One of the advantages of gigapixel images is the versatility they can provide for a wide range of applications. In 2008, xRez Studio was contracted to provide licensing of several panoramic images for an animated display system for the lobby of the HP Executive Briefing Center in Cupertino, CA. The primary animation work was done by Core Studio of San Francisco, CA. ©xRez Studio, 2010.
Gigapixel images can provide stunningly high resolution large format prints, and are a perfect solution for corporate or hospitality-based corporate art installations. In 2008, xRez Studio was contracted to provide a large 12′ long gigapixel print for the main boardroom of the new headquarters of Intech Investment Management LLC in West Palm Beach, Florida. Taken from the Chicago waterfront, the print shows rich detail of each building of the Chicago skyline.
The Digital Catalina Island Project is an ongoing effort to aid research at the USC Wrigley Institute of Environmental Research, a marine biology lab on the island near Two Harbors. The project utilizes digital 3d modeling of the island for scientific visualization purposes.
“On Great White Wings” is an historic documentary produced by Aperture Films which re-creates the key events of the Wright Brothers development of the airplane. It is installed at the National Park Service’s Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park visitor center in Dayton, Ohio.
“Magnificent Desolation” is a 3D IMAX feature produced by Play Tone/Tom Hanks which faithfully re-creates the Apollo moon landings in stereo 4k high resolution. xRez Studio was sub-contracted from prime VFX vendor Sassoon Film Design for a difficult hero shot which depicts flying through Hadley Rile, a deep trench visited by the Apollo 15 astronauts.
A highlight of the 2009 Art Basel Miami Beach event was Cartier’s premiere of David Lynch’s fulldome film on “Diamonds, Gold and Dreams”, shown in a 60′ custom dome pavilion. xRez Studio was contracted to produce the interstitial imagery to play between his hourly showings. Resonating with the theme of Indian Raj influenced jewelry, spherical panoramas were adapted from various prior xRez Studio shoots in Indian temples.
Our 2010 Showreel is a broad overview of the work we have been producing.Click here to view the embedded video. ©xRez Studio, 2009.
A visual tone poem designed for the emerging fulldome planetarium format, “Crossing Worlds” utilizes spherical photography from the American desert west to immerse the viewer in a transcendent spectrum of austere landscapes. xRez Studio’s first dome format film, “Crossing Worlds” won a coveted “Domie” for Best Design in a Dome at DomeFest 09 in Albuquerque, NM.
The Colorado River through the Grand Canyon is the life blood of the Western United States, both spiritually and literally. Grand Canyon By Nature: River of Life shows the story of the Grand in stunning visual artistry as we join a journey through the heart of one of the planet’s greatest wonders. It’s a journey of adventure — and a metaphor of our journey of life.
Just a short drive from the southern entrance route to Yosemite National Park, is a remarkable but less-visited deep-carved river gorge in the Sierra Nevada foothills. In spring of 2008, xRez Studio was contracted by BLM park manager Tracy Rowlands to shoot the beautiful San Joaquin River Gorge in gigapixel resolution for the Bureau of Land Management’s visitor center, where a 14′ long high-resolution print was subsequently installed in a new visitor center later that summer.
One problem surrounding the needs of cultural heritage research is the acquisition of static on-site photography, which may limit perceived detail in the artifacts later upon inspection. One method which allows re-lighting of artifacts during research is HP Labs researcher Tom Malzbender’s work in polynomial texture mapping, or PTM.
Offering exploration of gigapixel images online has proven very successful for enhancing web visitor “stickiness” and information delivery. In Spring of 2007, xRez Studio was contracted by online real estate resource Move.com to shoot over 270 gigapixel images, illustrating 170 neighborhoods from 34 major American cities for their website, Realtor.com.