Projection Mapping

One of my favorite films of all time is 2001: A Space Odyssey. The notion of a prescient monolith delivered to earth by an evolved species is just of endless fascination to me. I thought it would be cool to explore this a bit further for my first projection map.

A famous line from the text is the final words Dave Bowman utters before he enters the monolith: “My god, it’s full of stars.”

I thought it would cool to utilize that period at the end of the sentence, using it as an entrance into the monolith.

Drawing isn't my forte

In an ideal world, the sketch featured above would take up an entire museum wall. The period at the end would be about 7 feet tall by 5 feet wide and the projection would be pointed at the period. (Man, as excited as I am about this projection, it sure does take the appeal out of it when you film it in your dinghy apartment.) That way, there’s a sort of shock when the black period “opens up” and the user enters into the world of 2001. 


Overall, I’m pretty happy with how things turned out especially considering I’m still learning Unity. The most difficult technical aspects were making sure the video and door animations worked properly (I admittedly had some help with the Lynda tutorials for the latter). While I’m certainly underwhelmed by seeing the projection on a crappy speaker in my apartment, it makes me really excited to see what it would look like in a more ideal setting. Either way, it’s made me very eager to explore the world of projection mapping a bit more.  

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