The Entertainment Business Management department has now moved in with Digital Design, in what looks to be a great partnership of Producers and Designers.
And today, to seal this new relationship, both the Digital Design students and the Entertainment Business Management students were creating Motion Machines.
The objective is to make a course or motion track that culminates in a marble falling into a cup, and take the longest time possible to do so.
To achieve this, the students are armed with all kinds of weird and wonderful bric-a-brac from the dollar store: funnels and rainbow coloured Slinkys, toilet tissue and masking tape, wire coat hangers and dominos, yoyos (red, yellow and blue), plastic garden forks and spades, and so on.
Enthusiastic instructor Keiron Simons explained to me that this course is a microcosm of a larger project. It’s fun – it’s a game. But the team dynamics are the same: How are the design decisions made? How are disagreements resolved? Who took on a leadership role? — This is the chance for the teams to discover their dynamics in a fun environment, and over a mere 2 hours, before the stakes become grades and a project becomes something that is weeks spent in the making.
There were some excellent results this time around — the longest made 53 seconds! However the VFS Record of 15 minutes remained unchallenged…until the next time!