ersatz is being created using Macromedia Director and the video tracking Xtra TTC-Pro, from Danny Rozen, smoothware.com.
The 3D body scan will be rigged and a series of motion captures applied to this to create a library of animation sequences. The motion capture will be of subtle movements, depicting two distinct states:
These two states will be triggered by the viewers interaction with the work. When the viewer is at a distance, outwith the distinct, spot lit 'viewing space', the portrait is at rest in it's unwatch 'ambient' state. At this time the project will randomly play a sequence of 'ambient' state animations.
When the viewer enters the 'viewing space', the portrait quickly takes on a posed stance, which it holds as long as the viewer interacts with it. Once the viewer leaves the spot light, the portrait goes back to it's ambient, unwatched state.
Other software considered: