J Walt's Spontaneous Fantasia
Performer and animator John Walter Adamczyk (whose stage name and moniker is J Walt) took time out of his busy schedule to talk with journalist Deardra Shuler about the inventive and fascinating show he presents in surround sound theatres dubbed "Spontaneous Fantasia."
Performer and animator John Walter
Adamczyk (whose stage name and moniker is J Walt) took time out of
his busy schedule to talk with journalist Deardra Shuler about the
inventive and fascinating show he presents in surround sound theatres
dubbed "Spontaneous Fantasia."
Born and raised in
Evanston, Illinois, Mr. Walt initially wanted to become a comic strip
writer like Walt Kelly (Pogo comic strip), Walter Lantz (Woodie
Woodpecker animator), and Charles Schultz (Charlie Brown cartoon
strip). Walt Disney was also Walt's hero as a child because Disney
had a great effect on animation and fantasy as an entertainment form
and literally influenced the theme park culture.
John even used his fine arts experience to influence his craft, which
he called Fine Arts animation. Via his Fine Arts animation, Mr. Walt
used classical music and jazz to add music as an expression of his
own personal vision and artistic creativity to his animation. His
studies at USC and later CalArts in the 1980s, taught him film
graphics, special effects, visual design and graphic arts which he
eventually expanded into real time animation. As he looked more
intently into the craft of virtual reality in an effort to add more
fluidity to his work, Walt stepped beyond what other animators have
done, thus becoming an originator within the art form.
Walt uses advanced software and designs such as his Rain Dance
techniques which showcase animated 3-D drawings and figures that
dance and come to life as he draws them from scratch in front of his
audiences. Walt has created exciting 3D worlds, other worldly vistas
and fractals which to date have catapulted his art form into
J Walt is touring a show called the
"Infinite Frontier" which supports the idea of infinity and
something that never ends. "My show is always changing and
evolving. The possibilities of this art form is endless. I am
constantly creating and trying something new and different as I
develop my show. I use new techniques and continue to experiment as I
grow within this art form of virtual worlds" remarked the
graphic artist and animation genius.
"The idea of
animation is bringing things to life," explained Walt. "I
am putting the animus into an object and making it appear to come to
life. What I have done is take my art outside of movies, bringing it
onto stage and performing it live in real time. It's spontaneous. Its
a visual adventure wherein I bring the audience into a visual musical
odyssey which unfolds right before the live audience," claimed
Walt. "I have done this work in planetariums as well which is
within a 180 degree half sphere which fills your peripheral vision.
Therefore, the audience may feel they are transported into a digital
realm, moving through these emerging patterns and forms as I fly
through the worlds that I create."
Walt uses a gaming PC
utilizing a gaming technology he created himself. His background is
in animation and graphic arts but he uses computers to do real time
animation which he uses for movies, video games, TV titles and theme
park work. He also created digital puppets which he brings to life by
making them walk through landscapes with the stroke of his pen.
"What I call "Spontaneous Fantasia" is
essentially technology I create on a video screen. I get up on stage
and draw using technology I have assembled and invented using my
computer tablet. My drawings become 3-D sculptors, dancing figures,
improvised landscapes, and animated figures which are all done with
music so I bring the audience on a visual musical odyssey. People may
see particles orbing around a glowing sphere, depending on how I
animate it. For example, it could look like an atom, solar system or
galaxy. It's my hope that audiences can come to a deeper
understanding of the world by looking at the world around us and
observing how its formed. Also, I want to impart to my audience that
we have the power to change our world and change those things around
us. We have the technology and know the mathematics to decide what
kind of world we want" explained the animation wizard about his
A Technical Academy Award winner, J Walt's
groundbreaking, spectacular, live virtual reality show called
"Spontaneous Fantasia," transforms flat video space into
virtual reality via 3-D animated musical worlds Walt draws in front
of a viewer screen. John does this by way of computer technology,
using 3-D stereo, 2-D screens and multiple projections in a curved
surround theater. As Walt says: "These visual worlds dazzle the
eyes, inspire the spirit and touch the soul."
having a blast exploring this art form and these virtual worlds. It's
just been a whole lot of fun. I hope audiences will come out and see
the show and take part in the virtual experience," said
Interested parties can listen to his show on "Topically
Yours" on Blakeradio.com, Rainbow Soul, and watch J Walt's
videos via visiting http://www.spontaneousfantasia.com/
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