Zeichne mir ein Schaf/Draw Me a Sheep

Jan Heugel
May 2009

The Project

As a new interpretation of Saint-Exupéry's "The Little Prince", "Draw Me A Sheep" is a synthesis of new media and theatre by the first graduating bachelor-year at MultiMediaArt at the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg. The little prince, as told by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, lives together with his flower on an asteroid. On a journey to different planets he comes across different kinds of people and also different humanities.

In "Draw Me A Sheep" the stories' different sceneries get to interplay between media animation- and collage-techniques and real theater-play. For example the actress or a group of dancers meets real video, digital photography, stop-motion animation, 3d-animation and different sound landscapes. Interplays between real and virtual characters, real and virtual scenes and dialogues between real and digital created characters.

This inter-university project is being hosted by the Lab Inter Arts (LIA) at University Mozarteum Salzburg (under the lead of Helmi Vent).

  • Mac Pro
    • 2.93 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5500
    • 12 GB RAM
    • 700 GB HDD
    • 160GB LaCie Rugged via Firewire800
    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 120
    • 24" LED Cinema Display
  • FSC Windows Laptop
  • MacBook Pro with DVI to S-Video Adapter
  • Hama RF-Modulator
  • (Kramer VM-4HDCP)
  • Christie LX 1500
  • Panasonic PT-D5500E

Using QLab

After doing some research on what software to use for showing our animations we came across QLab and immediately fell in love. QLab is a simple program, that helps performing quite banal tasks like starting and stopping video. Due to its many configuration possibilities QLab expands the user's possibilities, but still stays simple and well-arranged.

In addition to our script I arranged the animation-sequences. During rehearsal I was able to adapt the footage to the play, add fades from video to colored images. I also got to run some audio-cues. The footage has been rendered out of Maya and After Effects as tiff-sequence, "quicktimed" for Final-Cut as a Quicktime reference movie, and then being exported with sound using no audio compression and Apple ProRes-Codec. Thanks to the 12 Gb-RAM of our Mac Pro that was no problem at all. Comment from our audio-pro: Mac Pro has a bad on-board sound card, you better get an external firewire/usb device to gain better and less compressed sound.

Our initial plan, to connect the Mac to a Kramer dvi-distribution amplifier was being cut off by the Mac. Replacing the Mac with a Windows Laptop worked fine but anyhow the Kramer-Amp didn't like our Mac. Ergo, no extra screen for our actress and the following simple connection chart: