Artist/Director Marco Brambilla handpicked The Mill to help bring his latest experiential art installation, “Evolution,” to life. Like “Civilization,” his 2008 piece at New York City’s Standard Hotel, “Evolution” marries classic film clips in a narrative of epic scope, then goes on to differentiate itself as a Stereoscopic viewing extravaganza. “Evolution” debuted earlier this month at Miami’s Standard Hotel as part of Art Basel.
Our Co-Head of 2D, Westley Sarokin, and Yann Mabille, Co-Head of
3D, worked closely with Brambilla who created a canvas of stills
from a huge archive of film clips he'd compiled. "Marco has an
incredible vocabulary in cinema," Sarokin says. "He would give us
different stages of the canvas which we'd isolate, blend, then add
motion to. It took longest to find all the clips for the narrative
and try out different compositions, but that prep and assembly
formed the foundation."
"West and his team in 2D managed the flat canvas, and I worked
with my team in 3D to add depth," Mabille says, noting that while
"Civilization" is vertical animation (bottom to top) with sections
in it, Brambilla's intent with "Evolution" was to create a seamless
horizontal experience. "West had a stroke of genius and suggested
we try a two-camera Stereoscopic render. Marco loved the idea and
the Stereoscopy didn't affect content. From that point we enhanced
and constructed in 3D and pushed deliberately into Stereo."
Once "Evolution" was built in 3D, the Stereo component finished
over seven weeks this past Fall. Sarokin and Mabille say the
process was smooth, with a core group working together in one room
as a cohesive team. "The work was done on the same wavelength with
Marco. The Mill realized the potential of the strength of the piece
and was behind us 100% as we refined it."
"Evolution" will be featured as part of The Dark Lining, a Marco
Bramilla exhibit in May 2011 at Santa Monica Museum of Art.