Imagining The Future Of Visual Storytelling: We Hosted A New Cinema Hackathon At Eyebeam

Imagining The Future Of Visual Storytelling: We Hosted A New Cinema Hackathon At Eyebeam

(Above, hackathon participant James George demonstrates how he controls a 3D model's dance moves using his facial expressions. Photo credit @ekeneijeoma)

The relationship between filmmaking and technological progress is one that's been deeply intertwined since the beginning of cinema as we know it, so it's only fitting that our present era of accelerated technological development should lead to some mind-blowing new forms of cinematic expression. The Creators Project teamed up with art and technology center Eyebeam and world-renown visual effects company Framestore, to bring together hand-picked teams of filmmakers, creative coders, animators, designers, and sound designers to imagine what new tools, techniques, and forms of storytelling might emerge from this creative collision.

The New Cinema hackathon began as conversations and email exchanges between teams, which were assembled by Eyebeam and The Creators Project. The goal was to give teams time to come up with a narrative concept for their projects, as well as an opportunity to think about how they might achieve it, and what kind of tools and resources they might need towards that end. Preparation for the hackathon included a motion capture session with a Michael Jackson impersonator in Framestore’s London office, researching eye scanning and the analysis of irises, and several dives into Framestore’s vast archives of 3D models, animations, and footage.

The five teams that came together this weekend were tasked with only one objective: to imagine and prototype new and unusual forms of visual storytelling. Their approaches were varied both in content and in tone, but the projects were united by their fearless experimentation and enthusiasm for the ideas being explored.

We’ll be unveiling the projects in the coming weeks on this site, as well as on The Creators Project and Eyebeam websites. A public presentation of the completed projects will be exhibited at Eyebeam from January 29th-February 3rd.

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