Yoo sends along this charming animation from CalArts Animation program student Miwa Matreyek, entitled “Dreaming of Lucid Living.” Merging digital effects with a silhouetted character, Miwa creates elegant shadow play. It’s not hard to imagine this kind of technique being applied to live performance – just look at the centuries-old tradition of wayang shadow puppet theater in Indonesia.

Over at the Vixid blog I’ve been looking at the work of French “video scenographer” Perrick Sorin, who integrates projection, live video, and chromakeying into stage performance.

In contrast to the epic, distant pieces created with Projection Mapping (which don’t generally work when you get closer to the object), these techniques give a more intimate look at what the actors are doing on the stage.