Our Convergent Media Collective members come from a variety of backgrounds and occupations, but what makes our work unique, is how ideas can cross into real world situations and events. That’s exactly what happened when projection mapping was integrated into Palo Alto College’s annual fundraising event also known as Celebracíon.
Convergent Media Collective member Andrew Valdez is the Sr. Digital Media Specialist at Palo Alto College. He was involved in the planning of the event and recommended that projection mapping be a visually engaging solution to showcase the college and it’s sponsors of the night. They previously had the idea of simply using a projector to project a looping PowerPoint on a portable screen.
Projection mapping has been a developing project for us as noted in a previous blog post. We had done some testing involving new technology such as the Matrox triple head projector, which allows 3 projectors to project one extra wide projection. Rather than use a projector screen we would end up projecting onto the entire side of the building. Collective members joey lopez, Joel Pena, Jonathan Guajardo, Kaye Cruz and Andrew Valdez set up a test run a few weeks before the event. The test run served as a way to fine-tune the process.
We were finally able to utilize all of this technology and provide a projection mapping service for the event. This service included custom animated graphics and required an AV setup of 3 projectors, 3 tripods, 1 Matrox triple-head, and a Macbook Pro.
The final product resulted in a visual accomplishment that was praised by several professionals at the event. A couple of small business owners have expressed interest in using the service for their future events, stay tuned.
And that’s what is cool about doing works like this in the community, we were able to expose new crowds to projection mapping and we were able to get “real world” experience working with a great institution.
Here are some photos from the event: