"Tarang" is a new exploration into the Classical Indian dance tradition of Odiss developed by Jonny Greenwald and Shyam Kannapurakkaran in the VIZA 622 class at the Dept. of Visualization at Texas A&M University under the guidance of Professor Karen Hillier. Tarang combines the collage techniques of British artist David Hockney, called a joiner, and stereographic 3D. Tarang, hindi for wave, adopts its name for the motion and fluidity of the editing along with the shimmering effect created by the joiner technique. This is also the first time the dance has been filmed in stereo, allowing those who are able to view in stereo the ability to experience in a completely new dimension.
The lighting and staging designed for this piece was dependent upon how it would affect the person watching it in stereo. We rationalized the depth by connecting it to normal staging nomenclature. A close up represented shots that went towards the audience, a medium had no change and was thus the focal point, while the wide went towards screen space.
The studio space was then divided up into these spaces and the dancer would move back and forth through the studio space. The lighting was designed to for each of the three areas and would evolve as the dancer moved through them to account for changes in shot size and focus.
Originally designed for Texas A&M University’s Immersive Visualization Center that is projected on a 25' x 8' semi-rigid curved screen its final resolution is actually about 1920 by 614. In Fall 2010, the IVC hosted a Stereo Competition, which Tarang won.
Winner of the LA3D Film Festival. Best Experimental Project.