News 2014-2015

2015:

Malory Spicer - From Summer Program to MFA Degree
The College of the Arts produced a feature story about 2015 graduate, Malory Spicer.  Malory graduated with her MFA in Digital Animation and Interactive Media (DAIM) from the OSU Design Department. Her affiliation with Ohio State started as an 8th grader - when she attended ACCAD's Digital Animation Summer Program. Malory enrolled at Ohio State with an academic scholarship, earned her undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering, then completed her MFA in Design.

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Re-Defining Storytelling Methodologies for Stereoscopic 360° Virtual Reality

Professor Wooksang Chang was invited to present his sabbatical research during the Ohio State University’s 10th Annual International Scholar Research Exposition, sponsored by the Office of International Affairs and the Office of the Vice President for Research. His research poster was on display in Bricker Hall from November 13th through December 31, 2015.

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The Peanuts Movie - Visit

The Peanuts Movie was released worldwide November 2015. That same month, the Director of the film, Steve Martino (an ACCAD/OSU alum) and Charles Schulz's son, Craig Schulz, who co-wrote the screenplay, brought their film to the OSU campus. The film was produced by 20th Century Fox and animated by Blue Sky Studios.  Steve and Craig gave several presentations about the making of the film and met individually with ACCAD students. They also showed the film at the Wexner Center Theater, free to the OSU student community.

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The Good Dinosaur - Disney/Pixar Visit
October 27th, ACCAD was pleased to host Pixar Animation Artist, Bryn Imagire. Bryn was Shading Art Director for The Good Dinosaur which open November 2015.  Bryn gave a fascinating overview of artistic processes needed to create the 3D animated feature film.

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Tish Shute: The Future of Storytelling - October 18, 2015

Director of Product Experience at THRED, Ms. Shute lectured on “The Future of Story Telling: What are we going to do with our super powers?” This new era of computing is not just about seeing something, but feeling something and making connections — offering a super power that brings new forms of empathy to storytelling. Her presentation was part of the Arts & Sciences, Science Sundays lecture series.

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Motion Lab Tour

Columbus hosted the 39th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics this August 5-8. As part of the conference, various biomechanics and movement research labs at OSU are opening their doors to over 800 conference attendees. ACCAD's Motion Lab, with emphasis on ACCAD's Motion Capture capabilities will be part of the tour. On Wednesday, August 5th from 1:00-5:00, the Motion Lab will be "open" for rotating guests to explore the space, ask questions, learn about various ACCAD research projects and interact with faculty, staff and graduate students.

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Cool Tech Girls at ACCAD June 27

Cool Tech Girls is a joint initiative between Cybervation, City of Dublin and Dublin Entrepreneurial Center (DEC). Their vision is to provide a supportive and collaborative environment to school age girls to ignite their passion in science and technology. On Saturday, June 27th, over 30 girls (grades 4-8) were on site at ACCAD and rotated through workshop stations focused on: computer animation, virtual environments and motion capture.

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Bodies on Stage: Presentation at the Sorbonne

ACCAD and OSU Theatre were represented this month at The International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) at the Sorbonne in Paris. Jeanine Thompson (Theatre Faculty), Alex Oliszewski (Theatre/ACCAD Faculty) and Vita Berezina-Blackburn (ACCAD Staff) gave their invited lecture, There is No Silence: A Mediated performance based on the life and works of Marcel Marceau, on June 5th. The presentation explained their research and experimentation with interactive, live, motion capture and devised media.These technologies were used throughout the theatrical performance of There Is No Silence.

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Ohio State Ranked Number One in Animation

The Ohio State University has been ranked number one in the top 25 animation schools and colleges in the Midwest by Animation Career Review, an online source for aspiring animation, design and gaming professionals. Ranked number 2 last year, Ohio State moved up to the top spot based on criteria that included academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breath of the programs and faculty, value and geographic location.

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Seeding Sullivant Hall - BETHA Grant

The Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs Endowment fund (BETHA) awarded $53,933 to principal investigators, Mary Anne Beecher (Design), Maria Palazzi (Design/ACCAD) and Matthew Lewis (ACCAD) for the project proposal, Mediated Spaces and Human Experience: Using Locative Technology to Enhance Presence and Space. Rather than illuminating existing artifacts or providing campus history at a distance, the project focuses on provision of location-specific experiences that activate story-telling and interaction strategies to conjure understandings of the past within the context of the present environment of ACCAD's new home - Sullivant Hall.

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Drums Downtown XI
Alan Price, Design | ACCAD Faculty
Alice Grishchenko, Shumeng Zhao - Design | ACCAD graduate students

Drums Downtown is a collaboration between the OSU School of Music Percussion faculty and students and the OSU Dance Department faculty and students. Design graduate students, Alice Grishchenko and Shumeng Zhao provided real-time animations for a percussion piece entitled Fandango 13. Alan Price created real-time visualizations for the performance of Green Corn Dance (which can be viewed via the link above). Performances were April 3-4, 2015 at the Riffe Center's Capitol Theater.

