The "Cranes in Motion" Project
The "Cranes in Motion" Project is a collection of several hybrid media projects that document, explore and artistically interpret the fascinating dynamics of crane culture in an effort to understand this unique species and our shared ecosystems.
Part of Phase I includes a sequence, titled: “Prehistoric Resurrection” where a 3-D animated crane skeleton emerges from an actual photo of a 12 million year-old fossil that then transforms into motion and flies away. This animation visually connects prehistoric references to crane survival and longevity through the beauty of movement and the tools of technology. Building on a collaboration with the Imaging Research Center at UMBC, Phase II, in final exhibition form, aims to transform this animated video image into a large-scale interactive projection allowing the viewer to interact with a life-sized animated crane that mimics the viewer’s motions.
In final exhibition form, this multi-media installation artwork will include: audio recordings, HD video, photos, drawings, animations and artifacts.
"Cranes in Motion" - Elements
• Crane Skeleton Animation (prehistoric references)
• Crane “Motion Paintings” (formal and poetic movement)
• Interactive Crane Installation / Mimic (phase II)
• Photos series: Extreme Close Ups, textures and feather patterns.
• Sound Collages
• Additional projections with 3-D sculptural elements.
Credits - "Cranes in Motion" Project
• Cathy Cook, Director /Artist / Cinematographer
• Deborah Firestone, Artist / 3-D Animator
• Paul Dickinson, Sound Recordist
• Gionatan Tecle, Post-Production Assistant
• Ryan Zuber, Technical Director of Animation, IRC
• Mark Jarzynski, (Phase II) Technical Director, IRC
• The Field Museum - Chicago, IL.
• International Crane Foundation (ICF), Baraboo, WI.
• U. of Nebraska State Museum Archives - Lincoln, NE.
• Rowe Sanctuary - Audubon, NE.
• Patuxent Wildlife Research Center - Laurel, MD.
• Imaging Research Center
• UMBC Department of Visual Arts