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Horror Short Film Projects: 2017 Top 3

As part of the semester project for IMY 211, the students had to film and edit a short horror film. The top 3 was as follows:

Third Place: Road Trip by A Group of Indispensable Gentlemen That Make Movies and Stuff

Group Members:

  • Jonathan Copeland
  • Donat Sinovcic
  • Keaton Roux

Second place: Solo by Palm Tree

Group Members:

  • Tshegofatso Sithole
  • Kago Kola

First place: The Plunge by Silent Scream Studios

Group Members:

  • Monica Oleasto
  • Jason Louw
  • Alistair Dyason
  • Olivia de Kok

Google Tilt Brush Competition

Are you willing to push your art skills to the limit by using them in 3D?

The Multimedia Virtual Reality and Interaction Lab is hosting a competition for all undergraduate Multimedia students to use Google Tilt Brush to create 3D artworks in Virtual Reality.

If you’ve never heard of Tilt Brush, check it out here.

The competition has two categories:

  • General: You can use any brushes and your sculptures can be any size. The winner will be the sculpture that is deemed most impressive and best-looking overall by the department. The winner of this category will receive R50 3D printing credit and their sculpture will be exhibited on the Multimedia blog.
  • 3D-printable: You can only use Tilt Brush’s Cartoon brush and the winner will be the sculpture that is deemed most impressive and best-looking while still being 3D-printable, as determined by the department. The winner of this category will receive a 3D printed version of their sculpture and their sculpture will be exhibited on the Multimedia blog.

Rules:

  • You have a maximum of 50 minutes to create your artwork. This includes the time needed to acquaint yourself with the tools as well as the actual drawing time.
  • Sign up for the competition by booking a slot here. Use your name, surname and student number when making a booking.
  • Each person may only book 1 slot.
  • You may share your slot with 1 other person. In this case, only 1 person makes the booking on the Doodle and neither can make another booking later.
  • The department has the right to use your artwork for future marketing purposes

 

FAQs

How do I enter?

Just book a slot on the link above. Your booking is your competition entry.

Do I decide beforehand which category I am entering?

You don’t need to decide. When your artwork is judged it will be placed into a category.

What is 3D printing credit?

This credit can be used to make 3D prints using the system available to all multimedia students at www.mm.up.ac.za/vri

How can I prepare for the competition ahead of time?

Watch YouTube videos on Tilt Brush and try to learn the layout of the controls.

What makes an artwork 3D printable?

You need to use Tilt Brush’s Cartoon brush as this creates models with strokes that have enough width and depth to be printable. The artwork should also avoid overhangs, as these have to be printed with supports.

Do I have to be good at drawing to do this?

No, although it would probably help you a bit. You just need to be creative. It’s a great experience and definitely worth trying out even if you don’t win.

VRI Lab and Kumba VR center collaboration

Today we had a tour for a group of students of the Kumba VR centre at the University of Pretoria. The students, from the BIS Multimedia Honours module Virtual Environments, had the opportunity to look at the technology and experience it first hand. This includes the Kumba VR centre’s 3D 360-degree Virtual Reality Cylinder, which displays stereoscopic 3D visuals onto a cylindric wall that encloses the users (as seen in the photos).

This year will be the first year where the VRI (Virtual Reality and Interaction) Lab will be collaborating with the Mining VR centre in exploring VR and interaction design, pushing the boundaries of interaction design in shared physical VR spaces. The goal is to expand the possibilities of shared VR space by incorporating different VR-technologies, such as combining the cylinder with real-time individual tracking.

Horror Short Film Projects 2016: Top 3

As part of the semester project for IMY 211, the students had to film and edit a short horror film. The top 3 was as follows:

Third Place: The Phantom of Pillsbury by Acidic

Group Members:

  • Amanda Pierce
  • Johanni van der Merwe
  • Nina Erasmus
  • Vanblerk Havenga

Second place: Slumber by Jamaican Hopscotch Mafia

Group Members:

  • Nicholas Devonport
  • Matthew Sankey
  • Robert de Villiers
  • Schalk Schmahl

First place: AtZero by Critical Entertainment

Group Members:

  • Duart Breedt
  • Mia Gerber
  • Regardt Steen
  • Wanrick Willemse

Horror Short Film Projects 2015: Top 3

As part of the semester project for IMY 211, the students had to film and edit a short horror film. The top 3 was as follows:

Third Place: The Burnettville Horror by Shrew Almighty.

Group Members:

  • Schae Ind
  • Drew Langley

Second Place: Mirror Mirror by Black Ghost Productions.

Group Members:

  • Dawie Pritchard
  • Dylan Josemans
  • Jurgens van der Spuy
  • Thabo Teffu

First Place: The Fifth Floor by Nightmare on Humanities Street

Group Members:

  • Megan Els
  • Weich Malan
  • Retief Strydom

Recommended PC spec 2017

Hi everyone

We have set up a recommended specification for a desktop PC for 2017. The PC will cost an estimate of R 18 000 (based on sources like Takealot) and will last you for the 3 years of your studies.

I recommend you search for the best price from various sources.

The specification can be found below:

  • Intel Core i5-7500 CPU (1151)
  • Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3 Motherboard
  • Kingston Value 8GB DDR4-2133 Kit – CL15, 1.2V x2
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1060 3GT OC
  • Seagate Barracuda 3.5″ 1TB SATA6G (64MB)
  • Cooler Master Elite 311 Chassis – Black/Silver (ATX,USB3.0,Win)
  • Cooler Master B Series V2 500W
  • LG 22″ 22MP58VQ IPS Monitor
  • standard mouse & keyboard

CPU:

  • 4 physical cores
  • 4 threads
  • 3.5GHz clock speed
Motherboard:
  • SATA slots x4
  • 4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory
  • Support for DDR4 3200(O.C.) /3000(O.C.) /2800(O.C.) /2666(O.C.) /2400(O.C.) /2133 MHz memory modules
  • 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE2: x16 mode) (for the graphics card)

Memory: 16GB DDR4 RAM
Storage: 1TB SATA6G Hard drive

Display: 22″ full HD monitor

Mouse & keyboard: standard

Graphics card:
  • Boost / Base Core Clock: 1759 MHz / 1544 MHz
  • Memory Clock Speed: 8008 MHz
  • Memory: 3GB GDDR5
Power supply:
  • 500w
  • Connectors
  • CPU 4+4 Pin x 1
  • PCI-e 6+2 Pin x 2 (for the graphics card)
  • SATA x4 (for hdd)
  • Peripheral 4 Pin x 3
Case:
  • length: 250mm+ (to fit graphics card)
  • 120mm fan placements x2 (1 for front, 1 for rear)
  • Must fit accompanying power supply
  • Must fit accompanying motherboard