DSN 6400 (Graduate Design Studio):
We are finally getting around to wrapping up our 5-week project for our studio class. The experiments for this week that I focused on were the body avatar rig and then also the audio paint testing. For the body avatar rig, I had one of my group members, Tesha, t-pose for me and stand for a while as I 'traced' her body dimensions. This included a lot of trial and error with line weight. In order to have a solidified mesh, I used thicker lines, but in order to differentiate ligaments from each other, I played with thinner lines.
I also found that when doing this tracing - it almost looks as if the person is about 0.5x as big. When tracing her calf, I knew that it wasn't as big as it was appearing within the program. So although this could be helpful, the proportions might not be as accurate as originally thought. From here, I used my own script to rig the avatar in Maya 2018, and then apply some motion capture data from Mixamo to see if it works. The skin weights need work, but for testing purposes it is fine. I then took it into Unity so that I could hand it off to Joe to put in our VR simulation.
FILM 7000 (Graduate Studies in Film History):
Each week, there needs to be at least one presenter in class to discuss the readings/screenings. This week is my week! So below are the films that we needed to watch along with some of the readings completed. READINGS:
Cynthia Felando - "Hollywood in the 1920s: Youth Must Be Served"
Melvyn Stokes - "Female Audiences of the 1920s and Early 1930s"
SCREENINGS: The Freshman (1925)
Also below is a link to the presentation I will provide this Thursday (9/20) for our class to discuss. It is important to frame it "to articulate a relationship between the assigned films and the film-historical issues surrounding them." Film 7000 - Week 5 Presentation
ENG 6778.01 (Introduction to Graduate Study in Film and Film Theory): Each week, there needs to be at least one presenter in class to discuss the readings/screenings. This week is ALSO my week! So below are the films that we needed to watch along with some of the readings completed. READINGS: Braudy - “Genre” FTC 477-94
Altman - from Film/Genre FTC 495-514
Schrader - “Notes on Film Noir” FTC 515-25
Schatz - “The Whole Equation of the Pictures,” FTC 458-62
Christensen - “America’s Corporate Art” FTC 463-72
Bordwell - “Classical Hollywood Cinema” [C]
Manon - “Some like It Cold: Fetishism in Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity” [C]
Also below is a link to the presentation I will provide this Wednesday (9/19) for our class to discuss. ENG 6778.01 - Week 5 Presentation
ART EDUC 7725 (Re-Imagining Research Writing):
READINGS: Wolcott - Writing Up Qualitative Research - Ch. 3
Doty - The Art of Description - pg. 13-31
Diversi - Glimpses of Street Life
Lincoln - Audiencing Research: Textual Experimentation and Targeting for Whose Reality?
Lamott - Writing Shitty Drafts
Stewart - Pockets
King - The Truth About Stories
GRA (Graduate Research Assistant):
This past week has consisted of many changes for the rig on the medical project. I think for a final solution though, we are sticking with a joint-based rig, and need to focus with painted skin weights, and adding phoneme motions. Below is a suggestive template to reference on the Byrne rig. This week I will continually be updating the weights on the mesh, and preparing for further characters next week.