Digitizing the Exquisite Corpse Experience

Corpsify is an online drawing game that digitizes the ‘exquisite corpse’ experience. For those of you who do not know, Exquisite Corpse (sometimes Cadaver) is a creative game that allows three people to collaborate on an artistic creation.

This browser based version works pretty much the same way as the old fashion one. You can join as either an artist or a doodler (I’m a big fan of this distinction being more of a stick figure artist than anything else) and it randomly assigns you a section of a body (either a head, torso or the legs of an imagined creature) When you finish it will be passed along to two other creatives who will contribute the missing body parts.

The three pieces are then assembled to reveal a unique and probably impossible creature.

Sound like fun? Check it out.

Creative Beginnings – Meet Samantha

For many, the new year brings excitement and endless possibilities. For us, it also brings a new class of students. January 3rd saw a new group of bright-eyed and eager students start the Digital Design program. Throughout their scholastic year, we’ll be surfacing stories of these students’ successes, and you’ll hear from many of them as they post their insights to our blog. Follow along and you’ll see them develop and grow as they transform into tomorrow’s creatives.

We’ll start off by profiling a handful of these new students, from differing backgrounds, to get their first impressions of this new experience. Every Tuesday for five weeks, we will showcase one of them in Q&A format and a photo taken by our very own Danny Chan 

January 24 - Laura invites us to dance with her.
Last week – Alex is excited to be in the ‘dream machine’.
Today – Samantha wants to be like water.
Next week - Andy is surprised by Canada’s love for hockey.
February 21 - Mary loves the cultural diversity of the program. 

CREATIVE BEGINNINGS – MEET SAMANTHA

Name: Samantha Chow
Age: Asian genes – you’ll never figure out our real age (wink)
From: Born and raised in Vancouver
Background:  After highschool I went to VCC to study Hotel Management for 2 years, worked for a bit, and then studied Event Marketing part time at BCIT. A random list of some of my hobbies includes snowboarding, photography, videography, cooking, and looking for a new outdoor sport that will challenge me both physically and mentally. I am passionate about creating something that lasts; not for entertainment, but for a more practical purpose. And that “something” I mentioned is what I am here to find at VFS. My goal is to be inspired and to inspire others. Hopefully, this program is a passport with which I can travel and explore the world through the work that I am passionate about. I can see myself as eventually being a creative director but that’s not set in stone. I think everything I learn over the next year will reveal a lot to me and that’s exciting. I want to be open-minded about the possibilities.

Why VFS?
 Well in short, it was the feeling of nothing to lose. We only get to live once, might as well Nike it (Just do it).

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Winter Impact Awards 2012

The Winter 2012 VFS Impact Awards were a festive night where a hard working team of Entertainment Business Management students assembled a large scale celebration of amazing projects produced and created by VFS students. Although the venue was dark and quite busy I did manage to spot a good showing of Digital Design faculty, students and grads at the party.

Early in the evening Juan Martinezguerra took home the More Than The Sum of Its Parts award for the elaborate work he did on the communication design package for TEDx Vancouver: The Frontier. His project was one of six nominated projects from Digital Design students that were quite possibly the strongest projects we’ve ever submitted to the thrice-per-annum awards show. The schools other departments also appeared to have had a bar-raising few months as Make-Up, 3D Animation, Game Design, Film, Writing, Acting and the hosts, Entertainment Business Management all took turns visiting the podium to accept awards for equally impressive work.

Digital Design graduates Jullian Ablaza and Amie Bennett did an incredible job with the ambient motion graphic designs and with the video bumpers that introduced the nominees in each of the categories.

A very fun night. Looking forward to the next one!

(Photos courtesy the VFS Entertainment Business Management Flickr album)

Creative Beginnings – Meet Alex

For many, the new year brings excitement and endless possibilities. For us, it also brings a new class of students. January 3rd saw a new group of bright-eyed and eager students start the Digital Design program. Throughout their scholastic year, we’ll be surfacing stories of these students’ successes, and you’ll hear from many of them as they post their insights to our blog. Follow along and you’ll see them develop and grow as they transform into tomorrow’s creatives.

We’ll start off by profiling a handful of these new students, from differing backgrounds, to get their first impressions of this new experience. Every Tuesday for five weeks, we will showcase one of them in Q&A format with a photo taken by our very own Danny Chan 

Last week- Laura invites us to dance with her.
Today – Alex is excited to be in the ‘dream machine’.
Next week  - Samantha wants to be like water.
February 14 - Andy is surprised by Canada’s love for hockey.
February 21 - Mary loves the cultural diversity of the program. 

CREATIVE BEGINNINGS – MEET ALEX

Name: Alex Davila Martinez
Age: 25 years old
From: Mexico City, Mexico
Background:  I studied film making in my country and fell in love with post-production, but I realized I would also need design skills, cause I had none. I came here and I love it! Snowboarding is my passion. I don’t know why cause we don’t have any snow in Mexico. I would like to eventually work for Red Bull Media, those guys take everything to the extreme — have you guys seen ‘The Art of Flight’? I have always liked freedom, so I want to open my own studio right after that.

Why VFS?
VFS is a Dream Machine based on people’s ideas, and I have plenty of them. VFS is huge wherever you go.

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Plaid Men Launches onto the Web

Plaid Men. Think Mad Men.  Think sock puppets!  Are you suffering from Mad Men withdrawal? Want something fun to tide you over between now and the launch of the fifth season of the show?

Plaid Men is a new web series co-written and co-produced by Dionne Gordon and Jennifer Siddle, two graduates of the VFS Writing for Film and Television program who both now happen to be on staff here at VFS. The series debuted on Sunday night and is their interpretation on how they think season five of Mad Men might (or maybe should) go.

And there is a Digital Design connection! The title sequence was designed by DD grad Ian Berg.

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