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From driver safety to ballet music, Digital Media students bring projects to life

From driver safety to ballet music, Digital Media students bring projects to life

Published:14 November 2017

TOP: Stills from Ken the truckie, character animation by Uni Studio Productions team members: Jacqueline Given, Darren Hart, Benjamin Watts. BELOW: Stills from the animation, Entradie, produced by Fusion team members: Catherine Brown, Jeffrey Scott, Peter Welch, Timothy Williamson.

A record number of capstone digital communication projects were completed this year, thanks to teams of final-year students from CQUni’s Bachelor of Digital Media course.

There were 15 projects undertaken for clients from throughout Queensland and from New South Wales.

An innovative highlight this year was a proof-of-concept characterisation of ‘Ken the Truckie’ for a truck-friendly driver education program.

A student team lead by distance student, Darren Hart, trialled the beta version of Adobe’s new Character Animator program that tracks actions and expressions of real-life actors. Darren also voiced the animations. The client hopes the animations will assist him in obtaining sponsorship to develop a series of public safety advertisements.

Mackay-based classical composer, David W Pyke, was also a beneficiary of CQUniversity digital media talent. David’s score for the new ballet Né:Roi was recorded by Musica Viva Orchestra-Moscow with partial assistance from Regional Arts Development Funds (RADF) administered by the Mackay and Whitsundays Regional Council. An excerpt premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August this year. David released a different excerpt, the Entrada to a team of Digital Media students to interpret.

“The challenge was to come up with a novel alternative and humorous Aussie narrative that might create a sensation on the Northern classical circuits,” David said.

“It is tough for a composer from Down Under to break into the scene. I was hoping that students would produce something that would turn heads. They certainly achieved that with their 3D animated interpretation. The work received accolades from the northern hemisphere ballet production team.”

This is the 10th year that senior lecturer, Dr Ashley Holmes has coordinated the units that are undertaken over two consecutive terms to provide authentic challenges for student teams.

“It is a unique hybrid service learning and consultancy studio model. We seek challenging projects annually mostly from not-for-profit organisations,” he said.

“This year we completed nine video production projects, one location-based data capture mobile application for birdwatchers, a set of audio recordings for augmented reality hotspots for a railway museum, and four content management system based websites.”

Many of the students study by distance and collaborate online. Organisations from anywhere in Australia wanting to know more about the opportunity to have a digital media product developed should contact Dr Ashley Holmes on (07) 4940 7592.