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Archive for January, 2013

Working with the artists over at Paperhand Puppet Intervention to create The Longest Night was a real treat. Once we were able to explain the possibilities of using their artwork in a digital realm they started to think and adjust their process for creating easily adaptable painted textures.

One asset in particular was a cabin in the woods that the “old woman” character lived in.

They approached the creation of the textures by building a small paper mock up and then unfolding it before painting the individual pieces.

 

This template was used to create the textures, and even worked as a great reference point for building the final 3D model.


After incorporating it in the scene, and lighting it we were able to create a great mood and feel using these excellent painted textures and a little Photoshop manipulation.

We finished our latest show “The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale” in November and it’s now been playing at Morehead for about 2 months. It’s getting a great response from the community. There’s so much demand, in fact, that we’ve had to create extra weekend and weekly showings so we won’t have to turn people away. We’re very happy about this response, of course.

The show even made the cover of the Independent Weekly. The article is here:
http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/paperhand-puppet-intervention-teams-up-with-morehead-planetarium/Content?oid=3201266

Here’s the description of “The Longest Night” straight from the Morehead website:

“The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale” is a one-of-a-kind fulldome planetarium show that captures its audience with a timeless fable of courage, generosity and renewal. Its story explores the concept that winter is a time for Earth to rest, waiting for new growth in the spring.

Its star, a young girl born into a family of nomadic storytellers, embarks on a simple quest that leads her to a dragon’s nest. What will she discover there, and how will it help her save her village?

Morehead collaborated with Paperhand Puppet Intervention to develop the story and visuals of “The Longest Night.” The Morehead production team seamlessly wove together live-action video of Paperhand’s world-class puppeteers with beautiful and intricate fulldome animation to create this innovative and imaginative show. Its cast and crew comprised dozens of puppeteers and production professionals, and The Paperhand Band created original music for the show.

For more info, here’s a short promotional video we created for the show: