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How-To: Texas Big Face 3D projection


Graffiti Research Lab Houston writes:

In this document we will give a high level overview of what is needed in order to implement “Texas Big Face.” To implement facial transfers both for sculptures and persons you need to accomplish several steps. Setting up a system that keeps the persons face stable, a system to capture the the persons face, connect your capture device to your projector and finally align your projection with the target of your choice. In this document we will cover each step. Some of these steps are highly customizable and have many solutions for implementation so this document will give an a detailed explanation of the process without getting to detailed on specifics on our implementation of the jig due to the fact that there are unlimited alternatives to keeping a persons face still for projection onto an object.

Implementations In This Document:

Texas Big Face – Superimpose a person’s face onto any 3 dimensional object in this case one of David Adickes [2] ‘ 20 ft tall sculptures.

Texas Face Off – A projected facial transfer whereby a material is used to cover a persons head. That and superimposing another person’s face.

8 thoughts on “How-To: Texas Big Face 3D projection

  1. I understand the desire to make your tech demo video stand out, but maybe next time make the music less obnoxiously repetitive.

    1. I agree that there was absolutely no need for the extremely repetitive music. Plus, that song was Move (If You Wanna) by the Mims. Pretty sure they didn’t have the rights to use it in their video. Even if you aren’t planning on making money with your video, it’s best to not even have the opportunity for someone to take it down because of copyright issues.

      This same effect moving statue effect can also be found on various statues in the Haunted Mansion Ride at the Disney theme parks. I was planning on trying it out to use as halloween decorations outside my house this year.

  2. I was thinking this would make a great Halloween effect. I wonder how hard it would be to get a statue of Abraham Lincoln to speak the Gettysburg Address.

    1. Abraham Lincoln would be a scary halloween decoration. That’s the first thing I think of when I think of halloween. I did hear that he fights zombies. ;)

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