Philadelphia has a wealth of statues placed throughout the city and the students gathered a good number of images of the statues from the Art Museum and Rittenhouse Square area.  In keeping with idea of creating high contrast images, students brought the statues  into Photoshop to create the silhouette effect.  EF-J

Gathering green screen footage in the Mural Arts garden

5/6/11  Karen Kolkka

The plan for today’s session was to have teams of students work together to create additional footage and animations needed for the projection as well as gather images and manipulate them using Photoshop.  Ellen and Eric worked with two teams in the Mural Arts computer lab.  In the Mural Arts garden behind the building, I worked with three students whose goal was to capture video footage of people in motion in front of a green screen.

 The dynamic was relaxed and easygoing.  Everyone seemed interested and willing to help with the different roles.  Several students worked together to set up the portable green screen and find a place in the garden with the most even lighting.  Once the gear was set up students took turns behind the camera and in front of the green screen.  The goal was to capture footage of people in motion and included people running, walking, making jump shots, and dancing.  The students gave one another direction and helpful tips.  Needless to say there was a sense of collaboration and of fun.   

When editing the video, I became really fascinated with the video the students shot from the courtyard at City Hall.  The silhouetted images of people walking out of the tunnels into the streets of Philadelphia quickly became a controlling idea.  Because of this, we decided to gather footage in front of a green screen so we could create silhouettes that we could put with various backgrounds.  Because silhouettes are high contrast, they are particularly very well suited for this type of projections project.  EF-J

Digital Media Overload – Looking for themes Ellen Fishman-Johnson

April 15, 2011

After gathering photos and video from Downtown Philadelphia, the next task was to weed through all of the media. Eric, Karen and I began making categories for all the student work.  Since we met with students once a week, we needed to have a sense of all of the media before deciding how to proceed before the next class meeting.  We knew we needed to represent the history of Philadelphia in order to achieve the “City in Motion” theme we established after the community meeting so we decided to begin by using the shots of historical Philadelphia first.  In addition, I introduced the program, Motion to the students who hadn’t used it.  Students divided into groups working in Motion and those working with historical stills. Liz and Katie were given the geometric first section to work on since they are both experienced Motion users.

Footage and Stills Outing in Center City Philadelphia Karen Kolkka

We met in the heart of downtown Philadelphia to gather photos and video footage that could be used in the mural.  The starting point for the outing was the corner of Broad and Locust.  From there students formed into two groups and one headed west toward Rittenhouse Square, the other headed north toward City Hall and Love Park.  The goal was to capture images of people or objects in motion as well as images of statues, buildings, and the patterns and textures of the city.  The students were excited to get started and took turns using the cameras.  The day was overcast but the rain held off.  The outing was a success and while future sessions included gathering more images, much of the original material will be used in the final projection.    

This photo was taken in the downtown area by a student.  The image of Ben Franklin with layers of old posters helped to shape some ideas in the mural.  We decided that our animations should be layered and have historical elements that help identify Philadelphia as a primary subject.

This photo was taken in the downtown area by a student.  The image of Ben Franklin with layers of old posters helped to shape some ideas in the mural.  We decided that our animations should be layered and have historical elements that help identify Philadelphia as a primary subject.

Community Meeting about the Projection – Ellen Fishman-Johnson

April 8th,2011


 Mural Arts begins the planning stage for each mural with a meeting with the community to gather ideas to shape the mural.  Since our projection is a one time performance and the location of the mural is in a business district, we knew this meeting might be different than most.  However, we were incredibly energized by the ideas generated at this meeting.  We made a list of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and constraints and then talked through the ideas in the room.  This group of businessmen emphasized that the projection provides an opportunity to show Philadelphia as the vibrant city that it is.  They asked us to go beyond the Liberty Bell and cheese steaks to show the “Urban Energy” of the city.  We discussed our notes at the next class meeting and began to work around the idea of a “City in Motion.”  We also brainstormed visual ideas for our photo shoot the following week.

An Idea – QR codes in the Mural– Ellen Fishman-Johnson

May 1, 2011

At Springside, I had a student creating QR codes for an outside event in the ViDCAST studio.  Stephen, Elizabeth and I began discussing QR codes and the artistic possibilities of using the codes.  Suddenly someone (don’t remember who) said, “Hey why don’t we use QRs in our projection.”  We had fun imagining the image of all of the ISTE educators holding up their Smartphones  (kind of like the famous photo of an audience watching a 3-D movie complete with dorky glasses).  This idea is on hold until we finish the majority of the projection but have your QR app ready if we decide to go through with it!