This last weekend I finally finished a (rough!) prototype for the second of three ideas, which is a sort of interactive music video. The general idea is that I could create a game-like experience that allows players to play the equivalent of visual instruments while a band plays live music. The setting I had in mind was during Christian worship, but really it could be used anywhere.
In this video, I recorded myself playing through the interactive environment, which I created in Unity. The interactive parts are triggering scenes, blooming flowers, changing gravity behavior of the spheres/particle systems, changing the brightness of trails, and moving the trail thingy during the chorus. In hindsight, I think I have a ways to go in terms of adding more interactivity in this. I suppose that’s what prototypes are for, though! But I’m pretty happy with how it turned out in the end.
The music is Branches by Finn Miles, and this last weekend I performed the visuals using a gamepad while Paul Gratton of Finn Miles played the song live at our church. Paul is a part of Napkin Sketch, a creative collective of which I am also a member.
I’m really looking forward to the next two weekends. This coming weekend is TIGJam Midwest #2, which is a game jam event where those of us from Intuition, in addition to other developer friends, try to make games in a weekend. The name comes from TIGSource, our favorite gaming community. Rumor has it some of the other guys are interested in making something in Unity, so that got me even more excited than usual.
The weekend after that is the Des Moines 48 Hour Film Project, and those of us from Napkin Sketch will be participating in it once again. That event is where we try to make a film in 48 hours after given a genre, character, line, and prop on Friday evening. It should be a blast once again.