A showcase of 3D models which are part of the Experience Design and Production Program in CalArts’ School of Theatre, will launch online this Friday, 15th May.
In March, coronavirus closed California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and students began working from home. In the class Architectural Projection and Video Objects, they employ projection mapping to create large scale video images and motion graphics tailored to the exterior architecture of the Institute. Without access to disguise, usually housed on the school’s computer network, students were unable to realise their designs and complete their projects.
“When I learned that we would be moving to online learning,” said teacher Peter Flaherty, “I reached out to disguise and asked if they could support us with licenses that our students could use at home. They immediately jumped in and mailed USB license keys to our students.”
“We were happy to support the program with the extra dongles that the students needed in order to continue learning the disguise platform while working from home. With the help of our US Sales and Support teams, dongles with Designer licenses were quickly mailed out, ensuring students could continue working on their final projects and complete them in time for their 15 May event.” Vickie Claiborne, Americas Training Manager at disguise
This year, the Expo launches on 15 May as an online event—and the students will present video fly-throughs that show fully rendered 3D models of their projects.
Using disguise, students can fully pre-visualise CalArts Main Building, including the architecture and the projected imagery as it would look on the building itself. For her project, student Kathleen Fox is creating a visually arresting meditation on isolation in the time of COVID using collaged imagery and text relating to the search for human connection. Looking ahead to the reopening of CalArts, students are planning to exhibit full-scale versions of their projects in the fall.