[Humanist] 24.569 new publications: Kafka's Metamorphosis; sustainability

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Dec 9 07:11:26 CET 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 569.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Susan Brown <sbrown at uoguelph.ca>                          (10)
        Subject: sustainability report

  [2]   From:    "Rauterberg, G.W.M." <G.W.M.Rauterberg at tue.nl>            (29)
        Subject: Metamorphosis - WINNER BEST SHORT FILM in Hollywood

        Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2010 04:21:32 -0500
        From: Susan Brown <sbrown at uoguelph.ca>
        Subject: sustainability report

Dear colleagues,

As a follow-up to my recent note about our project for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada on sustaining digital scholarship and its relationship to sustaining culture, the group's report, Lasting Change: Sustaining Digital Scholarship and Culture in Canada, is available here for anyone who is interested: http://www.cwrc.ca/news/lasting-change-sustaining-digital-scholarship-and-culture-in-canada/

I'd like to thank everyone whose work informed this review of literature and policy, either directly or indirectly, and especially those members of Humanist who responded to my request for help. 

For anyone interested in our sources, beyond those we were able to cite in the report itself, our public Zotero group remains at: http://www.zotero.org/groups/sustaining_scholarship_and_culture  Thanks to those who have added material to it.

For anyone wishing to discuss the contents of the report, our blog remains at the following address for anyone interested in offering comments or wishing to discuss the report: http://sustainableknowledgeproject.blogspot.com/

All the best,


sbrown at uoguelph.ca   susan.brown at ualberta.ca
http://orlando.cambridge.org  http://www.ualberta.ca/ORLANDO  http://www.cwrc.ca

        Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2010 22:52:38 +0000
        From: "Rauterberg, G.W.M." <G.W.M.Rauterberg at tue.nl>
        Subject: Metamorphosis - WINNER BEST SHORT FILM in Hollywood

Dear colleague,

This is about a film we produced with a 360 spherical camera and a new
of immersive media one can do over the network as I often talk about.
This is covered in some of the papers (ICEC proceedings Springer and EntComp Journal Elsevier) so I thought I forward it to you.

Barnabas Takacs

METAMORPHOSIS - A 360° Immersive Film Wins Hollywood Award.
Los Angeles, Dec 6, 2010.

Digital Elite Inc. in partnership with researchers at the Technical University of Budapest in Hungary have developed a fully interactive Panoramic Broadcasting technology, called PanoCAST, for producing 360° Immersive Films for parallel cinematic and on-line experiences. Using this technology they have produced an experimental short film, an authentic adaptation of THE METAMORPHOSIS, a film that has now won the Best Short Film Award at the  Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival<http://www.hollywoodreelindependentfilmfestival.com/> .

"You have not ever seen a movie like this before. A retelling of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis, where director Sandor Kardos has succeed more then one could ever expect in faithfully giving us the world from Gregor's new perspective. Using innovative interactive panoramic technology that employs telepresence and virtual reality, shot with multiple cameras to give the viewer the experience of being in the head of the character. Add to that the psychedelic elements of seeing the world through the eyes of a giant insect, and you have a truly unique film experience," says the review on the festival's website.

The film tells the entire story using a subjective camera, experiencing what happens from Gregor's perspective, as Kafka himself wanted it to be according to his own diary. It was shot with a 360 degree spherical remote controlled robotic camera that was directed and programmed to interact with the actors and to create an extremely low- angle view of the set as envisioned from the insect's 1st person perspective.

"Beyond the cinematic release the film's  on-line 360° interactive version<http://www.digitalelite.net/Metamorphosis2010_Fullversion.html>  offers viewers complete control of the virtual camera and the ability to  look around almost as if they were actually there. They can watch the story their own way, explore the set and even click on the actors to learn more about their character, mood or just simply to access behind-the-scenes-photos on how the film was produced," said Barnabas Takacs, the lead scientist behind the project, head of the team.

"With the help of this technology production expenses were kept at a fraction of what such a film would otherwise have cost, which makes independent film making possible. We are so excited about these possibilities that now we are producing stunning dance shots for a documentary film entitled Devoted to Dance <http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/37503939/join-us-in-completing-devoted-to-dance?ref=email>, using the same technology ..."  adds Dorottya Mathe, the film's New York-based producer.

Using such 360 degrees spherical vision cameras offer as many possibilities as challenges, the creators of the film acknowledge, but we firmly believe that panoramic broadcasting when combined with artistic vision and technical skill, will find its way to offer viewers, cinema lovers and entertainment companies a uniquely new perspective.

On-Line 360° Interactive Immersive Film

Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival

Devoted To Dance on KickStarter

Contact Los Angeles:
Katharine W. Cook+1 310 399-3942
Email: kc at generateentertainment.com<mailto:kc at generateentertainment.com>

Contact New York:
Dorottya Mathe
Email: mdorottya at mac.com<mailto:mdorottya at mac.com>  Tel: +1 (646) 715-6303.

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