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I am not usually that interested in the hobbyist modelling world but the attention to detail and the sheer scale of this project is immense. There are parts of the video that almost look like it is tilt shift photography rather than an automated model. The whole project took 7 years and was a bargain at $4.8 million. I love the fact that the people move around and the vehicles have functioning indicators. The beauty is in the detail.

In my opinion Andrew Smith has cracked it. As a child I spent hours creating and inventing with Lego, Mechano or just good old fashioned wood and nails. I find myself wishing that I could have carried on doing this forever; that I could make a living from play. Andrew’s recycled, kinetic art echos a mad-max-esque visual aesthetic and speaks volumes in terms of a “throw away society.” I especially like his observation in to the way in which value of an object is defined by how much somebody else wants that object.

“A lot of times as soon as somebody knows you want something they want you to pay for it, when they wanted to get rid of it in the first place”

Check out Andrews work on his site.

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I am sure by now this stop time animation will be all over the internet but I am mostly interested in the making of. There are so many different processes and technologies being used in harmony. The stop time footage was shot using a Nokia N8 with a custom microscope attachment. The model of the girl has been created using 3d printing technologies. The whole animation rig was automated to get frame by frame perfect positioning. Its an amazing process with so much care and attention to detail.

Recently I have spent a considerable amount of time researching data visualization techniques using Flash and AS3. The main driving force for this research was to inspire first year Digital Media students without allowing them to be intimidated by AS3. To make the process of visualizing data in AS3 less daunting I have started writing a toolkit of classes the students can use to bypass some of the fundamental and structural elements of visualizing data. This way the students can concentrate on the creative and experimental aspects of the visualizations and achieve results at a much faster rate.

Here is one of the classes I have completed that I believe to be quite useful. The purpose of the class is to convert time into units along an axis. The class takes the start time and end time for a period of data collection and maps that across either the x or y axis. The class has a getPoint method which you can pass any time within the data collection period and it will return the point in pixels along the specified axis.

Once an instance of has been defined only two lines are required to start utilising the class for example:

converter.setAxis(“12:00:00”, // The start time
“12:05:00”, // The end time
“x”);       // the axis to apply the units to

trace(converter.getPoint(“12:02:00”)); //get a value along the defined axis

Anybody is welcome to use this class I just hope other people find it as useful as I do.  However I would love to know any improvements that could be made to the class and how it has been implemented.

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