"CLOUDS is an interactive documentary that presents a conversation among 40 artists, designers, and hackers who use code, and collaborate on open source tool kits. It explores themes of creativity and invention, interactive art, simulation, computational design, data visualization, and the future of storytelling."
Info: Reza worked on CLOUDS' generative system viewer's architecture and Cosmic, a n-body generative particle system made for CLOUDS.
Reza's biggest contribution to the documentary was his integration of "Rezanator" (Reza's custom development environment for creating and animating generative systems) into CLOUD's core generative system viewer. Rezanator is a collection of classes that allows an openFrameworks application to switch between various openFrameworks "applications" (or layers) seamlessly. It also handles ofxUI and ofxTimeline binding (sliders and buttons can be animated with ofxTimeline just like in Adobe After Effects and Autodesk Maya). This framework / way of working was crucial in creating generative narratives and allowing the viewer to experience generative systems like never before (animated and curated).
In addition, Reza created Cosmic, a generative system centered around exploring n-body GPU accelerated particle systems. Using the GLSL shaders and GPU Computation Reza's Cosmic system was able to simulate and render 16777216 per-particle interactions at 60 fps.
Directors: Jonathan Minard & James George
Executive Producer: Golan Levin
Producer: Winslow Porter
Design Director: Bradley G Munkowitz
Visual System Architect: Reza Ali
Music Composer: Luke DuBois
Participants: Bruce Sterling, Casey Reas, Daniel Shiffman, Diederick Huijbers, Elliot Woods, Golan Levin, Greg Borenstein, Jer Thorp,Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, Jessica Rosenkrantz, Joel Gethin Lewis, John Maeda, Josh Nimoy, Julia Kaganskiy, Julian Oliver, Karolina Sobecka, Karsten “Toxi” Schmidt, Kyle Chayka,Kyle McDonald, Lindsay Howard, Marcus Wendt, Marius Watz, Nick Fox-Gieg, Paola Antonelli, Philip Whitfield, Rachel Binx, Regine Debatty, Satoru Higa, Shantell Martin,Sofy Yuditskaya, Theodore Watson, Vera Glahn, and Zachary Lieberman.
Programming: Surya Ma!u, Patricio González-Vivo, Lars Berg, Jeff Crouse, Elie Zananiri, Reza Ali, Gal Sasson, Neil Mendoza, Omer Shapira, Michael Allison, Luisa Pereira, Charlie Whitney, Jack Kalish, Jason Walters, LIA, Satoru Higa, Josh Nimoy, Jessica Rosenkrantz, Jesse Rosenberg, Marius Watz, Zach Lieberman, Shantell Martin
Interface Design: Sarah Hallacher, Erica Gorochow, Additional Sound Jules Laplace
Sound Engineer: Brett Murphy