Boys On Hudson
Apr 19, 2018 · 2 min read

Chian and I chatted about different ideas to bring elements into a story. We were both inspired by a book called Einstein’s Dream, which is a fictional collage of stories about time, relativity and physics, so we decided to create a story based on the similar concept of the book. Here are a couple of ideas I feel worth pursuing.


Idea One — Multiple Intersecting Universes

While setting up a scene with a panorama image in three.js, we think we might as well create multiple layers to represent multiple universes within each other. The layers have different levels of transparency or cutout holes, so you will be able to see through these layers and observe what’s happening when they move. This reminds me of Takahiro Kurashima’s Poemotion, which is an interactive book using moire effect, an optical illusion, to make graphic patterns vibrating.

Poemotion by Takahiro Kurashima

Idea Two — One Universe at Different Times

Conversely, if the universe is sitting still and the moment of past, current and future can all be seen in one space, how can we represent it visually? Chian and I think about capturing the motion of sneezing, a fascinating and unstoppable process which involves with a lot of split-second events, and then lay out the motion frame by frame as a scene. Next, we want to 3D scan ourselves, and put the 3D model in the center. It’s like creating a star system which has planets revolving around a sun. We quickly built it in three.js, and here’s how it looked like: “http://sayhellotoalan.co/others/osc/elements/.

Open Source Cinema

“Motion pictures, perhaps our most convincing medium, is now undergoing such a transformation thanks to virtual reality technologies. Here we create a working proof of concept for a shared story space.”

Boys On Hudson

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A 2nd-year @ ITP, Tisch

Open Source Cinema

“Motion pictures, perhaps our most convincing medium, is now undergoing such a transformation thanks to virtual reality technologies. Here we create a working proof of concept for a shared story space.”

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