recap of DD Talks: Engagement and Emotion

On July 30th, VFS Digital Design presented a well-received DD Talks event with the theme of Engagement and Emotion: Interactive Digital Content and Public Multimedia PlatformsJorge R. Canedo Estrada, a DD alumnus and Associate Creative Director & Animator from Giant Ant, spoke first to promote Blend, a festival taking place this October. Jorge mentioned this festival grew from the online community of Wine after Coffee, a Vimeo channel dedicated to celebrating amazing animations. Blend will be a two-day gathering of some of the biggest names in the motion design industry with speakers from BuckGiant AntTendril and an inspiring mix of artists, some yet to be announced. This will be the first time we will see such a collection of art and design talent in Vancouver.

Next to speak was Amahl Hazelton, a producer from Moment Factory. Moment Factory is an industry-leading collection of over 150 multidisciplinary creators who create public multimedia environments around the world that integrate video, lighting, architecture, sound, and special effects to create stunning and memorable experiences. Their projects range from innovative live performances such as Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show which they had a tight time frame of only eight weeks to produce to iconic permanent installations such as LAX and Vancouver’s own Canada Place Sails Light Show.

Amahl delighted the audience with stories and examples of Moment Factory’s work for Nine Inch Nails, Foresta Lumina, and Royal Caribbean International. Following his presentation, Amahl conducted a lengthy Q&A session where there was no shortage of questions from eager students.

The students were clearly inspired by the speakers. Thanks to Jorge and Amahl!

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Animated Typeface – League Gothic

It’s that time again where students in Term 3 at VFS Digital Design get to work on the Animated Typeface project. Recap: It is a collaborative class initiative where each student makes a second long animated sequence for 3 – 4 glyphs. This time League Gothic was used and this typeface was created by Tyler Finck, Micah Rich, and Dannci.

These sequences needed to be 25 frames long using three or fewer of the chosen colours. It has been amazing to see the incredible work.

To view the full project, please check out:

http://dd.ourvfs.com/animatedtype

Here is what some students have to share about their experience:

Hanna Cortes

Hanna Animated Type Screenshot

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Applied Arts 2015 Student Awards Winners

The winners for the 2015 Applied Arts Student Awards competition were announced recently. Following last year’s impressive showing, Digital Design projects have once again been recognized. The work was judged by a panel of senior communications professionals, and the winners were selected based on creative merit, technical excellence and suitability for end use. The winners will receive the following:

* Inclusion in the November/December 2015 Student Awards issue with contact information, condensed credits and a description

* Inclusion in an online winners’ gallery, with full credits and description

* Work displayed at a winners’ exhibit

* A personalized Awards Certificate for each winning entry

* Digital tear sheets of the winning work

Here is a list of the winners and links to their award-winning projects:

Jordan Barber and Kelsey HemphillFlint

Marisa BrignoleCelestial

Henry Chu – Kinform

Juhi Jaferii – Shuttle

Yan JamacaruThe Offering

Yan JamacaruThe Little Mermaid

Breanne Jansen - Live What You Believe

Madison Kaylo - Stash – Save Money

Ignacio OsorioThe Path

Mirian SilvaDoplr

Congratulations to all!

Vancouver Creative Jam

Congratulations to Digital Design alumni, Scott Strathern and Jorge R. Canedo Estrada, who were part of the winning teams for the visual design and motion design categories respectively at last week’s Vancouver Creative Jam. The teams had three hours to create a visual design or an animation to fit the provided theme of “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken” by Oscar Wilde.

STUDIO TOUR: Giant Ant

(guest post by Carolina Cortes)

There’s nothing like the fresh air of a Friday morning. You can feel how happy people are by the look on their faces. I mean, nothing can go wrong when you are one step ahead to enjoy your two beloved days of no-morning-alarms. But for the DD32′s, this meant something more. It was the first time we were able to take a peek into how our dream job really works in reality. So after lunch, we were happily ready to go on an adventure to Giant Ant, located in the heart of beautiful Chinatown.

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