A press release was sent out last Monday (February 25, 2013) from Storypanda, announcing a partnership with VFS. As anyone who attended the recent Digital Design Talks Childish Charms would know, there is a long standing association between the program and the interactive storytelling company by way of StoryPanda’s Art Director and Digital Design grad Simon Vieira. Now we can add two more Digital Design grads to their team: Amrit Pal Singh and Hasan Habib. The two graduates from Digital Design’s 21st class have worked together on producing two books for Storypanda that reimagine classic tales. The first of these, Wallers Wild West has just been released for the iPad and is available at the App Store.
Congratulations to Amrit and Hasan! (And a big shoutout to Simon!) We are definitely looking forward to reading this and future books produced by this remarkable partnership.
Here is the original press release:
Vancouver, Canada. February 25, 2013
Vancouver based Storypanda Enterprises saw a natural fit with Vancouver Film School to partner together to bring a new form of interactive storytelling to life on mobile platforms. Storypanda is known as the foremost mobile publisher for interactive kids books having worked with the largest publishers and entertainment companies in the world. They are also active members in the Vancouver creative community.
“It’s been great as a business to be in New York one week working with publishers and LA the next working with a media brand. But as an artist and storyteller working with senior illustration and animation students is how the creative juices stay stimulated,” notes James Chutter, Storypanda’s Creative Director.
Storypanda has partnered with three different VFS students and alumni to bring new interactive kids books to life on Storypanda’s platform. The first two books were commissioned as part of a series of re-imagined classic tales. Waller’s Wild West is a cowboy western remake of The Tortoise and the Hare and The Boy Who Cried Aliens is a fresh look at The Boy Who Cried Wolf classic.
Storypanda’s unique approach to mobile publishing allows an individual reader to create their own version of the book they just read by swapping out different backgrounds, props, characters, and text. This approach not only helps kids learn to read but also provides a creative activity.
Based on the success of the collaboration, Storypanda is opening up its school program to include many more art and media colleges and universities. “To be able to attract the most skilled artists and designers it’s important to find the best talent and nurture them before they graduate,” adds Storypanda’s Art Director and VFS alumni Simon Vieira.
As more traditional employment opportunities change with the industry it’s important for students to get real world experience early especially with innovative and groundbreaking companies like Storypanda.
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