For Dane Webster, associate professor of animation and 3-D modeling and area coordinator of creative technologies in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies’ School of Visual Arts, one of the most important parts of his job is cultivating students’ passion for art and technology and providing them with the opportunities to explore their creative ideas. Webster encourages students to pursue their interests by working on large, collaborative, often multidisciplinary projects with real-world applications, including the creation of a 3-D visualization for the new Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. With help from two of his students — Chris Russell of Atlanta, Ga., a senior majoring in studio art, and Mallory Brangan of Norfolk, Va., a senior majoring in biochemistry and studio art — Dane Webster used models and single-frame renderings from architecture firms Snohetta and STV to create a virtual fly through of the center. Fly throughs are animated videos that allow users to virtually move through a structure, getting a close-up view of a building.
|Dane Webster||School of Visual Arts||College of Architecture and Urban Studies|
|Chris Russell||Studio Art||College of Architecture and Urban Studies|
|Mallory Brangan||Studio Art||College of Architecture and Urban Studies|