Must get some more cooking oil…

Posted in Uncategorized on 28/03/2014 by raptorattack

Cooking Oil

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An Old Diesel Pump

Posted in Uncategorized on 15/02/2014 by raptorattack

Diesel Pump Maesbury

Church Street 1

Posted in Uncategorized on 15/02/2014 by raptorattack

Church Street 1

A passage

Well, time to kick off again…

Posted in Uncategorized on 14/02/2014 by raptorattack

I thought I’d just as well stick up some photos from the ever-increasing stock of piccies I can’t seem to stop taking…

Back YardThis is quite an oldie and I’m not going to explain them so I won’t. It’s in our back yard, that’s it. There will be more…

Hello REALWORLD!!…

Posted in Uncategorized on 23/08/2010 by raptorattack

Finished Uni, got a 2:2 (BA Hons!!) and now back in the real world. Got a great job working at a care home just outside Shrewsbury with learning difficulties guys and gals. Its ace. A burst of creativity came over me t’other day and I decided to build a piece of garden furniture. It involves a 1974 78cc chainbrake-less chainsaw and a 3’x10″x10″ slab of oak, some carving chisels and a naughty idea… watch this space…

isn’t THAT a beauty?…

its just aching to have something done with it…

Here, now it has finally had something done with it and has also got a friend in the shape of another piece. Itys a fine alternative to the old Garden Gnome and far less likely to get stolen as the perpetrator would probably give themselves a hernia trying to lift them!!

It’s A Fucking Chainsaw Thing…

and

Hear This You Fuckers And Despair

I Am What Happens When You Don’t Care

There’s just something about them, no?…

The Run-In gathers apace!…

Posted in PDP of ME, Uncategorized on 22/03/2010 by raptorattack

Plenty of stuff afoot for the finals. Thinking some sort of interactive projection mapping booth, sound and/or movement activated… More soon…

Across Britain there are many sites /buildings that are of importance to us from a heritage point of view. These places obviously require maintenance and support, often of a very specialist nature. Building renovation and maintenance, for example. It is surprising just how many people in the country visit places such as these. More so, it appears, than visit sporting events…THIS survey from 2008 produces some interesting facts… My plan is to produce a piece of projection mapping or similar to encourage public donation to, say, English Heritage or The National Trust. English Heritage are a Government-led body with the advantages of charity status who’s sole job is to protect the best of our national heritage (with a huge amount involving architecture). I feel, for the purposes of this subject though, that The National Trust would be my first choice as they are an independent of Government body who’s role is very much akin to English Heritage but who rely TOTALLY on membership and donation AND are subject to their members with regards to matters of policy and the like. That doesn’t mean that the principle of this brief couldn’t be applied to ANY organization at any later date though…

Initially, the idea is to produce a piece to encourage members of the public to join OR donate to the organization (at the same time, making people who are ignorant of them aware of their existence and the role they perform). The classic environment would be at gatherings in public spaces, such as Town fairs or festivals. Ludlow Festival, for example (and its Food Festival) both attract huge amounts of people on a yearly basis to a relatively small part of the world. Ludlow Castle isn’t a National Trust site but that doesn’t necessarily mean it couldn’t be used. There are many more besides…

The idea is to bring a public building (whichever it may be, civic, railway station etc) to life with sudden movement of lighting to draw passers by to it and deliver the message: This building is in danger, it is maintained by donations and subscriptions alone, please donate to…. This building has stood for 700 tears, don’t let it fall down, please donate to… etc. Alternatively (and thinking on a more practical level!), if it were at a public gala (Town Christmas fair, Food Fair) or a oft frequented place (Station forecourt?) it could be incorporated into a National Trust promotional information booth and involve a sort of giant lit-up fruit machine affair onto the fascia of the building. The ‘fruit machine’ would be operated by members of the public donating ,say, a pound to have a go on the GIANT fruit machine with the chance of winning membership to the Trust or a free entry into one of the Trust’s sites for two…

It would of course involve modelling the ‘canvas’ digitally and then projecting onto it the decided graphic to perform the ‘Fruit Machine’ actions…

Just a bit of messing with projection after obtaining a data projector for a snippet at £100 from good old eBay


Having tossed the details around in a colander, it has become a little impractical to pursue the fireplace testing any further due to the lighting restrictions if nothing else! The fact that its in our front room doesn’t help matters either. Tack has definitely been changed and a decision to create a model of a building and projecting onto it in a smaller scale seems the fave to me! It is also a practical way of pitching it as a viable method of delivering the message. An attempt was made to model the front of our house in the context of its terrace (god knows its falling down for lack of donations!) was embarked upon but its lack of any really striking features eventually ruled it out of the running…

The task remained to find a suitable subject and then, by chance, a mate of mine sent me a picture of a local Oswestry stately house called Brogyntyn Hall… Bingo! Its privately owned but is in a fairly generic style of architecture typical of Station fascias particularly and so will adequately serve as a model for the 3d version. It will be known as ‘Stott Hall’…

All I have to do now is build it, photograph it and get her modelled!! The plan is to project it onto a model from the data projector and then have the ‘mapping’ movie activated either by noise, movement or pressure pad. Right, now to make it. White card, Uhu glue and a wing and a prayer is the order…

I give you Cardboard Stott Hall…

now to model it up in Blender for which I employed the help of a friend who has guided me in the right direction with what is a free but vastly complicated piece of 3d modelling software!…. we end up with this…

This is the model built with measurements from the cardboard model and put together in Sketchup (another free modelling program). It is a three dimensional model and can be rotated through 360 degrees in any direction. This is then exported to Blender and some lighting and movement sequences rendered onto it for the final movie projection tester…

It appears that lower ambient light is needed to enhance the shadows etc… An enclosed booth made from black mounting card seems to work which suggests (predictably) that an evening environment would be the ideal time for the project to operate. The same sort of time in the winter months when commuters are generally arriving home on the train from work…

Now to get on with ‘the message’!!

D and AD Brief support

Posted in Uncategorized on 10/03/2010 by raptorattack

Currently involved in video editing marathon for a D&AD brief in support of Kate and Jase. If I ever see another bit of video footage of the fair city of Chester in my life again, it will be three hours too soon!! More as it happens…

so here we go…


and

bearing in mind that these are meant to loop and so the manic nature is continued…