The vMLK project, funded by an NEH grant, is a recovery of the “Fill Up the Jails” speech Dr. King gave in Durham, NC. There is no recording of the original speech and the church where it took place no longer exists. vMLK uses VR as a way to reconstruct the architecture and audio of this historical event.
My particular role on this project focused on creating and prototyping a work flow for mapping out Dr. King’s mouth movements and facial expressions, based on phoneme poses. In order to map these expressions as accurately as possible to his avatar in 3DS Max. Additionally, worked with Dr. Derek Ham and his students to create exhibition designs for the vMLK project to be displayed at Hunt library.
The animation of Dr. Kings face and facial expressions in the far right photos were modeled and animated by Dr. Derek Ham, utilizing the work flow I created.