3DVE Projects + Extra Credit

All projects are due BEFORE class begins.

Project 1, Due February 18

  • A Simple Image. Email me a link (not an attachment) to your image. Your image should be in a common format like PNG, TIFF, or JPG and be at least 500×500 pixels. Please answer the following questions in your email:
    1. What is the image?
    2. How did you build it?
    3. What skills did you aim to develop?
    4. What did you learn in the process of making the image?
    5. Did you use external assets, e.g. models, data, etc? If so, name your sources.
    6. Did any particular works or projects inspire you in preparing this image?
    7. EXTRA CREDIT: Reference Audre Lorde’s work in your image and discuss how you did so.

Project 2, Due March 4

  • 30-second movie.
    • Email me a link (not an attachment) to your movie file. The link can be WeTransfer, Google Drive, Discord, YouTube, Vimeo, or any other service you use, just make sure I have access permission.
    • My preferred format is MP4, but other common formats like MOV and AVI are fine. The movie should be at least 480×270 pixels and at least 24 FPS.
    • Please answer the following questions in your email:
      1. What is the movie?
      2. How did you build it?
      3. What skills did you aim to develop?
      4. What did you learn in the process of making the movie?
      5. Did you use external assets, e.g. models, data, etc? If so, name your sources.
      6. Did any particular works inspire you in preparing this movie?
      7. If you had more time to refine the movie, what would be your next steps?
      8. EXTRA CREDIT: Reference Audre Lorde’s work in your movie and discuss how you did so.

Project 3, Due March 18

  • 1-minute data movie.
    • Email me a link (not an attachment) to your movie file. Make sure I have access permission.
    • My preferred format is MP4, but other common formats like MOV and AVI are fine. The movie should be at least 480×270 pixels and at least 24 FPS, with a maximum file size of 100 MB. I also recommend adding sound, but this is not required.
    • Your movie must use data that is on the class Data Sources page or specifically approved through an email to Prof.
    • Note that you can use any of the data-oriented example files Prof prepared for class (constellations, elevations) to start this project.
    • When we critique your movie, we will consider its MOOD, particularly its pacing, movement, form and color. An implied narrative might also be important to consider, but this is not required.
    • Please answer the following questions in your email:
      1. What’s this movie about?
      2. What data did you use to make this movie, and how did you use the data?
      3. What were the biggest challenges in making the movie?
      4. Did you use any software besides Maya or Blender?
      5. What did you learn in the process of making the movie?
      6. Did you use additional assets, etc? If so, name your sources.
      7. If you had more time to refine the movie, what would be your next steps?
      8. EXTRA CREDIT: Reference Audre Lorde’s work in your movie and discuss how you did so.

Project 4, Due April 22

  • Unity Environment: More to come soon.

Project 5, Due May 20

  • A project that shows off your interests and skills: More to come soon.

Extra Credit: Can be submitted at any point in the semester.

  • Audre Lorde reading: “The Master’s Tools will Never Dismantle the Master’s House,” “Notes from a Trip to Russia,” and/or all of Sister Outsider. You can also read some of her Poetry. We can continue to discuss in class and/or you can reference this work in your upcoming projects.
  • Constellation Stuff:
    • Download and explore the Digital Universe data, and send Prof 3+ paragraphs about it.
    • Submit your Ursa Minor (or other constellation) image or animation for extra credit. The star positions must appear as we see it on Earth.
    • Try running a different Constellation MEL file in Maya and render a quick animation like with the Ursa Minor animation. The star positions must appear as we see it on Earth.
    • Don’t see the constellation you want? Try generating it using one of these Perl scripts and send me the file for EC. If you don’t like Perl, try converting the script to Python and send me the script for EC.
  • Coronavirus Stuff:
    • Watch Prof D’s Youtube playlist on Coronavirus vaccines and sending Prof 3+ paragraphs about what you learned.
    • Try downloading the Coronavirus Spike Protein (see the extra credit below to learn more about these proteins), then try using MeshLab to convert it into a model that Maya can read. If you want to learn even more about protein and DNA in 3D, check out new resources on the Data Sources page.
    • Challenge: can you import a molecule into Maya with its color? If so, send a screenshot to Prof for EC!
  • City Visualizations: Install QGIS. This is a very useful app for preparing geographic files. Try downloading the shapefiles for NYC building footprints and opening them in QGIS. If you prepare this file in black-and-white, you can them use them as a surface relief texture.
  • Games and Misc:
    • Play Temple Hunters and email me 3+ paragraphs about its 3D virtual environment.
    • Submit to this $10k opportunity for Smithsonian Open Access proposals. You can share your proposal with me for extra credit.
    • Try out the 3D Map Generator (costs $21) and send me a 3+ paragraph write-up.
    • Play with the sample of Unreal Engine’s MetaHuman Creator and email me 3+ paragraphs with your thoughts on the software’s pros and cons.