Sunday, April 8, 2012

Creating timelapse on the go for Echoes 2012

Poster design by Pornthip Phimanaporn

It was invited by the Silpakorn University faculty of music to use my VJ skills again this year for the Echoes Festival at Bangkok Art and Culture Center. On the 5th of April, I was vijaying outdoor of Bangkok Art and Culture Center, improvising visuals with VJ Hype, one of my students. On the 6th of April, I was giving a similar duty but this time with a playlist, I knew exactly what was going to be played and the organizer gave me some visual suggestions to match the work of the student. The event was indoor this time, 15 experimental tracks performed by Silpakorn University. I was a bit frustrated by the fact that they requested a lot of footage from Bangkok and especially timelapse, I didn't want to rip other's people work, knowing that one of the best timelapse of Bangkok available on vimeo was shot by a friend of mine...

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While showing google street view to my girlfriend, a new function in Thailand, I wondered... what would happened if... I animated the damn thing? I looked at the challenge... a considerable amount of screen capture, a limited time (2 days), let see what I can do. I first try to locate some interesting spot in Bangkok: Bridges, highway, slum, etc... Then start to screen capture what I was doing, 30 minutes of capture, frame by frame for a 5 sec animation at 12 fps... my fingers starts to hurt after that. I guess using scripts could have facilitated the process, but well, I still find the result quite worth the work.
I will post a video from the performance later on. But here are some of the video I played during the performance: