8:30 – 9:30am in the ICAT Learning Studio, 253 Moss Arts Center
Cinemacraft: Minecraft + Embodied Live Machinima = an Immersive Platform for Collaborative Storytelling.
Speakers: Siddharth Narayanan, Computer Engineering; Ivica Ico Bukvic, ICAT Senior Fellow and School of Performing Arts; Lynn Abbott, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Description: Cinemacraft is an interactive storytelling platform that builds upon the research of OPERAcraft, Linux Laptop Orchestra's Pd-L2Ork, and Mirror Worlds projects. It utilizes a reverse-engineered version of Minecraft offering a collection of live theatrical and cinematic production tools (multiple camera views, scene changes, virtual audience, etc.) and a newly introduced Kinect HD module that allows for embodied interaction, including posture, arm movement, facial expressions, and optional lip syncing based on captured voice input. A variant of the ensuing platform focusing on rendering a user's virtual mirror image has been demoed at SXSW 2016 as part of the Virginia Tech booth, the 2016 ICAT day, and is currently in the process of being installed in the Science Museum of the Western Virginia. The project has also yielded a potential commercialization opportunity in a form of a Qyno platform for embodied interaction.