DIVA 300 – Final Report

December 8, 2009

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Here are the details on the two internships this semester for my DIVA 300 class – the first being the Motion Capture Studio at Emily Carr University and the second being CODElab, a look into surveillance during the Olympics taking place here in Vancouver in 2010. Click final_report_john_deveaux for a PDF download.
– FlashAddict

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Did you have a transformative experience over the internship? How you may have changed since starting the internship?
MoCap – “John has grasped the principles of motion capture quite well. He has already exhibited thoughts of how to use the technology in areas outside the norm.” The paradigm shift for me in working with Rick in the school’s motion capture lab was seeing the ways in which the technology can be applied to multiple products, company and individual requirements. From biofeedback, to ergonomics, the applications for MoCap are endless.
CODElab – I and the CODELab artists mutually admitting errors were made and working to rebuild our collective relationship together.

How you may use the skills that you’ve learned in the future?
MoCap – I am presently building my own company to provide ongoing project management consultation with some key friends of mine; Paul Cordick who was a Producer/Project Manager at both Mainframe Entertainment and Electronic Arts along with Kirk Hutton, who just completed his MBA. Both of them will be assisting me in developing our business plan, scope/vision of the company and identify key clients and competition – having my own company will allow me the freedom to create and develop the projects that I truly want to work on.
CODElab – Learning how to setup and edit a Wiki page will greatly help me in the near future as one of my company’s first clients requires a wiki page to be setup and content input and maintained.

Do you have goals for continuing with the internship? Was there an on-going relationship that was developed or a network of contacts that will benefit your practice?
MoCap – Not directly with Rick in the MoCap lab, but he asked that I keep him in the loop as to the progress that the company makes moving forward.
CODElab – I will be doing some additional research for the CODELab artists later on this week for the project Wiki page and will be meeting with Simon later on in order to finalize what he needs me to look up. On a long term basis, I am not sure if I will be working with them down the road, but if our paths cross in the future, I would be open to talking with them to see if there are areas in which we can join forces.

Comment on the working relationship with the organization, working in a collaborative environment, the organization’s flexibility and communication about the projects.
MoCap – Not really applicable here as Rick and I were 1 on 1 all of the time and did not have a major project that needed to be worked on or completed by the end of the internship. That being said, I had a very good working relationship with him and would definitely work with him again in the future.
CODElab – There were a few bumps along the road in my internship with CODELab but at the end of the day, we were able to move forward based on mutual respect for one another and a common interest in putting forward a kick-ass art piece.

How your expectations of the internship changed over time? (what you ended up actually doing vs. what was initially proposed.)
MoCap – The complexities of the software itself are so immense that constant trouble shooting and tech support was required. In those instances where Rick was madly working away to try and solve the problem, rather than pester him with questions, in some instances it was better to just stand back, shut up and let him work the problem.
CODElab – Do to some miscommunications, the only concrete item that I have produced so far for CODELab was the Wiki page that I briefly showed during the mid-term assessment: http://codelab.blprnt.com/wiki/index.php/Information_on_the_Olympic_Games

Mention the tasks and accomplishments that occurred after the midterm presentation
MoCap – Working with Rick this week to ascertain whether data could be captured without the black rubber mats being laid out in the studio. By moving the mats off of the floor and dialing up the threshold of the cameras, we were able to prove that while possible, the square footage of area that is seen by the cameras is greatly diminished which would result in limiting the movement of the actors within the space.
Since the infrared cameras are very light sensitive, a potential project coming down the pipeline was looking to see if they could do mocap without the mats, as they are cumbersome to move and stack and also emit a fairly potent smell each time they are moved. The studio needs to be aired out as a result which means more time is lost
CODElab – still to be determined…


Internship Mid-Term Report

October 28, 2009

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Here are the details on the two internships that I am working on this semester for my DIVA 300 class – the first being the Motion Capture Studio at Emily Carr University and the second being CODElab, a look into surveillance during the Olympics taking place here in Vancouver in 2010. Click mid_term_report_john_deveaux for a PDF download.
– FlashAddict

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IDS Motion Capture Studio Internship
http://crossfitmocap.wordpress.com/
– blog setup to provide project info to participants and show progress
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=177700972600&ref=mf
– Facebook user group setup as well with video links on group wall

