360° Animation Captures the North Dakota Night Sky
MABU Newsletter Content | Fall 2019
The really cool thing about 360° video is – wait, EVERYTHING about 360 video is cool. So when the State Historical Society of North Dakota wanted to capture the magic of North Dakota’s night sky, they turned to Agency MABU and the skills of Ed Sargeant, MABU’s director of animation and video services.
The result? An interactive view of the night sky, re-created by combining the unique features of 360°-video and animation. The video can be viewed on a computer, mobile device or virtual reality (VR) headset from anywhere in the world. It provides a view of the constellations as observed from the Menoken Indian Village State Historic Site.
View the SHSND animated video below or go to www.ndstudies.gov/nightsky and move your device screen just as you would if you were standing at the historic site
“Space is a concept that allows you to think big. North Dakota Night Sky is designed to be fun and let North Dakotans reach for the stars,” said Jessica Rockeman, SHSND new media specialist. “Ed, Annette and the MABU team really went above and beyond on this project. They brought all their creativity and talents together to make our video exceptional.”
Using images available through NASA, Sargeant said the challenging part of the project was assuring the accuracy of 2D images animated in a 3D space. The MABU team is adept at working with 360° photography and 360° video, but 360° animation elevated the agency’s expertise.