Ben Carlin

Installing The Lab

Ben Carlin
Installing The Lab

BEN CARLIN, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, MEGAVERSE

Today we began to set up the Lab. We created two separate spaces; one volumetric live recording stage for the actors and the other for the audience to experience the work remotely through VR headsets.

The performance space for our actors has to be small (2x2m) in order for our current rig to capture enough fidelity such as facial expressions and body language. In absolute optimum conditions for clarity we would need one whole rig per performer to make sure every angle of the actor was being recorded. However, this would then limit the chance for group work and intimacy which we want to explore through this first iteration of the lab. When multiple performers enter the space occlusion will become an issue as one actor might cover the front of another actor so a sensor from the rig will not pick up that information of the actor. We will have to be mindful when blocking the actors in the space and choreograph the work in a way where poignient moments occur at optimum places for the sensors to pick up the detail.

The way we have set up the lab means that the actors will be able to see the audience with the headset on and interact with them in live time as remote holograms. We have also positioned a screen by the actors so they can see exactly what the audience is seeing within the virtual space that they are being live streamed into.

The digital foundations have been laid and now it’s time to see what new kinds of stories emerge!

Ben has produced multiple XR applications for clients in Sheffield/London, leading small teams of creatives and technologists to create unique digital experiences for the arts, marketing and healthcare sectors. Ben has a First Class (Hons) degree in Drama from Kingston University and is currently developing a new digital course for National Youth Theatre which will run later this year.