DD/EBM Slam is a Reality

July 10th marked the first time the Digital Design and Entertainment Business Management programs collaborated on a 45-hr SLAM. Sebastien de Castell, Director of Strategic Program Development and Acting Head of Entertainment Business Management, kicked off the Slam by delivering the brief that revolved around a theme of “The Entertainment Experience.”

The brief was gleaned from Sebastien’s history with experience design for interactive campaigns for television series such as ReBoot and Heartland. Students were challenged to design a new positive reality-based or lifestyle television show with an interactive audience engagement component. The goal was to create a pitch package to convince investors to fund the show while staying true to the mandate of positive TV programming.

The pitch package needed to include the following components:
1. A detailed bible covering the show, its audience, the competition, and the strategy for success
2. A segment of a sample show (2-5 minutes long) with a show package (bumpers, lower-thirds, etc.)
3. Identity package for the show (logo and/or wordmark, colour palette, typefaces, applications)
4. A demonstration of the interactive engagement strategy (web mockups, functional prototypes, or simulation)
5. A PechaKucha style presentation using 15 slides

Teams were formed from classes at different stages in the two programs which offered opportunities to build valuable contacts and to learn from each other. Immediately following the kickoff meeting, the teams were supplied a pizza dinner to fuel their creative juices as they brainstormed concepts to pitch to a panel the next morning.
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Make it, use it, break it, fix it, trash it, change it…it’s Motion Machine!

DD27 Motion Machine competitors

Welcome to the new Digital Design Class, our lovely DD27s, and also welcome to the new class of Entertainment Business Management – the wonderful EBM20s!

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.

Motion Machine EBM20 Competitors

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Creative Beginnings : Jenny Bourne

Creative Beginnings : Jenny Bourne

In January 2013, VFS Digital Design greeted another new, excitingly diverse group of students. We’re all looking forward to watching them develop into their professional careers as designers. But first, we’d like to give you a chance get to know some of them a little better in our regular series called Creative Beginnings.

Creative Beginnings features interviews with five new students — a different one each week over a five week period, along with a nice portrait photo taken by our very own Danny Chan  — who tell us a bit about their backgrounds and what their hopes and dreams are.

This week we introduce Jenny Bourne:

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The Blast Light Features Digital Design Students’ Sucessful Big Idea

Screenshot from The Blast Light Profile of Digital Design Students Campaign

Students in the VFS Entertainment Business Management program produced a great video for the web series, The Blast Light, profiling Digital Design‘s Bhoomika Dutta, Grigor Cheitanov, Novita Prasetia, & Michael Qin, who worked under the guidance of VFS Instructor/Client Proxy Tiffany Hamilton and Industry Support/Client Proxy Gagan Diesh in the Big Ideas class to develop a campaign for The World Kindness Concert (Brock Tully, founder, and Jeanette O’Keeffe from MoonCoin Productions). The team’s Pass It On campaign so impressed their clients that they immediately implemented their ideas.

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Digital Design Students and Grads Shine at Impact Awards

Digital Design Winners and Nominees

Digital Design students, who were nominated for VFS Impact Awards, took some time out from their schedules for a few very nice photos by Digital Design’s Digital Media Specialist, Danny Chan to help celebrate the recognition for their hard work. All together there were eleven nominees, with two well-deserved wins by graduates Hasan Habib and Maria Fernanda Herrera! Of course, we’re very proud of all of them, and we were there at the event to cheer them on.
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