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Animation students team with innovative VR studio in Perth

  • 12 Dec 16
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SAE Perth Animation students have been given a great opportunity to put their creative skills to the test, working as interns at Frame VR – a Perth-based virtual reality studio co-founded by SAE animation graduate Gareth Lockett and digital producer Justin McArdle.

The studio, which opened in 2014, creates ground-breaking, narrative experiences that immerse and amaze audiences. Frame VR employs diverse creative disciplines, from cutting edge augmented and virtual reality, to online, digital 360 video that pushes boundaries and redefines expectations.

As part of their internships, students helped develop a series of short experiences that were exhibited in November at Kaleidoscope; a light festival celebrating music, art and design in the West Australian township of Joondalup. 

These ‘experiences’ included a six-seater mechatronic virtual reality ride, Imaginarium VR Mechatron. Specially designed to extend beyond the average virtual reality experience, it allows adventurers to experience all the physical movements of a ride, including bumps and drops.  


Photo: Imaginarium VR Mechatron ride at at Kaleidoscope festival

Frame VR has a history of delivering rich narrative and technically accomplished projects for a wide variety of clients. High on their list of project achievements is ANZAC Tom, an augmented reality app that enables an ANZAC soldier to come to life through the power of animation when a smartphone is hovered over war memorials in King’s Park. 

The innovative app made news headlines when it was launched just prior to ANZAC day this year.  You can view the news story here.


Image: The augmented reality app, ANZAC Tom

Frame VR is now working on another project titled The Buried VR, working closely with acclaimed digital artist, Stu Campbell. The interactive virtual reality experience currently in production is based on a fictional dreamtime story crafted by the award-winning indigenous writer, artist, and director, Tyson Mowarin. Users of The Buried VR will be transported to a mythological underworld where they will meet the spirits and custodians of the land. The project aims to share the special connection that the indigenous Ngarluma people have to their country with the people all around the world.


Image: The Buried VR

 

 

  • 12 Dec 16
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The idea about the VR studio has been discussed here very nicely. Canon Tech Support.

  • Albert Smith
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  • 30 Oct 18