April 27, 2010

parrot tracking final

Filed under: Animals,My Favorites,Telling Stories with Data/Sensors/Humans — Tags: , — *aly* @ 10:01 pm

For my final in Telling Stories with Humans, Sensors, and Data we were tasked with creating a project proposal including proposed data tracking device, made-up data and infographics (so, yes, we were supposed to actually make something, track it, then create an infographic, except that there was no more time left in the semester–scheduling not being nick’s particular strong suit). So, since this was a bit of a let-down, my co-conspirator (Emily) and I decided to do something fabulous and creative anyway.


April 2, 2010

FM Radio Stations’ Service in the Contiguous United States

This assignment started with a map/processing sketch created by Nick and his fellow NYT R&D lab chum, Mike. It starts with an image of a map and then plots latitude and longitude points over top. Our assignment was to do something with this and a different data set.

So, the title of my version says it all… Except, of course, it doesn’t touch on the saga of how I got to this final version. I started out with a giant dataset from the FCC that includes the latitude and longitude for all the FM radio towers in the US and then includes 360 pairs of coordinates for the service contours for each station. (Basically, the coordinates draw a circle around each broadcast point.) This file was about 300mb+ in size. So, I decided the best thing to do would be to write a processing sketch to parse the data and just pull out the info I needed. I limited the contour to just the station lat/long and the lat/long of the N contour. (since the map of the US I am using is so small, it really made no sense to go for the contour–where a circle would work as well.) So, I did that and got a nice tidy smaller data set and created a map. And while I was working on the sketch, I just used the first 1000 lines of data– which made a really lovely map. Then, of course, when I tried to use the full dataset, it was a mess. 30,000 lines of data does not look pretty all at once.

March 30, 2010

A Call for Help

Filed under: Giant Stories/ Tiny Screens,My Favorites,Portfolio — Tags: , , , — *aly* @ 11:09 pm

The title of this assignment is “Remix.” And so, remix I did. I used footage from archive.org (really one of my favorite web sites) and mashed-up a few public service announcements from the 40s with Night of the Living Dead.

So very very much fun to do! In fact, I feel like I might have a knack for this kind of nonsense and will probably make some more things like it. (Zombies!!)

A Call for Help from Aly Wolff-Mills on Vimeo.

February 9, 2010

alice in soundland

Filed under: Giant Stories/ Tiny Screens,My Favorites,Portfolio — Tags: , — *aly* @ 11:45 pm

This assignment is all about sound– we were all given the same 2:17 soundtrack and had to create a video to go with it. So as not to lose my After Effects skills, I decided to animate this one. And… since the soundtrack is a bit eclectic, I decided to revisit the Tenniel Alice Illustrations.

Amazing what can be accomplished in less than a week!

Alice from Aly Wolff-Mills on Vimeo.

January 25, 2010

updated madlib

Filed under: Flash of Flash,My Favorites,Portfolio — Tags: , — *aly* @ 10:34 pm

So, amazingly enough, I updated the madlib I made back in April. This is mostly amazing because I haven’t touched AS3 since then… but actually the code part was easy. The tricky part was about 20 min of unnecessary debugging because I forgot about how the flashplayer project preview window has its own keyboard shortcuts that when not disabled interfere with any events assigned to the enter key in the .as file. doh. Anyway, now the madlib can be replayed and there are a variety of stories that are picked at random. It’s much better!

December 14, 2009

The Rooster and the Rollerskate

Filed under: Frame by Frame,My Favorites,Portfolio — Tags: , — *aly* @ 10:33 pm

fridge_roosterHere’s my final animation for my Frame by Frame class. It’s about a rooster with no feet inspired by a page from a coloring book that has been on my fridge for the past two years (see the photo to the left). I needed to tell his story.

So I drew the rooster in Illustrator and animated him using After Effects (which was lots of fun) and went crazy editing sound effects too. I read a bunch of Aesop’s fables to get me in the right mindset and really, this moral is based on the story of the chicken and the jewel.

The Rooster and the Rollerskate from Aly Wolff-Mills on Vimeo.

December 10, 2009

Doomblog or Splatterblog

Filed under: My Favorites,Portfolio,Visual Communications — Tags: , — *aly* @ 6:02 pm

For my final project of my Visual Communications class, I reskinned this fab pink and skully blog of doom. CSS is magic and to see it work, I’ve added a link to the bottom of the page now you can click for “more inky, less pink” or “more skulls, more pink.”


Clicky! More inky, less pink.
More skulls, more pink.

October 6, 2009

Jabberwocky Redux

Filed under: Frame by Frame,My Favorites — Tags: , , — *aly* @ 9:58 pm

So here’s my first animation for Frame by Frame. It’s more recontextualization– this time I rewrote some of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky poem and animated the Tenniel illustrations to go along with it. Through the Looking Glass is so darn creepy, I’m not sure I really¬† made a significant change there. Actually, in my mind, it’s a little less scary now. The Jabberwocky certainly scared me when I was little…

Jabberwocky Redux from Aly Wolff-Mills on Vimeo.

August 6, 2009

The Boardwalk Encounter: Sins of Coney Island

Filed under: My Favorites,NYC: A Lab of Modern Life,Portfolio — Tags: , , — *aly* @ 4:52 pm

Well, here we are, at the end of my second summer session course. And here is the final project. I collaborated with Paul Galando. And an awesome time was had by all. The assignment was to create a 2-5 minute video inspired by NYC and either “a sidewalk encounter” or “private vs. public life.” So, clearly, we opted for the encounter option. We created a film noir style movie trailer for a movie (starring, filmed by, produced by, and edited by us… with great art direction/film help from Leon) so that we could run around Coney Island looking mysterious and dramatic.

Happily, it was an overcast and drizzly day, so everything looks particularly dismal. Just the way we wanted. And so… without further ado, the trailer:

The Boardwalk Encounter: Sins of Coney Island from Aly Wolff-Mills on Vimeo.

April 1, 2009

animal object/ animal subject

Filed under: Animals,My Favorites — Tags: , — *aly* @ 6:25 pm

Lu and giant kittyFor this assignment, I did some research about the Lindesfarne gospel and created a character I dubbed the Lindesfarne cat. I used the cat on one of the gospel’s pages as the basis for my object-cat. It seemed to me that there is nothing quite like an art historical view of something to make it seem very object-like, so I wrote a short paper about this particular cat and why it might be found in that particular document. I also did some drawings for the character study (in the style of the illuminated manuscript’s zoomorphic characters). Both drawings and essay may be found here. My final piece was a larger drawing in the style of the illustrations of Bede’s Life of Saint Cuthbert that showed scenes from (my version) of the Saint’s life.


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