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This is a piece made for the Experiments in Immersive Design class at the University of Southern California, one that is an in-depth exploration of aesthetics and techniques involved in the conceptualization, design and creation of immersive media and stereoscopic imaging. In this class, we spent 5 weeks in IMAX cinema, 5 weeks in Fulldome cinema, 5 weeks in Virtual Reality.
In February, we had an awesome field trip to the Red Rock Canyon Park, not too far from Los Angeles. Eric Hanson, our instructor, gave us a full day workshop on capturing spherical panoramas for VR, photogrammetry and light painting.
The environment in my piece was captured during the trip, using one of Eric’s infrared lens and a Canon 5D. After the stitching process, all post-production was done in Maya, using a latlong camera from Domemaster3D. With the panorama projected into a sphere, I brought in graphics from After Effects and Illustrator, and rendered everything in Maya itself. Because of time constraints, we obviously had to keep render times short and sweet, and hence why this is more of an experimental piece.
Worth noting this was my first time using Maya. And first time making any kind of immersive media.