Sequence 47

This video is part of a game that a bunch of us are playing this month. The idea is that each day, someone different makes a 90 second video, inspired in some way by the previous day’s piece. This video was inspired by Heath’s video and tomorrow Mike will make one somehow based on this one. I’m collecting all the videos over here.

In case you’re interested, here’s the chain of though that led to this video. I started by writing down some things that interested me in Heath’s video. One of those was the closeup of his eyes. That made me think of the scene in 2001 where David Bowman goes into the monolith. I’ve been listening to The Flaming Lips a lot lately and I thought the end of Silver Trembling Hands and the beginning of Virgo Self-Esteem Broadcast would make a cool alternate soundtrack. My original idea was to have Aren (the robot from just say something funny at the end but I’d been listening to the Glee soundtrack all day and I thought it would be better if I could somehow work in one of those tracks. The best one is their version of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing which, I realized, is the song that they used in the last scene of The Sopranos. And that fits perfectly with the Walt Whitman poem that Heath used. All of that happened in my head in about a minute after not coming up with an idea all day.

Update 11/20/09: I finally implemented Ogg video on my site in the new HTML5 video tag. If you are using Firefox 3.5 you’ll get the ogg video when you click play. If you are using Safari or Chrome you’ll get an mp4 file and if you are using IE6, 7 or 8 you’ll get a flash player. I’m using javascript to replace the thumbnail image with the video player because the poster image attribute isn’t supported yet. Also having the image displayed first makes it look better on my iPhone. :-)

The Making Of Talkbot

Making Talkbot feels like something from the future even though the process in this video is less elaborate than the one outlined in this earlier post. I love that I’m able to work with most anyone, in real-time, in an amazing world where you can create just about anything you want – even goofy robots that love to curse.

The example Talkbot episode in this video is “Back To Normal” from yesterday. The embeded video is 1280 x 720 so if you put it in fullscreen mode you’ll be able to see all of the details. I’ll warn you that the video is nearly 37 minutes long (and 275MB) as many sections are of me working things out in real time. It’s also about as simple an episode as we can make and it actually took about an hour and a half to create. What was cut out was some of the story brainstorming, reworking one of Lifal’s lines of dialog, music selection and lots of progress bars and app launching.

Links to software and services used:
Open Atrium
Final Cut Studio
AT&T Text-to-Speech demo
Second Life

This is an idea that I’ve been playing with for literally years now. It’s a talk show hosted by my Second Life avatar, Aren Mandala. This episode features our friend Poid who I first met when I did the Scion City stuff about a year and half ago. I actually know a few really cool artists through Second Life so I’m going to try to feature as many as possible.

There’s a short meta story around the talk show that I’m telling which is a bit open ended so I’ll be publishing every week until it’s done. Please go watch the other videos – I’m having a blast with this.

Mad Skills

It’s been almost a month since I posted anything – as usual, I’ve just been working long hours. Recently I had to put together a “reel.” Normally, I’m not crazy about doing that kind of thing but I had fun with this one and got some help from my alter ego.