Rafe Copeland

"It's kind of scary how much data is available."

HDYD Session

Rafe Copeland kicks off with showing us the flight data that he decided to visualize in new ways. Nederland van Boven uses datavisualizations and time-lapse videos. To show how the county works as a system. What they created, was a suggestion of air roadways. That's the data that they wanted to communicate. It's a complete different picture than what you normally see when you look up and see the airplanes. These visualisations are not immediately intelligable. We wanted to use live-footage and superimpose datavisualization to that.

Nederland van Boven already made a couple of interesting 3D animations of Schiphol. If they wanted to add data - like visualisations of airplanes - they would have to retake the images with a GPS microphone and it would cost around 40.000 per hour. So: they would have to do it again, it was slow and expensive. GPS jumps al over the place, it's alwasy an approximation.

We were inspired by Lord of the Rings, were they put 3D objects into video footage. We used similar match move software (GF Track). You direct the software to superimpose the video with data on certain points in the footage. These dots represent a certain place and time and generate a 3D space. It accurately maps the motion of the camera. We made reference points in the 3D images of Schiphol. We took the coordinates (latitude and longitude) and . We really

We bought a physical map en put the 3D data on top of it. People understand a map better than a sattelite image. It's hard to find your house on a sattelite image. More importantly, they can use any footage they want to put data on top of it. And it only costs fourty-five minutes.
When you interview someone, you can show the data in the background.

It's kind of scary how much data is available.
We'll be involved in the editorial process of the next series as well.

I work with Non-Fiction. We spend a lot of time trying out stuff no one else has tried before. We do different prototypes for different projects.

The VPRO didn't make the connection yet. What they can still learn is that the people are working with the data should be involved in the footage shooting process as well.

We only had three days to make it. That forced us to be on the same working conditions that they were. That worked really well.

Status: confirmed

Rafe Copeland is a designer and publisher from Auckland based in Amsterdam. His specialities are typography, photography and data visualisation.

Rafe Copeland made a data-visualisation pitch for Nederland van Boven. A pitch made with Non-fiction in response to an open call by Dutch public broadcaster the VPRO for proposals on how to improve data-visualisation for the planned second season of successful documentary television program Nederland van Boven. The presentation couples a new editorial approach to the show's data-visualisation with a series of technical experiments into integrating 3D representations of data with live-action video.

Link to video: http://vimeo.com/43278539

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