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@Endquote at the MOHAI Launchpad

MOHAI Launchpad

MOHAI Launchpad from Stimulant on Vimeo.

Stimulant was asked by the Museum of History and Innovation to build an interactive piece for the new Bezos Center of Innovation. Using depth sensing cameras we were able to track visitors’ body movements and display them back as a reactive particle system. A menu system animates once the visitor gets close enough to the mirrored display.  Through a series of short interactions, we encourage kids and adults alike to put on their thinking caps and release their inner innovator.

Client: Museum of History and Industry
Agency: Stimulant

Stimulant credit list:
Design Director: Nathan Moody
Art Director: Jules Konig
Director of Project Management: Kristi Torgrimson
Technical Director: Josh Santangelo
Developers: Ritesh Lala, James Hurlbut, & Josh Wagoner
Design, Video Production, & Post Production: Gregory Kaufman

 

MOHAI video player
MOHAI Launchpad
MOHAI Launchpad

banff, canada

Going North for the winter

I had the opportunity to travel to Banff, Canada late last year.  All the footage is taken with a Canon 60D. I opted getting a standard kit lens (18-55mm) and a 50mm prime. As expected, the kit lens operates okay for starters, but the quality of the prime is significant. It’s light, sharp, and with a 1.8 aperture it’s very fast. However, as seen in the footage above, the distance of this lens makes it extremely difficult to maintain a steady shot when handheld. My recommendation for this lens is to use a tripod. If you still want to shoot without one, tighten the camera strap as tight as you can, pull the camera away from your body, and tuck your elbows into your stomach. Another note when getting a new camera, most camera picture settings automatically increase the sharpness and saturation. I made the mistake of shooting an entire day of video with these settings up too high. To make sure you have the most post editing flexibility, turn these settings down before you begin.

All shots are handheld without the aid of any camera rig
Camera: Canon 60D
Lenses: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS & 50mm f/1.8 II
Post: Premiere & After Effects
Audio: Burial, Four Tet, & Thom Yorke – Ego (33rpm)
Typeface: Fella by Kelly Farmer

banff, canada

In town

banff, canada

banff, canada

banff, canada, Mt. Norquay

Mt. Norquay

banff, canada

banff, canada

banff, canada

banff, canada

banff, canada

banff, canada

Shooting on Mamiya RB67 with polaroid back

banff, canada

banff, canada

banff, canada

banff, canada

banff, canada

banff, canada

Lake Louise

banff, canada

Seattle: Part II

Seattle: Part II documents my time at the well known Decibel Festival. I had the opportunity to shoot extra footage while documenting Stimulant’s audio-reactive signage for Decibel. I was able to see some amazing djs that range from Derrick Carter, Nicolas Jaar, Kode 9, to the Martinez Brothers. I highly recommend attending this music festival.

Lets take a minute to talk about the equipment I used. This is the second time using this body (Canon 7D), and it is quite solid. The Z-finder is optical viewfinder for focusing in shallow depth of field (and boy, does this tool help). Z-finders also act great third point of contact (with your elbows tucked into your body, legs apart, knees slightly bent) when shooting handheld. The real treat was testing out the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM II lens. Because of its range and the incredible sharpness it maintains, this lens could be the only lens you own. With an aperture of 2.8, this is great for shooting in dark situations. The major drawback of this lens, the whopping price. It’s hard to justify paying this amount for any lens, but if you’re going to shoot professionally, this lens is not to be overlooked.

All footage is handheld and some with the aid of a Z-finder.
Camera: Canon 7D
Lenses: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM II and Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Editing & Color: Adobe Premiere CS6 / After Effects CS6
Audio: Breach & Midland- 101

Notable visuals by:
Joel Pryde
Mary Franck
Tarik Barri

Special thanks to:
Kate Lesta
Vance Galloway
Kristyn Brown
Josh Santangelo (@endquote)
Nathan Moody (@atomick)
Decibel Festival (@dBFestival)

Some examples of the range of music at Decibel:

Derrick Carter:

Nicolas Jaar’s Essential One Mix:

Kode 9:

The Martinez Brothers Essential Mix:

Seattle: Part I

While documenting Stimulant’s digital signage for the Decibel Festival in Seattle, I took some extra video for fun. These handheld video tests were captured without the aid of any camera rig. The beginning of the video is taken at MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry), which showcases a stunning amount of Seattle history. Part II will will explore Seattle nightlife.

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon 18-55mm
Editing: Adobe Premiere CS6 / After Effects CS6
Audio: Blockhead – A Better Place

Seattle Space Needle

Seattle Space Needle

seattle ocean from a boat
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whale watching people

whale watching people

Visual art by Joel Pryde

Visual art by Joel Pryde

Seattle downtown

Seattle downtown

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Seattle orca