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Fran Kalal Lecture - March 8

Fran Kalal, BA (2005) and MFA (2008) in Design gave a lecture Sunday, March 8th as part of the Science Sundays lecture series. Ms. Kalal is a Cloth and Simulation Technical Director at PIXAR. Her lecture was entitled, Digital Tailoring, Grooming and Simulation in Pixar Films.

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Virtual Patient Project Featured in News

ACCAD's Virtual Patient Project was cited in the news and several medical journals as part of the "ground-breaking curriculum" being used in the OSU College of Medicine. Virtual Patient is a collaborative project between Professors Alan Price (Design/ACCAD) and Doug Danforth, PhD (Obstetrics and Gynecology, OSU Medical Center). Graduate Research Associate Kellen Maicher (MFA/Design) was instrumental in its development and application. Maicher is continuning to develop the project is post-graduate work with Dr. Danforth.

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ACCAD Welcomes Alumnus and Visiting Professor, Wooksang Chang

Professor Chang will spend his research sabbatical at ACCAD from January 2015 through December 2015. He will also teach during Spring 2015 and Autumn 2015 semesters. Professor Chang studied at ACCAD and graduated with his MFA from the Art Department (Art & Technology emphasis) in 2000. Soon after graduating, he worked for Blue Sky Studios and Dreamworks Feature Animation. He is currently a Professor at Chung Ang University in South Korea and leads their 3D Animation Lab. Professor Chang’s expertise is in 3D animation and digital lighting.

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ACCAD Supports OSU Science Sundays

ACCAD will be joining ASC centers/institutes as a sponsor of Science Sundays, beginning in the Autumn of 2014. The Science Sundays lecture series began in 2011 to showcase the leading-edge work being done in some of our science centers and institutes here at Ohio State. Lectures delivered by dynamic high profile speakers cover diverse topic and issues in science that touch people’s lives every day. The audiences consistently range from 100 to 200 size and are composed mostly of members of the general public, ranging from high school students through retirees, and members of the campus community.

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Cheng Zhang Awarded NASA Fellowship

Cheng Zhang, earned an MFA in Digital Animation and Interactive Media (Design), currently studies at ACCAD and is completing a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering. Cheng was been awarded a Science Visualization Fellowship at NASA, starting January 2015. The fellowship is a yearlong position designed to nurture emerging data visualizers who wish to explore the intersection of science and art through science storytelling. Cheng’s thesis project at Ohio State was the Moon Experience, an award-winning virtual reality system based on the historic Apollo program. Her thesis advisor was Alan Price, Associate Professor, Design.

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2014:


ConstructAR at Tech the Halls

This new work by Prof. Alan Price, was installed at Lumos Columbus in December 2014. ConstructAR is an augmented reality mobile app. Visitors can collaboratively sculpt forms that appear located in the physical space. Tracking with the mobile devices creates the ability to move through and around the virtual objects while simultaneously observing the actions of other participants. Interaction is shared across a networked system, allowing participants to collaboratively build virtual sculpture that can potentially span across and envelop the interior space of the gallery.

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'Halo' Music Composer Marty O'Donnell at OSU Sept 17th

Martin (Marty) O’Donnell, best known for his art of composing jingles for TV commercials and for the best video game developers in the world, visited OSU on 9/17/14. O'Donnell has worked with artists such as Peter Dinklage and Paul McCartney.  He has composed the sound compositions for the highly acclaimed Halo series from Bungie. O'Donnell founded the Chicago-based commercial music and sound production company, TotalAudio, which in 1997 produced sound design for Cyan’s Riven, the sequel to Myst, and created all of the audio for Bungie’s award winning Myth series. His body of work also includes numerous original scores for television, radio and film. O'Donnell's September visit to campus was co-sponsored by the OSU School of Music and ACCAD.

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ACCAD Alum Part of Oscar Winning Team

Congratulations to ACCAD Alumnus Josh Fry for his Oscar-honored work as a visual effects artist on Disney’s Frozen. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen, Frozen is a 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. Holding the Oscar are Josh Fry and Mary Twohig who both earned their MFA in Digital Animation and Interactive Media program in the Department of Design and ACCAD. Mary is currently a Character TD in Hair Cloth Rigging at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Frozen won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Let It Go"), the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film, five Annie Awards (including Best Animated Feature), and two Critics' Choice Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Let It Go").

