Two of the world's leading academic and industry leaders in digital
storytelling to collaborate on next generation approaches to
interactive production for game, film and television industries
OAKVILLE, ON, Sept. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Sheridan College, one of the
world's leading post-secondary institutions focused on digital media
storytelling, today announced a partnership with Ubisoft at the opening
of Ubisoft Toronto's state of the art performance capture studio.
Sheridan and Ubisoft have agreed to work together in defining joint
research projects that will foster development of virtual production
and performance capture techniques in Ontario and worldwide.
Virtual production involves a variety of tools and processes that are
enabling major filmmakers such as James Cameron (Avatar) and Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings), and game professionals to interactively collaborate with actors,
cinematographers and other production personnel at all stages of the
production process. Performance capture, virtual cinematography, and
motion capture in general are central to virtual production. These
processes are merging technologies and practices employed in film,
television, and gaming, allowing directors and others to immerse
themselves in the storytelling process in order to create more
"Ubisoft is one of the global industry leaders in development and
application of these processes," said Jeff Zabudsky, President of
Sheridan College. "Given our academic expertise in digital media
storytelling, this was seen by both organizations as a unique
opportunity to collaborate and establish a global centre of excellence
for research, curriculum and training in interactive storytelling using
virtual production practices."
Both Sheridan and Ubisoft are dedicated to global innovation in
performance capture and virtual production, developing and applying new
technologies, while ensuring that the current and next generation of
industry professionals are at the forefront of interactive
storytelling. Ubisoft Toronto will also work with Sheridan to maintain
its leading edge curriculum in its Bachelor of Game Design and Graduate
Certificate in Game Level Design programs, as well as across the board
for programs in film, television, and animation that will benefit from
performance capture and virtual production practices.
Sheridan's SIRT Centre, located at Pinewood Toronto Studios, supports
development of the digital media industry in Ontario and Canada. In a
short period of time SIRT has garnered an international reputation for
its technology development and training work in the virtual production
area, including the world's first Previsualization and Virtual
Production Conference at Pinewood in 2011. Through funding from the
Ontario Media Development Corporation and support from Ubisoft, SIRT is
currently partnering with ACTRA - Toronto on the development and
delivery of practical performance capture workshops that will enhance
the skill set of Ontario's film, television and theatre acting
professionals. In addition, professionals from behind the camera
including cinematographers, directors and producers are being engaged
in performance capture and virtual production workshops.
Formation of this partnership coincides with Ubisoft announcing the
launch of its world-class performance capture studio in Toronto, a
facility that will support the creation of high-quality content for
games. Uniting expertise from the film and game industries, the
performance capture studio will help Ubisoft create deeper characters,
more immersive storytelling and more filmic, actor-driven games.
This unique collaboration between two global academic and industry
leaders in digital media, fostered and supported by government, will
help position Ontario as a leading innovator in the development and
adoption of new virtual production practices that are expected to
become key to the future of interactive storytelling throughout the
game, film, and television industries.
About Sheridan College: http://www.sheridancollege.ca/
Sheridan College is one of Canada's leading postsecondary institutions
dedicated to the provision of outstanding academic programs and the
support of student and graduate success. Sheridan was named number one
in the world in 2012 for animation, gaming and design programs by
Animation Career Review. We deliver an exceptional educational
experience in an environment renowned for innovation and creativity.
Program options range from one-year certificates to four-year degrees
in the arts, business, community service and technology fields.
Sheridan serves 18,000 full-time and 35,000 continuing education
students at our campuses in Oakville, Brampton and Mississauga.
About SIRT: http://www.sirtcentre.com
The Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT) is an applied
research centre established by Sheridan College in 2010 at Pinewood
Toronto Studios in the east end of Toronto. It's dedicated to fostering
collaborative innovation in Ontario's film, gaming and television
industries. SIRT works with industry, academic, and government partners
to conduct collaborative research and provide Ontario's professionals
the training needed to build the province's competitive advantage in
the screen-based entertainment industries.
SOURCE: Sheridan College
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