This is the third part of an ongoing series on volumetric filmmaking. If you missed the first two and are unfamiliar with volumetric, think of it as video mixed with 3D scanning. Since the inception of volumetric, the process involved many high-power computers, advanced knowledge, and endless storage. Recently, there has been a push to democratize volumetric creation by creating tools (software and hardware) that are accessible and user-friendly.
Intel is one of the companies creating these tools. Their website is home to a lot of educational resources that explain the science behind the technology they're developing. Below are links to two resources: the first is an article from Intel's website that gives a basic rundown of volumetrics and explains where the technology is today. The second is also from their website and breaks down the different options for capturing volumetric data.
LiDAR, MEMS, Stereo, tracking, coded light
Courtesy of Intel.com
Lil Miquela is a computer generated avatar with her own social media accounts, music career, and lifestyle. "She is an avatar puppeteered by Brud, a mysterious L.A.-based start-up of “engineers, storytellers, and dreamers” who claim to specialize in artificial intelligence and robotics." (Cut) This article reveals more about Lil Miquela and her life.
From the youtube description: "Artist Marina Abramovic was doing a live art performance that consisted of spending one minute of silence with a complete stranger. Many people showed up, but her response to one person in particular gave me the goosebumps, and you’ll soon see why."
Chelsea Cutler - "Sad Tonight"
New music video from the artist Chelsea Cutler's song "Sad Tonight". The video makes the most out of one location with great editing, colors, composition, and special effects.
From the description, "Vox's Phil Edwards spoke to one of the founders of @ Cafe, an internet cafe that launched just as the internet was coming into the public eye." Their cafe was at 12 St Marks Place in the East Village of Manhattan, now home to a yoga studio and Latin restaurant.
Dayroom EP1 - "Finger Popped"
"Finger Popped" is a short film by writer and actor Thalia Sablon starring Thalia Sablon and Bree Person. "Niki's day job is pulling hairs and rubbing her the wrong way. Wonder how long she'll last ¯\_(ツ)_/¯."
Quantum Supremacy is "the goal of demonstrating that a programmable quantum device can solve a problem that classical computers practically cannot." Basically, a quantum computer would take minutes to solve a problem that would take a classical computer years. In late 2019, google claimed to have built a computer that does this. Although it is still debated whether or not google has achieved "quantum supremacy," the impact the technology will have is serious.
5G is the next progression from a 4G network. While 4G is about 10x faster than 3G, 5G is up to 100x faster than 4G. While building a quantum computer is still in its research stage, 5G is a reality and is currently being rolled out across the country.
Moore's Law "refers to Moore's perception that the number of transistors on a microchip doubles every two years, though the cost of computers is halved. Moore's Law states that we can expect the speed and capability of our computers to increase every couple of years, and we will pay less for them. Another tenet of Moore's Law asserts that this growth is exponential" (investopedia). It is believed that Moore's law will hit it's physical limit sometime in the 2020's, but it is still a good concept to understand when thinking about the exponential growth of computing power.
Virgil Abloh and A$AP Rocky
"Off-white" founder Virgil Abloh gives an hour long lecture at Harvard's Graduate of Design. A$AP rocky sits down for a an hour long interview at Oxford University.