Archive for the ‘Creating’ Category

virtual improvisation score

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Virtual Improvisation Score Prototype from John Luna on Vimeo.

In Bebe Miller’s composition class.  To make a solo dance that explores the dynamic, expansive use of weight through and around the body of the performer. To observe the structure of the solo and of its process.  To translate or exchange that experience from a body to a digital artifact and back into another body.  To allow these objects and these processes to influence/inform each other along the way.  That’s what I’m starting to try to do with this project (while also tackling some virtual/augmented reality design challenges).

a webpage with no words

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

stillness02This semester I’ve been taking a class at ACCAD with Jeremy Patterson called Interactive Arts Media.  It is essentially a web design class, but I’ve been fixated on emphasizing the “Arts” part of the class description (which is kind of how I approach all of my work).

Inspired by sites like and, I have been working on a web site that treats the medium as something other than a container for words.

What I’ve made so far could be categorized as a toy, which I think I’m ok with.  Toys are designed to encourage play, curiosity, and imagination.  Hm.  I’m having Candace Feck “at the point of utterance” moment.  Maybe toys are actually exactly what I am most interested in making.

Here’s a link to the site in progress:

Dynamic Projection Mapping in Unity

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

I created an application for the dynamic control of a very particular piece of realtime generated projection mapping for an in-process theater performance that is being created in part at OSU’s ACCAD.  The purpose of this application was to demonstrate the potential look of a visualization and also to be able to manipulate the imagery on the fly.  Once the show is out of process and into performance, there will be far fewer controls, or many of the controls will be hidden once the look of each scene is set.  My familiarity with using programs like Isadora and Qlab to create projection design for live performance gave me insight into what kinds of options would be useful to an operator.  These are some stills from the application:


Oculus Gaze Maze

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

**best viewed in full screen on a stereoscopic display. (i.e. Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display)**

Short demo of a prototype I’m working on. The player uses the direction of their gaze to guide a sphere through a maze. A gallery of back-lit creatures watches as the player navigates the maze. They cheer when the player finds themselves in dangerous situations.

I’m interested in developing a game that responds to and provides consequences for different sets of player actions. Will the player seek out danger to appease their bloodthirsty audience? Will they navigate towards treasures to accumulate wealth? What might happen if they look away from the action entirely, allowing their curiosity to get the better of them? The player gets to decide how to “win” the game, which differs from the game imposing an arbitrary value system (time is valuable, race against time; possessions are valuable, collect things; curiosity is valuable, discover things; persistence is valuable, replay the game; etc).


Thursday, May 7th, 2015

I made this game as part of Alan Price’s Computer Game Art & Design II course at Ohio State University’s Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design.  It came out of a series of explorations in Unity’s capabilities and also in using sound to create movement.

The game uses microphone input, but has a “virtual microphone” for the mute, the shy, or the hardware-less.

The game is still very new, so any thoughts, observations, criticism, suggestions, encouragement, etc are all welcome.

Unity plugin install/allowance required:



Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Forward/Inverse: Gaming cross disciplinary methodologies in dance and digital animation

I created this application for my final project in Motion Capture.  There are credits in the application, but special shout out to Caitlyn Trevor for her cello performance.  🙂  It actually made debugging a joy to hear her playing over and over.

The concepts are all inside the in-game documentation (as well as a bonus video of me dancing in some sweet mocap digs).

Have some fun blending different dance improvisation modalities and learn a little something about digital animation while you’re at it!

As always, you may need to install or allow plug-ins to play this Unity application:



procedural animation in Unity

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

I was experimenting with procedurally generated objects and animation in Unity this weekend.  Using the scripting language C#, I instantiated a field of game objects based on a prefabricated object that has a couple of physics components and a trailing effect.  I then translate the objects in a pattern based on some randomly generated variables and allow them to collide with and effect each other.  The animation is slightly different every time, but always falls within the bounds I’ve set up.

Procedural Animation with Unity from John Luna on Vimeo.

Variations on a Biped

Saturday, November 1st, 2014


Once you’ve designed a biped and rigged it well, you can pose it and deform it a little into some interesting variations.

  The base model doesn’t have horns, but I added them to my little goat man, Enkidu.  🙂


Working with skin weight painting in Maya

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

processSkinWeightWorking on my second Virtual Modeling project.  Skin weight painting tool is my new best friend.

Eroding Puzzle: Life Metaphor

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

     I’ve been working on designing this spatial reasoning puzzle.


     The puzzle pieces rotate and fit together in a bunch of different ways, forming one or more whole shapes in a number of configurations.

     So, I left the puzzle alone for a couple of days and worked on other things.  Last night, I was having a night alone in my sock-monkey onesie and thinking about ways that my life (events or the whole) could be reflected as a puzzle.

     First of all, what happens after the “win state” of a game?  The Stanley Parable (Davey Wreden and William Pugh, 2013) had me thinking of ways to make a game that is a game, but that has no conclusion.  Conclusions are so Disney.  Life doesn’t stop when you succeed at something.  It’s way more complicated than that.

     So, what if the puzzle changed the longer you played it?  What if the more you try to force the pieces together, the less likely they are to fit together at all?  (memories, relationships, etc?)

     My spatial reasoning puzzle now randomly erodes the longer you play it.  At first, a variety of possibilities.  At last, a narrow set of limitations.  Right now time is what erodes the game state, but I want other inputs to change it as well.



     I don’t know if want to implement a win state.  I kinda like that you just push the pieces around into some configuration that you find aesthetically pleasing and then enjoy it before it erodes.