"Brevity is the soul of wit" - Hamlet
"Technology is a trickster and it has been so since the first culture hero taught the human tribe how to spin wool before he pulled over our eyes..."
- Erik Davis, TechGnosis
In the Spring of 2014, I joined the team of RADA-trained actor, writer and performance-capture specialist Pascal Langdale and 2009 Elliot Hayes Award-Winner Alison Humphrey to produce, Faster Than Night, an experimental theatre piece that blends live performance with real-time 3D animation and audience interaction to hone a new approach to storytelling.
My role was that of the visual media manager, video compositor, and live VFX switcher (VJ).
More on Faster Than Night:
Social media billionaire Caleb Smith is on a mission. Racing against a terrible terminal illness, he is embarking on a deep space voyage with the secret goal of cheating time and death. While half his wealth drives the search for a cure on Earth, Caleb plans to take advantage of the time dilation of faster-than-light travel, returning after only a small time has passed for the ticking bomb of his disease, to enjoy his new cure, a long life and immortal fame.
With his small crew already in cryosleep for the jump to hyperspace, Caleb double-checks the ship's powerful artificial intelligence, ISMEE. She is his masterpiece, the newly synthesized sum of all online human emotion and cognition. Think of her as the lovechild of Wikipedia and Facebook; this AI is buggy, unpredictable and gloriously meta-human. Through her Twitter handle @ISMEEtheAI, viewers can interact with Caleb as he prepares for humanity's first hyperspace jump... and when a life-support circuit malfunctions, help him make an impossible decision.