The National Film Board of Canada spoke at a Digital Design assembly last month about their many award-winning interactive sites; projects that swept design awards from SXSW to the Canadian New Media Awards to Applied Arts.
Regular assemblies are a big part of the Digital Design experience – each one is a chance for students in different classes to come together, share standout work and ideas, and hear from guest speakers.
The theme of this particular assembly was ‘storytelling’, and Adam Neilson (Operations Manager, Digital Content & Strategy at the NFB) and Steve Mackey (a key NFB collaborator from Unshift Interactive) spoke about the evolving way we, as a society, create, consume, and connect with each other through stories that reflect our reality.
Current student Arcelia Ocana Manjarrez, a natural born storyteller, shared her book design project, ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. Upcoming graduates, Brady Cackler and Walter Covarrubias gave an overview of their storytelling process for their collaborative final project, What He Left You. Finally, alumni Jeanette Seah, Matt Simon, and Shawn Hight spoke about their work on the storytelling initiative ‘Project Vancouver: Wonders Start Here’. (We interviewed Entertainment Business Management grad and associate producer Jenny Bourne about the project in October.)
Check out this slideshow of photos from the assembly: