Submission 1 _ Instructions

This is a group submission which gets calibrated to individual marks from a peer group assessment. This submission is worth 30% of the final mark.

For the first submission (Friday 13th February) the group will work on three initial tasks, undertake additional research and prepare the material outlined in the Week 5 section.

Week 1 – Thu 15th January 11:00-13:00, DMSP project presentations.

Week 2 – Wed 21st January 14:00-15:00, Alison House, Meet your supervisor:

  • Project briefing: expections, questions and responsibilities
  • Description of resources and equipment available
  • Decide regular supervision meetings (weekday/time)
  • Setting up your WordPress accounts
  • First task: Introduce yourselves adding one image and 100 words (to be completed by Wednesday 28th)

Week 3 – Wed 28th January 14:00-15:00, Alison House, Get to know the equipment and thinking about 3D:

  • Supervisor will show some of the equipment available
  • Supervisor will give Second task (to be completed by Wednesday 4th February)

Second task: devise a human size diorama environment where you will test depth and movement cues (different textures and materials moving inside the diorama space). The task is divided in two, but you shoudl aim to record sonic and visual elements inside the diorama space synchronously.

  • Experiment 1: You will work in a room to test and experiment with the basics of surround and multichannel sound systems. You will generate sounds and record these in order to compose a 3D sonic experience. You will use binaural and/or omnidirectional microphones to explore the differences in sound quality and the sensory effectiveness. You will test how multichannel and/or binaural recordings can be played in a confined environment (diorama) using (mini) speakers arranged to generate sonic spatio-temporal tensions. Read more
  • Experiment 2: You will build a miniature environment inside a room, a sort of human size diorama where to perform/move inside and test the basics of stereoscopic film recording. Find two identical video cameras, same optics (focal lens, aperture, resolution), and set up a rudimentary stereoscopic rig. Then record the same scene (performance / movements) using the all-in-one 3D video camera. The exercise will help you understand two of the most crucial aspects of stereoscopic vision “interocular” (IO) and “convergence.” Read more

* In each excercise you will concentrate on either sound or vision, to get an in-depth understanding of the techniques involved, but the whole group should work together so as to understand the processes involved in the production of 3D sounds and visuals. This experiments should help you define the concepts and techniques you want to explore further after Submission 1.

Week 4 – Wed 4th February 14:00-15:00, Alison House, Show and tell (experiments and tasks):

  • Group will play and explain the experiments
  • Supervisor will give Third task (to be completed by Wednesday 11th February) and explain Submission 1

Third task: Meet with your partner(s) (see below) to critically analyse stereoscopic vision and 3D sound. Choose a Stereoscopic 3D film that you have all experienced in 3D. You need to critically analyse the sound design/soundtrack/sound effects, edits and cuts, scenes and narrative structure, use of negative and positive parallax, etc. When you meet, try to discuss some of the questions listed below. After your discussion, you will write in pairs/trios a 200 words max. article about this 3D film and post it in the allocated page.

  • Questions:
    Which 3D environments depicted in the film worked best? Which elements did not, visually or sonically speaking, work well? Why? Which aural / visual elements were not immersive? Why do you think these elements did not fully convey the experience of threedimensionality? What was missing if you compare them to elements that worked well? What was the most immersive part of the film? What part felt like the most naturalistic? Why? What sort of effects were used then? Which parts were mostly CGI or synthesised/digitally produced? How did they differ from naturalistic sounds and visuals? Could you tell the difference? Which visuals and sounds seemed to be best suited to convey emotional responses? Did you notice any changes in the depths and qualities of the spaces (sonic or visual) that the film was creating for the characters and the environment to develop in?

Film exploration: pair 1 (names TBC)
Film exploration: trio 3 (names TBC)

Week 5 – Meet supervisor Wed 11th February 14:00-15:00, Alison House, Loose Ends

Submission deadline Friday 13th February

You group has now had time to research 3D sound and visual production and to experiment with 3D recording, editing and play-back techniques. Now it’s time you put your research and audiovisual outcomes together.

The first submission should be a selection of material that illustrates, sonifies and explains what you have researched and experimented with so far, but also what shape and concepts you are planning to develop further (overarching concept, script, recording plan). It’s important that you include all the materials you’ve sourced from the Internet and elsewhere, and explain how these have assisted and informed your initial experiments and helped you developing a concept and a plan for producing 3D sounds and visuals.

Group submission should include:

  • A short description of the things you have done and researched (references, links) so far, and a clear explanation of what you are aiming to achieve in the next stage, what you are planning to develop and how you are planning to present it (+ just added).
  • A short 3D video (2 min. approx) with the experiments you have done, so we can see and hear where you are at. You might have worked on the sound and visuals asynchronously, but ensure that you put them together before submitting.
  • A selection of material: stills, sounds, online resources, documentation, technical specifications, etc. Include any relevant material that you’ve produced or consulted, and write about how it has been used/produced.
  • A written/visual/sonic script where you describe the 3D ideas you are planning to explore in the second phase and what steps you will take to produce the final output of the DMSP project.

* Remember you will present your DMSP project during Presentation Week (30th March – 2nd April). The script should help you define conceptually and practically what your project is going to be like after you’ve developed the second phase of the project. The expected outcome for the presentation and Submission 2 is a 15-minute (approx.) sound and visual 3D experience (e.g. screening, performance, installation).

Peer assessment:

As part of Submission 1 you will rate every member of your team. Each group member will provide feedback on every member of the group including themselves. Peer-assessment should be done individually. Please be honest, considerate and fair in your assessment, and try to provide constructive feedback that will help the group work better together towards Submission 2.

+ Link to the peer assessment will be provided by course organiser / project supervisor +

[ Please DO NOT EDIT this page ]