making something a little different...

wandering journalist wrote on 9/22/2011, 12:40 PM
so... working on a project for a discovery centre/museum. Client wants a point of view video from the nose of a battaeux (sp). Two things I'm wondering about, the shooting of and the display of. First, wondering if I a single camera with a wide angle lens will do or if I mount some go-pro cams etc.? Second the display, he wants it to wrap around a mock up of said boat so people will sit inside the boat and be able to watch the video (on a loop). Wondering if I can use a projector on a curved wall made of drywall or if I should look into some sort of screen? Thoughts? Ideas? Brainstorming would be appreciated! Thanks!



Dan Sherman wrote on 9/22/2011, 1:07 PM
Maybe a search of museum display folks that likely do this sort of thing all the time.
PixelStuff wrote on 9/22/2011, 11:02 PM
Seems to me there are a lot of things that are going to affect the way you pull this off. What kind of budget to start with? How many degrees around the boat does the screen need to wrap? 120, 180, 270, 360? Are we filling up peripheral vision up, down, sides or just a minimal view?

As the post above mine suggested there are museums and especially theme parks that do this kind of stuff all the time. My dad used to build sets for Disney World in Florida, 30 years ago, so I have a cursory idea of how things work. However I'm sure it has changed in recent years.

You'll probably want to go the route of multiple cameras to get enough resolution and then multiple projectors, a video scaler designed for blending and dewarping the images, and a video server to send multiple feeds back out on cue with your lighting and script.

I could probably be more specific with a little more time, however someone who builds rides or exhibits for theme parks would probably already know the quirks and pitfalls you might run into plus have an idea of the budget you need or if it can be done on a shoestring budget (if that's what you are dealing with).

AlanC wrote on 9/23/2011, 10:36 AM
Have a look at the 'Immersive' CCTV cameras that are coming on stream.
wandering journalist wrote on 9/23/2011, 1:06 PM
thanks for the first impressions... shoestring budget is order of the day for sure... this is just one element I have to pull off for the client with a total content budget that is shrinking it seems... gulp. On the up side, no script, just visuals and sound. i was thinking 120, perhaps 180 at most for the viewing angle...