The works and ongoing projects of Jonathan Ferran

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Learning some 3d software. Stay tuned for more of this guy.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

1015 Folsom Video Installation

The past two weeks I have been installing a video system in the main room of the club 1015 Folsom. We are using 4 projectors to shoot onto a 25 foot wide section of screen cut into 10 strips. The other two projectors blend together to shoot onto three 8 foot wide screens above the DJ booth.

Here are some pics:

The system can take a video input from a V4 video mixer for guest VJs or it can run it's own audio reactive real-time content.

This is our 6 output 3 video card beast, feeding 4 projectors.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I think I'm in love.

So there's this program called VVVV. Crazy name, I know... but it's made by Germans so whatever. It's a patcher based visuals program kinda like Max/MSP or PD, but it was built from the ground up for handling realtime graphics and interactivity. VVVV is the Quartz Composer for windows. I haven't used QC but some say VVVV is the more powerful of the two. It uses DirectX so... sorry mac peeps, windows only 8)

Oh yeah, did I also mention it's free for non-commercial use? Actually the license is kinda better than non-commercial. It basically says as long as you don't make a living from using VVVV you can have it for free. I would love to be forced to pay for VVVV one day.

You can do some really cool stuff really easily with 3d graphics in VVVV. rendering a model is as simple as patching a shape into a renderer. You can then plug in a transform into the shape to make it do anything you need.

There are many different data types between the modules (they are called 'nodes' in VVVV) making it very hard to connect something where it doesn't belong. It is almost foolproof.

This video was made with this simple patch. Maybe 15 components?

Check it out.

Camera Spheres from jonathan ferran on Vimeo.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Here are a couple videos of what I'm working on.

The first one is more of a lighting program that reacts to movement. It is meant for projection on to a dance floor and will light up anything that moves with pastel particles.

Easter dots from jonathan ferran on Vimeo.

This is some terrain. It's fun. Lots can be done with this.

Terrain from jonathan ferran on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Flambe Lounge party last night!

It was great to hear all the wonderful feedback from everyone about the piece, and great to see all the awesome drawings people did.

See the box on the right to find your graffiti. Oh, and sorry if your graffiti didn't end up in the city, the software is still a bit buggy like that :P