Description of what you are investigating
In this mission, we study the control of the robotic arm and establish the operating range to carry out the automatic shooting. The controllability of the robotic arm has inspired us to use it in experimental video production. An experimental film is a film with a single objective language, without narration or subversion of traditional storytelling techniques. It mainly creates short films and closely relates to surrealism, expressionism, and avant-garde art. The methods used in the experimental film include defocusing, distortion, staining, repetition and quick editing of the image. Furthermore, unsynchronized sound and image, voice variations, grotesque characters and vague themes are also common styles in experimental movies.
To achieve a unique camera lens in experimental film, we think robotic arms are a good starting point for research. So we would like to test this technique on our first mission.
For our project, there is a frame which we will use in the edited video to show whether the candle was lit or extinguished. It is essential for this Dev1 to be familiar with the robot arm because the robot arm can complete precisely the same movement every time. Then we can have 3 similar frames, but the candles are different.
1. Turn around the empty plate. First, we marked 6 points around the plate. Then we adjusted the angle of the robot arm by hand at the first point and set it to be Waypoint 1. Besides, we moved the robot arm to each of the remaining 5 points via the touch screen to control the robot arm and turned it back to the first point. This makes the camera track around the plate 360 degrees. Thus we set up the robot arm’s trajectory and started recording the first frame – the camera circling the empty plate.
2. Three candles on the plate. We put three candles into the plate when the robot arm was circling the second time.
3. Lit three candles on the plate. We controlled the robot to stop at Waypoint2, Waypoint4 and Waypoint6 by the touch screen. Then another person can have time to light the candles.
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