the measurements for the cabinet based on the dementions of the rig and the diorama table together.  I’ve tried a few different mounts and while I think the Skil mount is best for movement, it will not support the weight of the follow focus.

The video is recorded directly through the camera and streamed live into the living room.  No great feat, but no small accomplishment either.

The ruler allows me to get a better idea about placement and focus when setting up the dioramas. This also lets me see how much space has to exists between the camera and the diorama.  Right now the measurement looks to be around one to two and half feet from lens to the closest focal point in the scene, close to what I expected.

This second video is the documentation of that test.  Louis and I are taking the measurements and also getting an idea how the scene changes when view in a different way.

I had a real heart wrenching moment the second time we set up the entire rig.

I had returned to my family home in Virginia over the holiday to pick up some of my mother’s camera equipment to use in the project. My mother was a photographer and my best friend. She died on May 1st, 2005 at the age of 66; too young with too much undone.  I decided to take back a two tripods, a few lens and filters with some other odds and ends to use in the prototyping.  I carefully separated out the things I’d used and backed them up to return to New York with me.  The one thing I took that was particularly special to me was her 50 mm lens.  This one has a lot of very fond memories attached to it for me.

Louis had been setting everything up while I was in another room working on the diorama.  When I finally saw it all put together with my mom’s lens, I just cried.

I’m just so happy to be using it and I knew she would be thrilled with what I was doing and would have been right beside me helping if she could. In a way it made me feel like I was still able to include her and at the same time it made me sad that she couldn’t be here.  I miss you mom ad this one’s for you all the way.

and a side note:

This 90° gear is found inside the main compartment of the follow focus. It’s pretty substantial and it’s actually just what I need for the crank to shaft in the final build as well.

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.

Looking for the Right Precedence

In Fall 2010, Thesis Research, Wow on October 16, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Dramatic Narrative Short Films

In looking for precedence for my thesis project only one filmaker came to mind, Peter Greenaway.  But I know there has to be others that are using the same techniques in their own styles.

A small clip from Peter Greenaway’s “Death in the Seine” – Historical drownings in the Seine are catalogued,
dissected and elaborated, with multilayered visuals and ‘documentary’ asides.

In my search I can across the wok of Lizzie Oxby.  Check out all of her work here.  I love her direction and atmosphere.  Her style of visual storytelling is nothing short of astonishing.  If I can ever come even the slightest bit close to her work in just one of teh vignettes, then I will concider it a success.

Here are a few other shorts I found I although they do not represent the direction I’d like to take the Mutter shorts. I found them on this get website:


In Fall 2010 on September 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm
via  QNQ/AUJIK on Vimeo.

Battle of Branchage

In Wow on June 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Architectural Projection Mapping @ Branchage Film Festival 2009

Projection mapping by seeper | video by flat-e | via Vimeo.

YouTube – Liars – We Fenced Other Gardens With The Bones Of Our Own

In Wow on June 25, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Liars – We Fenced Other Gardens With The Bones Of Our Own.

Impossible Motion | Winner | Best Visual Illusion of the Year

In Spring 2010, Wow on May 24, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Winner of the Best Visual Illusion of the Year Contest 2010
Koukichi Sugihara
Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences, Japan

In this video, wooden balls roll up the slopes just as if they are pulled by a magnet. The behavior of the balls seems impossible, because it is against the gravity. The video is not a computer graphic, but a real scene. What is actually happening is that the orientations of the slopes are perceived oppositely, and hence the descending motion is misinterpreted as ascending motion. This illusion is remarkable in that it is generated by a three-dimensional solid object and physical motion, instead of a two-dimensional picture.

via YouTube – Impossible motion: magnet-like slopes.

Motion Graphics | Fixing the Roosevelt Island Animatic

In Major Studio Narrative, Motion Graphics 1, Spring 2010 on May 14, 2010 at 9:16 pm

The reworking of the video turned out okay.  I think the music really adds the right feeling.  I’m thinking of replacing some of the drawings with photographs.  It still needs a lot of work but it’s getting there.

Major Studio | Who ~ What ~ Where | Modern Ruins 4

In Major Studio Narrative, Spring 2010 on April 14, 2010 at 10:54 pm

The Final Iteration

or “As far as I can take it this time.”

So I’ve rewritten the narrative to incorporate the new limitations and to include the future of the structure and what it will be for those who will visit.  Not having access to the structure itself leaves me to drawing what I can to animate the narrative.

I decided to us a voiceover to guild us through the history and let the visuals be absorbed in suport of the narrative.  I wrote a simple script highlighting the key points in the history of the Smallpox Hospital and better half, Christopher Abell did the voice over and recording with me.  He has a much richer voice then I do and it fit perfectly with the subject of the piece.

I organized the transitions according to the narration, using text to create the flow in the animation between the different stages of the hospital.  In my research I found an old Smallpox Hospital opening announcement which I really liked the look of (the grid of this is really great).

I used this as a template to create a similar sign for the Renwick Smallpox Hospital.  It was interesting to disassemble this peice and realize that a lot of the look I that I appreciate in this “poster” is the spacing and clustering of the individual words.  In reproducing this I had to “set” each word (sometimes a group of words) in the line.  The uniform spacing of the computer destroys this feel and the rhythm it generates.(using the information from the Smallpox hospital.

I did some research and gave a lot of thought to the font styles and really wanted the different type fit the change in the history of the building.  These are the fonts I chose for the transitions:

Oldnewspaper Type – 1850’s

CrappyGothic – 1850’s

Chelsea – 1900’s

Yoxall – 1950’s

TRASHED – 1975

Helvetica Neue – 2009

Animation Stills

Final thoughts:

I had a lot of problems with importing the layers into After Effects. And I had to finally create the animation in Photoshop instead, which meant I presented without the audio.  The timing was also thrown off in the conversion to photoshop; what was once a smooth flowing animation turned into a very choppy studdering work.

It does have a kind of stop-motion feel to it, but not what I had intended.  What I presented was only a pale comparison to what my original final intent was.   This is what was presented:

Renwick Smallpox Hospital from Jeanne Kelly on Vimeo.