The making of Place-Hampi
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The fieldwork for this project was done over a period of 15 days, made during two visits to Hampi between February and April 2006. The post-production and application development took 6 months.

A key feature of this work is its revolutionary use of stereoscopic 3D panoramic photography. A custom-built pair of film cameras shoot two panoramas simultaneously, one for the left eye panorama and the other for the right, and turn 360 degrees while recording. Over 100 panoramic pairs were shot, and eighteen selected for the final work. In post-production these images were digitized so that they could be composited and integrated into the real time application.

Photograph of the panorama camera.
Setting up the panorama camera.

Audio Recording and Compositions:
To match the immersive three-dimensionality of its images, this work uses a unique type of audio recording technique called Ambisonics to capture the full sonic impression of being at Hampi. Using specially designed microphones, these 360 degree ‘sound field’ recordings were made at each location whenever a 3D panoramic image was taken.

People at Hampi.
Monkeys with the equipment.

Animation and motion capture:
An innovatory feature of this work is the integration of 3D stereoscopic computer animation within the 3D stereoscopic photographic scenery shot in Hampi. These animations of Hindu deities were created by the Indian artists at the Paprikaas Animation Studio in Bangalore. In the case of Shiva, he was first ‘motion captured’ by digitally recording the movements of a foremost Indian classical dancer from Australia.

Motion capturing Indian classical dancer.
Image from resulting animation.

Ganesha movie.
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