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Magic and Storytelling

credits Marco Tempest, onformative, checksum5 et al.

the making of


Created and produced by Marco Tempest
in cooperation with onformative and checksum5

Special thanks to David Britland for his amazing script, Michael Ricar for the music and sound design. Tebjan Halm for additional vvvv programming. Enrico Viola for the relentless OF sandboxing and prototyping.
Jason Saragih for sharing his FaceTracker library. Tobias Beckwith for the voice cameos, Sherry and Matt for being amazed and to Steve Cohen for bringing Jean Robert-Houdin to life one last time.

For more information and images please refer to the splendid documentation on onformative.com
For more of marco's magic visit him on marcotempest.com
joreg, Friday, Mar 30th 2012 Digg | Tweet | Delicious 12 comments  
elliotwoods 30/03/2012 - 18:37

great! we've got Jason Saragih's FaceTracker in VVVV now then?
or you were using FaceOSC instead?

Been looking to implement that in OpenCV nodes

joreg 30/03/2012 - 18:50

it is an oldschool freeframe, but permission by jason to include it with vvvv is still pending.

antokhio 30/03/2012 - 20:31

that's best blog spot ever!

microdee 30/03/2012 - 22:16

when did TED become Las Vegas?:D

sebl 30/03/2012 - 22:59


DiMiX 31/03/2012 - 01:46

does he keep (perfect) fix timing, or do you follow him cue by cue?

dannielmach 31/03/2012 - 03:20

best blog spot...!!!

joreg 31/03/2012 - 14:53

@DiMiX: there is no operator. basically the soundtrack dictates. so even where there is tracking involved marco has to work very precisely not to loose track.

fleg 31/03/2012 - 16:04

wow. you guys rock (but i expected that).

it would be interesting to see this system used in a performance addressing the issue of focus (the relationship beween the two "stages", why the audience should concentrate on the screen and why they won´t). there´s a very interesting dynamic there, especially with him being an illusionist who is skilled in directing the audiences´focus to make magic tricks work. (but that would be a 60 minute talk, not a six i guess ;)
watching the performance as a video (=through the eyes of the TED-cameramen) adds another twist.

DiMiX 02/04/2012 - 01:22

@joreg: ya i see -"choreography" is quite tight framed (time and placement-wise), he probably was rehearsing a lot
P.S. would be good to have particles-workshop in node11

pdubost 12/04/2012 - 21:07

Congrats ! The combination of all those different effects is awesome !
I know vvvv has been challenged a lot for its problems to manage a show timeline base.. Nice to see that Ingolfs timeline manager can be pushed so far :) Very inspiring !

colorsound 07/05/2012 - 14:53

great guys very glad to see this kind of projects

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