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Sullivant Hall Grand Opening

The Sullivant Hall grand opening celebration took place on September 20th, honoring the transformation and renovation of Sullivant Hall. The day included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, remarks from OSU leaders and a special tribute to alumni donors, Lawrence and Isabel Barnett. ACCAD, the Departments of Dance, of Arts Administration Education and Policy, and the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise hosted simultaneous open houses; while the Cartoon Research Library remained open to the public. Part of the celebration included a site-specific dance performance by world-renowned director/ choreographer Stephan Koplowitz. Sullivant’s Travels featured artists and performers from OSU's Department of Dance, School of Music, and ACCAD and included a student and faculty cast of more than 35 dancers and 50 vocalists.

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ACCAD's Summer Mentoring Program

Fifteen enthusiastic 7th and 8th graders joined us for two-weeks of animation mentoring.  Digital Animation: A Technology Mentoring Program for Young Women is a free summer program for girls in central Ohio. For two weeks, the select group of young women works with women mentors using problem-solving skills and collaborative learning to create digital animation. Three of the mentors were formally participants in the program when they were 7th graders!  Working in small, collaborative groups the girls create animation projects focused on local ecological issues.  This year we focused on the Olentangy River Project. Highlights of the summer program included: a) a video conference with several women working in animation production at Pixar Animation Studios, b) a visit to Engineering and c: visit to Professor Jesse Fox’s new Virtual Environment, Communication Technology, and Online Research Lab. On Friday, June 13th the girls presented their animation work to the community. See final projects on the Digital Animation site.

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Associate Professor Alan Price Awarded RCA Grant

Congratulations to Alan Price, Associate Professor in Design, who received a $14,000 grant from the OSU Office of Research’s Grants for Research and Creative Activity in the Arts and Humanities Program for his proposal Synchronous City: Interaction in Mobile and Mediated Environments.

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Assistant Professor Roozbeh Valamanesh Awarded ACCAD Research Grant

ACCAD funded Assistant Professor Roozbeh Valamanesh's project proposal, "Digital Fabrication Network". The award of $1,200 was made possible by the Shaun and Alicia Ho Research & Development fund at ACCAD. Professor Valamanesh (Department of Design) proposed a 3D Printing Network project. The project was completed by sophomore industrial Design students during the Autumn 2014 semester. 

For the project, two 3D printers were made by two student teams. Open source technology called Reprap provided a platform to create self-replicating 3D printers. Forty percent of the parts needed to build the printers were created by a desktop printer acquired by Design last year. And the two newly made printers will be used next year to provide required parts for additional printers. There is a parent and child relationship between the printers that will shape a network over the time. Prof. Valamanesh's goal is to empower industrial designers to have influence on the tools required for developing concepts in addition to the concepts per se.  Team members shared their achievements with the open source community.

The Shaun and Alicia Ho R&D fund which as established by Shaun Ho an ACCAD alumnus and member of Professor Csuri's R&D team at Cranston/Csuri Productions and Ohio State. Professor Valmanesh’s project matches ACCAD's research fund agenda, to explore emerging trends in open source and personal fabrication.

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Associate Professors Norah Zuniga-Shaw and Peter Chan Produce Synchronous Objects Book

Norah Zuniga-Shaw (Dance/ACCAD) and Peter Chan (Design) produced a new book entitled Synchronous Objects: Degrees of Unison.  Zuniga-Shaw says that her "motivation for writing the book comes in part by a desire expressed by users of Synchronous Objects to have a 'hard copy' resource alongside the online work."  Designed by Chan, the beautiful cloth-bound artifact is a 250 page collection of the art and process created while making Synchronous Objects as well as new and republished essays by William Forsythe, Christopher Roman and Stamatia Portonova.

  

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Professor Emeritus Charles Csuri received the ASC Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award on Friday, April 25th.

The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences honored ACCAD founder Professor Charles Csuri at their annual awards program with the ASC Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. This award honors those living alumni who personify the university's tradition of excellence, thereby bringing distinction to themselves and to our alma mater through their outstanding achievements. Charles Csuri earned his BS in Education in 1947 and his MA in Fine Art in 1948. He is Professor Emeritus of Art Education and Computer and Information Science, at The Ohio State University and founded the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD).

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Moon Rush awarded People's Choice Award in Games For Change Festival

Web-based computer game Moon Rush, conceived by Ohio State graduate students Cheng Zhang (design/computer science engineering) and Sherri Larrimer (design), won the People’s Choice Award, in the Shoot the Moon Game Design Challenge. Finalists debuted their concepts on stage at the Games for Change Festival (April 22-26) for a shot at a $25,000 cash prize. The competition was sponsored by Games for Change and the Schusterman Philanthropic Network. Zhang and Larrimer, along with acadmemic advisor Roger Crawfis (Computer Science & Enginering), proposed Moon Rush to be a web-based 3D computer game that features a virtual moon race, spacecraft landing and a lunar buggy. Players must strategically navigate their way to the Moon on limited fuel while avoiding unpredictable obstacles such as meteorites. 

