Scott Swearingen and Kyoung Lee Swearingen

Scott Swearingen and Kyoung Lee Swearingen

University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Title: Pushing the Physical Arts Deeper into Real-Time Rendering


Scott Swearingen is an artist, developer, and educator who creates interactive multimedia spaces that blur the boundaries between the virtual and practical. He has been working at the intersection of art and technology for nearly 20 years specializing in the categories of digital imaging, kinetic sculpture, video games, and virtual environments. His work has been widely published and has garnered recognition from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences as well as the Game Developers Choice Awards. He has collaborated on several award-winning franchises including Medal of Honor, The Simpsons, Dead Space and The Sims. Kyoung Lee Swearingen has worked in the film industry for the last decade on a variety of features and shorts including Ratatouille, Walle, UP, Cars 2, Toy Story 3, Brave, Monsters University, Presto, La Luna, The Blue Umbrella, Mater’s Tall Tales, Partly Cloudy, Ant Bully, and the Jimmy Neutron TV series. As a Technical Director of Lighting at Pixar Animation Studios, Kyoung focused on visual story-telling, mood, and look development through lighting. Her work has claimed numerous awards from the Academy Awards, BAFTA, Visual Effects Society, The American Film Institute, as well as many others.


The primary motivation behind our research is to push the physical arts deeper into the CG pipeline for rendering virtual environments. Using photogrammetry and 3d printing technologies, our process enables sculptors and painters to see their physical artworks move beyond the constraints of preproduction. Deviating from the traditional video game production pipeline, we print our low-resolution collision models as physical objects that are then sculpted upon and later scanned for reintegration. In addition to this process, we will also discuss calibration methods that strengthen our ability to iterate quickly, as well as maximizing texture resolution in order to maintain the integrity of the original artwork. By interjecting new technologies into established production models, we have created a unique pipeline for studios and new opportunities for artists.

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