LEARNING OUTCOMES
– Rick’s philosophy on learning is to be fluid and allow for creative freedom
– he did not want me helping with mundane tasks such as answering email
– seeing as how he has no set schedule, he wanted to have as much fun in the process
– on his own, he would calibrate the cameras by running back and forth = boring
– having me working with him, gives him a greater chance to explore new outcomes
– “If I have to do one more damn US Marine with a machine gun walk cycle again…”
– CrossFit coaches and athletes were brought together with artists for group meeting
– much easier to learn by bringing in and suiting up actors to have them perform
– ability to work with the performers and fine tune walk cycles or isolated movements
– unfortunately, we had a major software glitch which nixed our live MoCap filming

– Rick pulled up some pre-recorded footage to show multiple data captures instead
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CrossFit – Motion Capture – group meeting 1

CrossFit – Motion Capture – group meeting 2

CrossFit – Motion Capture – group meeting 3

CrossFit – Motion Capture – group meeting 4

CrossFit – Motion Capture – group meeting 5

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CODElab Internship
UPDATE
http://codelab.blprnt.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
– Wiki page setup as a collective of project information and outcomes
http://codelab.blprnt.com/wiki/index.php/Information_on_the_Olympic_Games#Olympics:_
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– researched previous and future Olympic cities’ security and surveillance activities
LEARNING OUTCOMES
– overall project is still open-ended as far as final outcomes
– I foresee my continued responsibilities as becomming a researcher
– our first task was to get a video camera and go around Granville Island and record
– criteria asked for unique and creative locations in order to record people and events
– possible location of setting up a “Ministry of Mis-Information” at Granville Island info board
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CrossFit WOD (Workout of the Day)

April 30, 2009

1 split jerk right foot forward
1 split jerk left foot forward
1 push jerk
Combine total max weight of three jerks for your score!
You can’t rack the bar between jerks, and three strikes you’re out!!!

I was quite pleased with my workout this morning and even more so in the fact that I kept pushing myself, even when I thought I had hit a wall and ended up going up an additional 10 pounds max from 105 lbs. to 115lbs.

So my total score for 3 x 115 lbs = 345 lbs.


CrossFit WOD (Workout of the Day)

April 16, 2009

I committed myself to getting back into working out hard at CrossFit and so I have gone into the gym the past two days and intend to do so again for the next two and then party quite hard at my buddy Spencer’s birthday party on Saturday night!

With that being said, today’s workout focused on strength training and so I worked on maxing weight on the following exercises:

1 rep max front squat
1 rep max push press
1 rep max thruster

total=max front squat+max push press+max thruster

Altogether, I scored the following:

Front Squat = 155 lbs.
Push Press   = 115 lbs.
Thruster       = 105 lbs.

Total Score   = 375 lbs. combined

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Yesterday’s Workout:

Warmup worked on handstands (something I definitely need to work on more), then we went on to the following:

Build up to your 1 rep max box jump, then: # of rounds in 12minutes
300m row
6 mountain climbers
3 Waist high box jumps
6 burpees

Altogether, I completed 3 1/4 rounds of the exercises above in 12 minutes and had a max box jump of 34 inches – not bad considering I am getting back into the swing of things again!


Yesterday’s CrossFit Workout of the Day (WOD)

February 19, 2009

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My abdominal muscles are so freaking sore and strained after doing this workout yesterday…
– FlashAddict

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Warmup:

8 Rounds of the following:

30 second Kettle Bell Rotations (25 lbs.)
30 second Gut Busters (situps where your upper body and legs collapse together in the middle = pain)

Technical Exercise:

15 minutes of Gymnastic Ring pushups (with arms extended in front of you and to the sides = more pain)

Workout of the Day:

Number of rounds in 20 minutes:
12 rolling medball situps (partners sit 5 feet away from each other with legs straight out in the splits. One partner takes the medball and touches it behind their head throwing it from the ground while doing a situp. When the other partner receives the ball they then touch it behind their head and throw it from the ground while doing a situp. This process is repeated until each partner does 12 situps.
9 Medball Sprawl Balls (one partner drops to the ground doing almost like a burpee but instead of doing a pushup dropping your chest on the medball with your feet kicking back into a plank position, then stand up with the ball and do a chest pass to your partner who will still be standing 5 feet away. Repeat the process until each partner has done 9 Sprawl Balls)
6 Partner handstand pushups (three each partner-assistance is allowed-ask the coach how to spot a handstand pushup if you are unsure).
3 Partner Pistols (stand facing your partner off centered. Right hand of one partner holds the right hand of the other partner and use each other as counter balance to do a pistol-you will both be doing the pistol at the same time. Do three on one side and then switch sides and do three on the other side.)

My partner and I were able to complete 5 rounds of this brutal workout – although I didn’t do the Handstand pushups, I did 20 lbs. dumbell shoulder presses with each arm instead cause my body was aching as it was!!!