Disobeying Objects + Melancholic Assets

I’ve finished the Unity piece now as gremlins started to appear in the builds again, so thought I’d better leave it alone before I break it. I think its when Steam updates itself it seems to then slightly change the file when it outputs the build.

In my virtual kingdom and eerie realm, I have changed the skybox and added some cheeky sound collisions on a handful of the objects…those damn objects, disobeying to the very end!

Note to Self:

  • I had the whole piece sealed off in high ceilinged room, but thought it looked too claustrophobic so I deleted the ceiling and some of the walls.
  • I like the open air/unfinished kind of look as if you have stumbled upon some naive object-orientated terrain.
  • I added some fog assets to get a more moody storm effect, but it broke the ability to transport around so I undid it.
  • My next piece I’d like to do a floating camera piece, and develop different narrative devices…the journey continues.

Sandbox 2

Had real issues with the build version of the unity piece I’m doing, it looked perfect in unity player but in the build it wasn’t rendered properly. I had upgraded to a new version so think that maybe broke some settings. So basically had to re-do the whole thing.

I’ll finish this off this week now as the listener music is starting to drive me crazy.

Note to Self:

  • A few forum posts actually taught me a lot about output settings.
  • The aesthetic is a tad too ‘gamer’ for my liking but with my next piece I’ll hopefully combine 360 footage to make it more cinematic looking, maybe grayscale/ B+W, floating cameras, athmospheric with lots of fog etc..

Tiltage

Been making a back up video in case there is any problems with the Vive installation. Some short snippets below.

Note to Self:

  • Nice atmospheric immersive quality to these snippets that gets lost when exported.
  • Tech not there yet these export these Tilt Brush video captures and then import into unity as 360 immersive sequences.
  • Was going to import the video and embed on a few walls in Unity but security bug with QT on pc, so decided to leave it alone and use still images instead, might have been too busy anyway.

Gravel RoomScale

I wanted to originally get matting or floor sheeting printed with imagery from the VR piece but it became increasingly costly and impractical. So I decided to go with gravel instead. I won’t have to transport it to London, I can get x2 bags of stones/gravel on the other side.

The problem is that maybe an uneven floor space would not work with the HTC Vive’s base stations. I have done an experiment this morning and it seems to work fine, fingers crossed.

I placed a few 3D prints on the gravel and this seemed to disrupt the sensors, so will have to work out a way to display them outside the sensor range.

Also I like the idea that the person immersed will know by the crunch underneath not to move off the gravel.

Note to Self:

  • Gravel is usually wet/moist when in a 25kg builders bag, so it has to be dried out on newspaper for about 24 hours.