For my final project, I want to create a cursed virtual production. In Unreal Engine, I create cinematics. I desire a project that reflects the connection between liminal space and time. I am creating a visual representation of a poem that I created called Dear Journal. The poem, generated with Markov chains in Python, is based on my past journal entries and details my live events between the ages of 15 and 23.
For my virtual production, I will create a sequence in the subway. I am inspired by the train in Studio Ghibli. I like trains because they are highly liminal. People are in transition from one space to the next. Based on my poem, the train will be filled with transparent figures for my ages 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, and 23. For the audio, I will do a reading of the poem. Each time I read aloud an age, I will zoom in on a character. The character’s face will contain a 2D image of myself from that time period.
For the 3D characters, I will create them in MakeHuman. Then, I will make each actor transparent in Unreal. The sequence will be one long shot.
For the final character, the person will turn around and reveal their face, which is a video of my face mask clip previously made in RunwayML.