April 2014
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Innovation and Cinema - The Matrix

At the edge of scientific inquiry we often learn from the most unlikely opportunities. Motion Capture – the technology that wowed audiences with the original release of THE MATRIX in 1999 is now leading the way in understanding crowd dynamics and the development of a new generation of micro air vehicles inspired by biological flight.

Join CDI’s Nick Hristov as he engages the audience in a lively, pre-film talk which sheds light on the obscure connections between film technology, millions of bats, and the science of movement. Event begins at 7:30 p.m. on April 17 at a/perture cinema in downtown Winston-Salem.

Part of the brand new Innovation and Cinema film and speaker series presented by Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and a/perture cinema, this screening is free to the community. Snacks and beverages available for purchase.

Seating is limited, so you must RESERVE, PRINT and BRING your tickets.

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Mix It Up - Spring 2014

The Spring 2014 Innovators Mixer takes place this month!

Plan to join us in the CDI suite on Monday, April 21, from 5-8 p.m. to engage in interesting project discussions with creative individuals in the region.

Brief presentations (5 minutes or less) will be followed by social mingling, pizza, and collaborative discussion. Take advantage of this opportunity to network and celebrate with fellow students, professors, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and other individuals.

Whether you present an innovative project (work in progress or already developed) or observe as an attendee, plan to join us for a lively evening.

FREE admission, but please RSVP no later than

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Isolated Creative Genius to Global Teaming

While our region hunkered down under a snowy blanket last week, CDI ideology shined brightly at the College Art Association Conference in Chicago. (CAA is the most prestigious and competitive forum for the dissemination of art production and research.) There, Interim Director Scott Betz led a session emphasizing the benefits of collaboration and bringing into focus the artistic language of innovation, creativity, and collaboration.

The conference session blurb describes a clichéd image of a creative genius suffering in isolation for the realization of a calling to paint, sculpt, draw, or write. According to Cathy N. Davidson, 21st century-technology and

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Stop-Motion Innovation

A partnership between CDI and the UNCSA film program resulted in a unique innovation in stop-motion animation. The project merges one of the oldest forms of animated film with complex computer generated imagery and 3D printed puppets. The 3D printed plastic material was especially suited to stop-motion, as the texture works well for puppet armature, which is the property of a puppet that allows it to hold a pose between frames without slipping. The outcome demonstrates an unusual and evocative mixture of animated elements to serve the film’s narrative.

Brainchild of UNCSA student/alum Austin Taylor, this stop-motion project conveys a

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