Next month, we're driving across the United States creating episodic light installations on found locations along the way.
As a way to share in this westward journey, for each of our 15 days on the road, we'll create a site-specific projection mapping installation, filmed & edited with the surrounding environment's 3D soundscape, and posted online within the same day they were produced.
Each projection along the way will reflect on our journey, carrying one part of an unfolding narrative which will reveal itself throughout trip.
The process of content creation will blend mediums between Craig's projection mapping techniques and Mike's illustrative talents.
Excerpt from The Creators Project feature:
“We think this is an important technical challenge because the visual story will be live, unfolding to backers along the way, inspired by our travels and experience traveling west,” Winslow says. “We also want to infuse into the narrative our thoughts around moving west, the feelings of leaving parents, family, and friends behind to pursue bigger opportunities, and all the excitement and pain that comes with such big life changes.”
At the end of the trip, the result of all 15 days will be edited together into a short film.
Locations include Portland (ME), New Hampshire, Buffalo, Chicago, Omaha, the Badlands of South Dakota, Yellowstone, a few locations in Montana, Washington, and our grand conclusion in Portland (OR).
We'll be sharing snippets of the journey on other social outlets, from instagram to the occasional periscope, but you'll need to be a backer to see all the good stuff.
The goal of the project is to rapidly create compelling works, augmenting nature with digital light, while reflecting on themes surrounding adventure, discovery, and friendship. Each day that follows will build on the previous, into an overarching, constantly unfolding narrative, our way to document our path of westward exploration so many before us have made.
Craig Winslow is an experience designer & 3D artist creating projects that explore and blend the physical & digital in meaningful ways. After optimizing his mobile projection setup, he's excited to take to the road in search of new canvases. He was born in & grew up around Portland, ME and is discovering how confusing it is to move to another Portland.
craigwinslow.com | @craigwinslow
Mike Ackerman is a concept designer & illustrator with an innate ability to draw bigger worlds within his creations. Throughout the trip he’ll be soaking in our surroundings and creating characters and narrative to inhabit our projections. Also he’s an eagle scout, so that doesn’t hurt to have around during adventures.
michaelackermanart.com | @mikeackermanart
15 TOUR DATES
DAY 1 — Portland, Maine Sponsored by Craig Sr. & Laurie Winslow
DAY 2 — Cornish, New Hampshire
DAY 3 — TBA, Vermont Sponsored by Champlain College & Local 64
DAY 4 — Buffalo, New York
DAY 5 — Chicago, Illinois
DAY 6 — TBA, Nebraska
DAY 7 — The Badlands, South Dakota
DAY 8 — TBA, Wyoming
DAY 9 — Yellowstone, Wyoming
DAY 10 — Great Falls, Montana
DAY 11 — TBA, Montana
DAY 12 — TBA, Montana
DAY 13 — TBA, Washington
DAY 14 — TBA
DAY 15 — Portland, Oregon
Are we headed through your town? Come hang out while we create!
Want to sponsor an individual day?
Check out the LOCATION SPONSORSHIP reward!
MADMAPPER 2.0, PRERELEASE!
We're excited to have the full support of MadMapper, who have given us their soon to be released v2.0 projection mapping software for the journey! The new version has some powerful new features, specifically 3D model imports, which has me super interested.
They also gave us 10 licenses to offer as rewards, so check those out if you'd like to get your hands on MadMapper 2.0 as well!
RECORDING AN IMMERSIVE 'SURROUND-SOUNDTRACK'
Along the way we'll record each location's audio with a Mitra 3D Mic Pro which, as described on their site, "simulates human hearing by capturing the psychoacoustics... When the recorded sound is played back through two closely spaced side by side speakers or headphones, the listener's brain processes the psychoacoustics information in the recorded sound and creates the realistic 3D sound perception."
MIRRORLESS TECH FOR LOW-LIGHT FILMING
We're using the Sony a7S which is mirrorless, full-frame sensor notably excels in low-light due to a "unique on-chip gapless lens design, which incorporates small lenses between neighboring pixels in order to increase light-gathering efficiency and promote greater image quality across the entirety of the sensor plane."
A NOTE ON STRETCH GOALS:
If we succeed our $6,000 goal, we have some exciting tiered stretch goals in our back pockets, from recording 360º video at each location, to producing a full downloadable VR experience, to throwing a killer launch party and inviting every backer along to an exhibition, rich with process, the journey, and the unfolded narrative complete with VR experiences for each location. But, we'll reach those bridges if & when we come to them!
-Craig & Mike
Risks and challenges
With any long drive we could come across some turbulence. Unexpected car trouble, traffic, significant weather, or other strange events out of our control could delay or alter our route.
That said, we've planned this whole project around the flexibility, with power backups in place, to ensure even if we get stuck in a different location, the show will go on.
This doesn't scare us, it actually makes us excited that this spontaneity may even contribute to influence an unexpected narrative to unfold.
Another important thing to note:
Our process of creating each episode doesn't rely on internet, but sharing them with the world certainly does. We anticipate finding access to internet every day, but if we can't find a location strong enough, we'll post videos as soon as it becomes available.
- (19 days)