"Fragile museum object, are you ready for your close up?" Robotic arms and cinematic cameras for immersive Moving Macro films

Hamilton, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-7222-209X, 2017. "Fragile museum object, are you ready for your close up?" Robotic arms and cinematic cameras for immersive Moving Macro films. In: A. Murnieks and R. Tegtmeyer, eds., Motion Design Education Summit 2017, Columbus, Ohio, 7–9 June 2017: edited conference proceedings. Routledge/Focal Press.

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Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between motion graphics and user engagement for museums, collections, and fragile archives through filming with moving cinematic cameras. For museums and collections, one of the key questions is how to increase visitor engagement, both onsite, and online. Additionally, the aim is for these visitors to have a deep immersive experience with items in the collection.

Museums are using filming techniques to give users an experience of their collections online, yet these films record the object in only a basic way. The camera is often static or has only very basic movement, films are formal with only limited immersive qualities. This paper reports on a pilot study made by a small group of researchers into filming objects from fragile museum archives and collections in a more immersive way. Intending to give the film viewer a greater immersive awareness, simulating the experience as if holding and examining the museum object in their hand.

Taking advantage of the recent developments in accessibility to cinematic cameras including motion technologies could reveal new views and experiences of these fragile objects. Filming was made with a variety of methods, including using cameras that are hand held or with robotics support.

Cameras have been attached to a new type of robotic arm, designed for repeatable movements to within 0.1mm accuracy. This has enabled filming with repeatable camera paths in extreme close up with a type of "Moving Macro" only made possible by the use of robotics.

Filming took place at a number of fragile archives including a historical lace archive and mechanical watches and clocks from a major UK collection. The pilot study has raised questions; How do you use robotics and cinematic cameras when documenting an object from a fragile archive? What are the limitations of this filming method? What roles could digital 3D scanning and representation play?

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Hamilton, J.
Publisher: Routledge/Focal Press
Date: 2017
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 09 Jan 2019 13:01
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2019 13:02
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35517

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