WaterFire’s Starry Starry Night installation will have music playing again after Tim and I rig this new audio system we tested! As you can see, we were pretty pleased to have the system work on the first try. Usually we spend several hours troubleshooting every new setup we have to install, but this one really set up and ran like a dream!
If you have been following my blog, you may remember that I have been working on a twitter script. It is a small document, it fits on a single page, but has taken many, many hours to complete. Today I finally sent it to the head of social media and I hope to see it go out over the tweet-o-sphere in just a couple of weeks. With it out of the way, I can get back to logging footage and editing together videos without it hanging over my head. It feels great!
Last Friday was one of the most exciting days for me here at WaterFire so far! I’ve mentioned the augmented reality app that will be available for Lovecraft fans who attend the WaterFire at the end of August. Well, we did all of the filming we needed for the app in a sound stage studio! Below are the photographs that best describe our day of filming, but its hard to get across the 105 degree heat index we experienced.
Not only was I in charge of the sound, but I also am now doing all of the post production! It’s one of the most important digital aspects of the event, or at least the most experimental and so a big responsibility, but the chance to be so deeply involved in a cutting edge project is worth it completely.
And above is what I call “the Firestation,” WaterFire’s new headquarters and community development center. The official announcement will be happening at a press conference on Monday, and later today I will be helping to set up for it. But the name of this building hasn’t been finalized yet! HQ, the Hub, the Campus, and many other names have been bandied about to christen the new building. But I am in the midst of a personal quest to have the building become known as “the Firestation.” We will just have to wait and see on Monday what the official name will be, but if you should drop by be sure to call it the Firestation!
Check out this little bugger from WaterFire! Look real hard around a lighting and you will find bits of these helpful Zip Bugs nearly everywhere!
Yesterday’s merchandise photo-shoot went really well! Tim L. taught me the importance of proper lighting techniques, including what happens when you let the subject go “flat.” The way he tells it, you’re SURE it’s not a good thing.
If you are into virtual reality, recent meetings have brought a fascinating group of people on the cutting edge of augmented reality systems to WaterFire. Stay posted to this blog to see examples of this engaging tech that will change the way we see the world, literally. The old-ones never looked so good! (Ten points if you get this)
Nursing Placement has donated their Community Outreach Vehicle to operate as a First Aid Station at future WaterFire event. I put together this video which documents the vehicle as WaterFire staff investigates it for signage and electric hookups. Try and find this new fixture at our upcoming WaterFire events!
It has been awhile since I have posted anything here! In that spirit, here is a video of some of the work I have been doing the past three days. It shows the Photoshopping required to animate still photographs we use to thank our sponsors.
Are you still curious about what is going to happen with the Lovecraft festival? So am I! There just hasn’t been enough time to work on the script, and and August approaches I become more and more worried that I might drop the hot potato I threw into my own hands. We will have to see if I can reach my goal of having the script completed before the week is out.
Do you have a Lovecraft related idea for our festival? Do you know of an artist who draws creepy things, or do you? Would you like to participate in this project?
shoot me an email if so!
I love this thing. Never before has anyone been able to manipulate our records of history so quickly and effectively. But what to do about the astigmatisms? And where can I find a man who draws giant unthinkable squid gods?
I’m sorry it has been so long. A regular posting schedule on Tuesdays will commence today as I have finally worked out the Clark VPN.
In my first week at Waterfire I have been logging footage, photoshoping images, and mastering recordings for the events.
Today I got a new breifing: tape some behind the scenes footage of the WaterFire event set up for videos. I also need to collect some testimonial from guests on how they are enjoying the show. My previous job of watching over the audio equipment will be taken over my an able volunteer named Bill, who has been working the station pro-bono for almost 16 years!
Perhaps the most amorpheous task on my plate regards the reation of a live twitter feed for an upcoming Lovecraft convention. We are trying to tie them into our event, and I have volunteered to create a twitter broadcast which will follow the form of this one here
By the way, this even is coming up on the eighth, and I encourage all of you to come!
More on Lovecraft Tweets later. I’m still trying to wrap my head around “At the Mountains of Madness,” the source for this project and absolutely mind blowing!
Wait to you see what all of this make-believe is for!