Category Archives: 3D

3d animation

Over the years, I’ve worked with 3D Studio MAX, Maya, and even trueSpace to model, texture, light & animate 3D characters & environments.

During an animation class at Carnegie Mellon, I created Hamsters in Space in Maya, and later worked with a small team to create Playin with Fire.

While taking the Building Virtual Worlds class, I used 3D Studio MAX to model and paint characters & environments for immersive virtual reality worlds such as The Quest for the Holy Grail and The Duel. (I also did some keyframe and motion-capture animation for these, but most of the animations for BVW projects were scripted by the programmer)

Most recently, however, I have been using 3DS MAX to create animations and still renderings of proposed architectural spaces and media designs for clients of Local Projects. The flythrough of SeaGlass: The Carousel at The Battery is currently being used by The Battery Conservancy to raise funds to complete building, the Astor Place redesign is still going through the proposal process, and the New York Visitors Center is now open to the public. A flythrough I produced with Local Projects was also instrumental in Local Projects & Thinc Design winning the proposal for the National September 11th Memorial Museum, but I’m not allowed to show that animation to anyone.

New York Visitors Center

Local Projects

The New York Visitors’ Center offers tourists and residents alike a place to find out what’s going on in the Big Apple, and helps them plan accordingly. Visitors can use multitouch tables to plan their travels, and have the option to print a custom guide or watch a flythrough of their planned journey on the back wall.These renderings are from the planning & proposal stage, but the NYVC has now been completed, and is open for business. Check it out!

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National 9/11 Memorial Museum

September 11th Memorial Museum

Thinc with Local Projects
2007 – present

Local Projects and Thinc Design are the exhibit designers for the National September 11th Memorial Museum. Local Projects’ primary role is the interactive media design, however during the proposal process, the flythrough I rendered helped us secure the bid. In the time since, I produced renderings of exhibit concepts for internal discussion and external presentations. (I did not, however, make the image above, as I am not at liberty to show anything I have worked on for this project)
I am no longer working with Local Projects, but they and Thinc continue to design the 9/11 Museum, which is expected to open sometime in 2011.

Black Convention of 1834

NYHS: Black Convention of 1834

Local Projects
2006 – 2007

The second of three media pieces that Local Projects created for the Slavery in the Civil War exhibit at the New York Historical Society, this interactive voting theater situates visitors in the middle of heated debates on the future of the African-American community. (At that time, New York was a newly free state, but still relied heavily on the cotton trade) Continue reading Black Convention of 1834

Times Square Visitors Center

Local Projects & WXY Architecture + Urban Design
2006 – 2008

The Times Square Visitors’ Center has been in on and off development for a few years, and has seen two major design approaches.
What both designs share, however, is the ability to transform the space with media: Lots of screens and architectural features are replaced by a bevy of strategically placed projectors that allow the feel of the entire space to be changed at a moment’s notice. Continue reading Times Square Visitors Center

Astor Square

Astor Place

Local Projects & WXY Architecture + Urban Design

A more pedestrian-friendly redesign of Astor Place has been planned for years, but now appears to finally be taking off. When WXY Architecture + Urban Design created their proposal for the Astor Place redesign, they called in Local Projects to come up with a media installation, and to create a flythrough of the proposed space. Continue reading Astor Square

SeaGlass Carousel

Local Projects & WXY Architecture + Urban Design
2005 – present

Local Projects is collaborating on the development of a new carousel for Battery Park. Its theme of sea life will link the carousel with the original New York Aquarium. The public will ride on sculpted, glowing sea creatures, surrounded by projected media of schools of fish, creating an immersive environmental ride. Continue reading SeaGlass Carousel