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Ben Bays teaches Visual Effects and Motion Graphics at the RTF, and he’s got an illustration background. Here’s his class site. As he’s workng with typography, I also gave him my typography class slides in Portuguese – I hope it’s good for his classes too, and for his Portuguese learning in progress – quite good, I can say!

He’s also working at Videoranch, which will be streaming live concerts from March 17 through 21. The setup includes the music band streaming with the green background, 3 cameras shooting, and live streaming for around 2500 users; the expected delay is 29 seconds due to the California server location, which receives and sends back information in the meantime. I got the invitation to pass by, and I won’t miss it for sure!

We had a very active outdoors meeting, scanning some Austin references, such as the Natural History Museum, the Fine Arts School, the Library and Electricity Museum, and all the fountains on the way ;)


This fantastic creature is dedicated to… well, you decide ;))


… so the flying creatures are larger in Texas ;)


…ouch!

It’s remarkable how the battery resisted all the flight from Lisbon to Austin, even having been inspected by the airport securit, that sealed it after having searched all over my packed bag – watchout, could this be dangerous? ;) Enough for a demonstration of the B-wind interactive installation fan system in progress:

It would be great to have a two-week workshop at FCT/UL in the UTA Summer courses framework, based on Ben’s expertise in video streaming, 3D modelling teaching, degree in Fine Arts illustration, and 13 years experience in video games as an environmental artist for 3D scenery – working on video effects and motion graphics optimization for real-time applications/processing is the idea, I hope we can we go forward with this proposal :)

Meanwhile, I’ll meet you at the Videoranch, Ben :)… and hopefully in Portugal, too!

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