Collaboration Sparks Anaglyph 3-D Short Film in the Texas Tech Libraries' Informatics Media Lab

The short film, titled “Midnight Variations,” will play at the First Friday Art Trail Dec. 4.

What do you get when you put together an art professor, a music doctoral candidate and a 3-D researcher? A remarkable 3-D collaboration.

To produce “Midnight Variations,” an anaglyph 3-D short film with a musical score from 1971, was a spark of madness, said Sean Kennedy, Texas Tech doctorate of musical arts candidate and teaching assistant for tuba and euphonium.

“The idea is based on those middle-of-the-night moments when you’re in between sleep and consciousness, and also on the effects of Alzheimer’s disease,” Kennedy said. “The film shows Alzheimer’s as more than just a brain disease or being lost, but as being lost all the time with random moments of clarity.”

Kennedy directed “Midnight Variations” together with Texas Tech associate professor of art Stacy Elko and Ken Serrano, administrator and collaborative researcher for the University Libraries’ Informatics Media Lab.

The film, which was written for the musical score, depicts a gentleman with Alzheimer’s experiencing moments of clarity when he gets opportunities to listen to old music on technological devices of the past. The multidisciplinary team of three shot the film in downtown Lubbock in one day and edited it in two days using technology, equipment and software from the libraries’ Informatics Media Lab.

The film uses anaglyph 3-D technology, the retro red and green, instead of the new 3-D technology seen in films today to better grasp the gentleman’s clear memories of yesteryear.

“Midnight Variations” will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 4) during the First Friday Art Trail hosted by the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, at the LHUCA Warehouse, 1001 Mac Davis Ln.

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