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‘Drowning of Echo’ – The story of Narcissus

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When James George and Alexander Porter first took Kinect on a photographic journey of NY Subway little did they know that within a year the project would become RGB+D and raise almost $35k on Kikstarter to fund the development of “Clouds”.

While the team is currently busy working on Clouds, they continue to explore the medium. Latest is “Drowning of Echo”, an interpretation of the Transformation of Echo & the story of Narcissus from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, drawing from McLuhan’s essays on Understanding Media.

This is the first film Alexander and James shot together, back in December of 2011 as a follow up to their Depth Editor Debug experiments.

It was important to us to take the aesthetics away from a computational reference and push the medium into creating something in it’s own referential space. In editing it just this spring we were able to draw from the new unreleased capabilities of the toolkit, such as specular relighting and crepuscular rays.

Whilst the medium itself is still very new, in this latest piece James and Alexander continue to interrogate their own toolset, and while it may be premature to categorise this as a new form of cinema, nonetheless it does raise critical question how new tools impact the creation and communication of narrative in moving image.

RGB+D | James George | Alexander Porter  | (+ Monica Jane Frisell – behind the scenes)

(also, new RGB+D workshop @ Eyebeam in July!)


  • Eduard Prats Molner

    Beautiful. I wonder if they managed and would be possible to do underwater RGBD shots too. Interesting to explore the outcome of all these light refractions and reflections on a displacement map.

  • Alexander Porter

    Thank you! So far we haven’t gotten the Kinect or Asus working underwater. Although a lot of this was shot down through a few inches of water and the resulting geometry did distort in beautiful little waves over the surface of Alice’s body.