Monday, December 21, 2009

Redmond Digital Arts Festival: High Tech Meets High Touch

Redmond Digital ArtsThe Redmond Arts Commission welcomes you to the 2nd Digital Arts Festival, beginning with special events in December 2009 and featuring workshops and presentations on January 15 and 16, 2010. Here are some of the free featured events:

Motion Capture Open Studio 
January 16th 10:00am-3:00pm  (free) 
Ever dream of being like those Hollywood actors that get their movement captured onto a CG character? Well, now’s your chance! Come to Digital Double motion capture studio and experience this first hand as you jump, kick, or dance as a cute bear, sumo warrior, or even a character of your choice.

Here's a Digital Double video that shows the process of motion capture:

Digital Double motion capture studio is located at 15814 Bear Creek Parkway.

Spontaneous Fantasia 
January 16th 7:00pm  (free) 
J-Walt performs a solo show of his own images and music, drawing virtual landscapes and geometric abstractions with software and computer interfaces he designed. The audience watches as J-Walt draws with a pen tablet and animates creatures and environments. Always pushing the envelope, J-Walt has made his show even more high-tech, immersing audiences into state-of-the-art digital fulldome and 3D stereo. The pieces are highly improvisational — each performance is unique.

Redmond Digital Arts: J-Walt's Spontaneous Fantasia The performance is at Redmond City Hall, 15670 NE 85th St.

Animation Through the Ages 
January 15th 7:00pm  (free) 
From feature films such as Pixar's "Up" to television shows such as Comedy Central's "South Park", the use of animation continues to grow and evolve. Digital technology now plays a significant part in how such labor intensive productions are created yet there are many core elements that stand the test of time. As part of Redmond's Digital Arts Festival event, DigiPen Institute of Technology will be hosting a panel discussion with animation industry experts on how the industry has evolved and what audiences can expect to see in the near future. Come join the discussion and learn more about this fascinating field!

Redmond Digital Arts: Animation Through the Ages

The event is at Redmond City Hall, 15670 NE 85th St.

For info on all of the events, see Redmond Digital Arts Festival.

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