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Symposium: Making the Invisible Visible: Mime's Contemporary Legacy

In conjunction with the live performance There is No Silence: A Fantasia inspired by the Great French Mime Artist Marcel Marceau, the Department of Theatre and ACCAD co-sponsored a seminar to interrogate, connect, critique, and celebrate the work of mime’s late twentieth century North American cohort. Invited guests discussed mime’s history, ways in which to cultivate its legacy, and to imagine how contemporary artists might take mime into future practice, especially as they incorporate the potentials of motion capture and technological mediation. This even was held Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Drake Performance and Event Center

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Workshop: Character Movement for Animation

In conjunction with the live performance There is No Silence: A Fantasia inspired by the Great French Mime Artist Marcel Marceau, Movement Coach and Mime Coach Lorin Eric Salm conducted a Character Movement for Animation workshop for ACCAD students on April 10th. This workshop offered animators a greater understanding of the potential of a character’s physical expression, and of how characters visually express personality, thought and emotion with the body. With thirty years training and experience in mime, theatre, film, and television, Lorin Eric Salm is a movement coach, mime instructor, and actor. Since 1996, Lorin has been working with leaders in the entertainment industry to enhance the performance of live actors and animated characters by maximizing the impact of their expressive movement.

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Theatre Department's production, in partnership with the ACCAD.

There is No Silence: A Fantasia inspired by the Great French Mime Artist Marcel Marceau,
April 3-13, 2014

Marcel Marceau’s alter-ego “Bip” came to life on stage when Ohio State presented the technologically groundbreaking, collaborative production of There is No Silence; a devised new work inspired by the great artist and French mime. Performance sketches were based on works performed by the late Marceau, who was in residence at Ohio State in 1995, 1998 & 2001. Marceau received an Honorary Doctorate in 1999. There is No Silence, was staged April 3-13th in Thurber Theatre, at the Drake Performance and Event Center.

When Marcel was at Ohio State in 2001, ACCAD used its motion capture system to record select signature movements. This 2014 production marks the first time at OSU that recorded archival and real-time motion capture technlogy both trained the actors in "Mime" prior to opening and was also integrated into a live stage performance. 3D motion-capture sketches helped the MFA student actors learn Marceau's pantomimes. For the live performance, actors were fitted with motion capture “markers”. When the actors performed, their virtual avatar (e.g. Marceau’s stage character Bip) appeared above them on screen, replicating the live actor's movement. The actors (both real and virtual) interacted with a variety of virtual scenes  – such as Paris -- based on Marceau’s paintings. One of the sketches featured a "duet"; where the live actor interacted with the motion captured image of Marceau performing his piece, "At the Bar."

Background:
Devised by MFA Acting Cohort
Script by Jennifer Schlueter with Max Glenn
Production Environment created by Vita Berezina-Blackburn (ACCAD), Alex Oliszewski (ACCAD/Theatre), Janet Parrott, and ACCAD GRAs Tom Heban (Design) and Sheri Larrimer (Design)
In partnership with the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD)
Conceived and Directed by Prof. Jeanine Thompson
Performance dates ran from:  April 3 through April 13, 2014.

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Drums Downtown & ACCAD

The popular event Drums Downtown celebrated its 10th anniversary of innovative collaboration, featuring animation by several ACCAD community members. The theme, Timeline, included highlights from the event's previous nine productions, along with several new works. Joining the Ohio State Percussion Ensemble were students and faculty from the Department of Dance, Department of Design and Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD). Featured on the program: choreography by Melanie Bales, Sophie Clemmensen, Susan Hadley and Abby Zbikowski, and visual work by ACCAD collaborators Alan Price (Design), Nikki Lemon (Design) and Ben Schroeder (CSE).  Joseph Krygier and Susan Powell direct the Percussion Ensemble and serve as artistic directors for the event.

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Lemon's Wonder in Festivals

Nikki Lemon’s MFA thesis film Wonder was an official selection for screening by the 20th International World of Women’s Cinema Film Festival in Sydney, Australia.  The WOW Film Festival, (March 4 -14), is a short film festival that promotes and awards the talents of women directors, producers, writers, editors and cinematographers in the film industry. Lemon’s film was completed as part of her MFA in Digital Animation and Interactive Media in the Department of Design and ACCAD.  Wonder has also been an official selection to the 2013 Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2013 Ohio Independent Film Festival, 2013 LA Femme international Film Festival and the 2013 Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival.

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PIXAR Executive visits Ohio State

Karen Paik, Development Executive at PIXAR gave a presentation, Monday, Feb. 17th, 2014 at 4:30 PM in the Wexner Center Film/Video Theatre.

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