Digi-Dinos

Digi-Dinos

Do Belemnites Have Barcodes?

Here is an update on the Dinosaur Gallery work from Nick Toms, a member of the Design Team…

We commissioned 7 models from Bob Nicholls the ‘Paeleo artist’ so that that we can build a CGI recreation of the underwater world and some of the creatures that inhabited it at this time. The creatures we chose range from the gigantic 9 metre fish Leedsichthys to a small, hand sized ammonite and included the top predator Liopleurodon. The photos show Liopleurodon and a squid-like belemnite as the first two test scans.

Andy from the 3D Scanning company GOM in Coventry brought in a Stereoscopic 3d scanning camera. With two cameras at either end and a powerful projector in the middle it projects a very bright light on the model along with patterns of lines that help it to define the contours of the model whilst the two cameras photograph it from a set distance apart. Andy then takes loads of images from all angles around the model and as these are sent to the computer they are processed to build up a very accurate 3d model of the creature.

Once this is done with sufficient detail the computer model is sent to the animators who will plot a simple bone structure into it so that they can then animate the natural movement of the creature as it swims through the Jurassic Sea. To this they will add the skin textures and colours to create the finished footage.

The plan is then to weave all the individual scenes of the creatures into a program that will play and overlap them randomly onto an overhead projection screen through the day to create for the visitor the effect of looking up from the seabed into the Jurassic seas and seeing the creatures who populated them.

    

 

 
 

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Leicester Arts & Museums Service manages six museums sites including New Walk Museum & Art Gallery. New Walk Museum & Art Gallery is situated within the historic New Walk area and the original museum in the city opening to the public in 1849. The museum has been the inspiration for many people including Lord Attenborough and Sir David Attenborough, who pursued their love of art and natural history as a result of spending their formative years as regular visitors to the galleries. New Walk Museum hosts wide-ranging collections spanning the natural and cultural world. A family friendly day-out, displays include Egyptians, Wild Space, World Arts, Fine Art collections and the Dinosaur & Geology galleries due to re-open in 2011.

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