Tuesday, May 26, 2009

iCinema Demonstation

The final guest lecture is actually an excursion to the iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research, this will be a lot of fun, and you will get to see some cutting edge technology in a range of fields all relating to Digital Interactivity. We will meet at 12:55pm at the bottom of the Scientia Building steps, and we will all go in together at 1:05pm. DON'T BE LATE!

Here is an excerpt from the website http://www.icinema.unsw.edu.au/index.html:

“The iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research, established in 2002, is a joint venture of the College of Fine Arts, Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales. It brings together researchers and postgraduate students in new media, aesthetics, cinematic theory, multimedia design, computer science, cognitive science, software/hardware engineering and mining virtual reality.
The iCinema research program focuses on research into digital interactivity for benchmark applications across the arts, culture and industry. In particular, it is focused on the way the digital can be used to imagine new ways of living in the contemporary world, redefining how we seek recreation and learning, and the way we work and do business.”

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Play Custom Map in Crysis Game Environment

Here is a link to information on play a custom map with the Crysis Game:


AlichiaPackaging, skinning, etc.
CameronAdvanced AI
KennethCustom Animations (Character + Vehicles)
SwatiOn Screen Overlays (Text, information, etc.)
WiradaWeather Controls
JackeyCutscenes, Staged Walkthroughs, etc.
WilsonCustom HUD
SutheaTraffic Control
JaneAdvanced Sound
MelissaAdvanced Doors and Windows
KarlMultiplayer Options
PhillipHigh Quality Video and Image Export
StephenCustom Mini Map
EvaCustom Lighting Interactivity
AllanAdvanced Water
Pui PuiAdvanced Textures
MichaelVideo (Materials, Web, etc.)
JoanneCustom Characters (change Default, etc.)
WingAdvanced Elevators (Movers, Escalators, etc.)
TeresaAdvanced Player Movement (Teleportation, flying, etc.)
JaeCustom Vegetation
MonicaInteractivity with In-game Objects

Monday, May 18, 2009

Andrew Wallace guest spot

Our next guest spot is to be presented by Andrew Wallace a recent FBE graduate working for LCA (Lara Caldera Architects). He has used several real-time engines in the support of projects and competitions with them including this model for their Greentech 'Eco House of the Future' competition:

[LCA eco-house concept in the Crysis engine via the LCA site]

This video shows off another environment and design:

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Shilo McClean Guest Spot

Our next guest (week 9) will be Shilo McClean

Shilo McClean is the author of the books: Digital Storytelling: the narrative power of visual effects in film (MIT Press, 2007) and So What’s This All About Then: a non-user’s guide for digital effects in film (AFTRS, 1998). She is the producer/director of the digital visual effects videos: How Long is a Piece of String and Adding Strings to your Bow.

She will bring her immensely connected perspective to the collaborative creation of digital film works.

Shilo MClean's Blog
Digital Storytelling on Amazon

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Think and Act Glocally – global collaborations for sustainable future.

We have Dr Deo Prasad presenting the guest spot for this week titled: Think and act Glocally – global collaborations for sustainable future. (Glocal is a term being used as a mix of global and local)

Deo will doubtless be covering the trials and tribulations of working with countries and their governments on collaborations at a global scale. His area of expertise is building and environmental sustainability and now their relationship with climate change. He has been working with international organisations on reforms aimed at tackling our global sustainability problems, so there will be plenty of insight into how collaborations work (or dont).

[Image from the UNEP site of the Maldives, pledging to be the first carbon neutral nation]

Reference Sites for the United Nations Environment Program:

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Nice examples of Crysis in Architectural Practice

This is a video that shows some really nice examples of some architectural projects in Crysis. There is a lot of French speaking people at the throughout, though near the end they start speaking some English. Regardless of the language, these are the types of visuals you are all aiming for in your Fabrications.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Assembling Imported Geometry in Pieces

Hello everyone,

One problem that many of you will be facing is re-assembling your buildings in Crysis, brought in from Max (or similar) in lots of pieces because of too much geometry in the overall form. It seems the most important aspect of this process is to export all of your Max pieces with a common pivot point. Here is a video that Russell passed on to me about this issue (the video here is just a 5 minute preview, to see the whole video, go to the CryMod thread provided below):

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It is from a thread on CryMad at:

Here's another interesting video that Russell sent me showing some limited interactivity in a semi-interactive sceen:

This is again from CryMod, and while not exactly a tutorial, at least a suggestion to how this could be done yourselves can be found at:

Collaboration Topics - Round 3

Here are the third set of topics for each team to research over the next week. As individuals you will need to find a source for each topic assigned to your group, giving your team a total of 8 resources, 4 for each topic. You will need to individually sumarise in a post to your individual blogs your source, including any images and diagrams that may help to articulate the ideas in the chosen source. You will also need to add to the Collaborative Wiki on your topics, collaborating as a team to increase the repository of knowledge available.

Team A - Atlar



Team 1 - Omega



Team B - Urbans



Team 2 - E-Volve



Team C - Orange



Team 3 - Digilism