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A virtual 'Ewok Village' among outcomes from schools' workshop at CQUni Noosa

A virtual 'Ewok Village' among outcomes from schools' workshop at CQUni Noosa

Published:14 November 2017

Stuart Campbell (in beanie) and CQUni's Jim Picton (pictured right in the third image) engage with participants in the VR for schools' workshop.

Around 35 students and teachers from Sunshine Coast schools were able to create a range of animated environments, including a virtual reality Ewok Village, during a workshop at CQUniversity Noosa this week.

The Year 10 students from the Noosa and Nambour areas embraced the chance to create the new kinds of 3D art and animation that are being used in film, gallery exhibitions, live performances and online.

The projects were completed by St John’s College, Nambour State College, Good Shepherd Lutheran College, St Andrew’s Anglican College, Sunshine Beach State High/Noosa District State College, and Noosa District State High/St John’s College.

They were able to create their work using HTC Vive and Google Tilt Brush technologies after only a few hours of practice with one of the world's leading immersive storytellers, Stuart Campbell, also known as Sutu.

CQUniversity has announced a new relationship with Mr Campbell, who will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate to recognise his ground-breaking, philanthropic work in the field of digital media.

"Stuart's involvement with CQUni will immensely value-add to the potential of our research, teaching, community engagement and social innovation, including our overseas outreach projects," says CQUniversity Noosa Digital Media Lecturer Jim Picton, who helped arrange the workshop.

“As virtual reality and augmented reality technology finds broader application across the University through nursing, education, IT, creative industries, the sciences etc, Stu’s usefulness as a digital champion and exponent will become apparent.

“Stu is held in high regard globally and has forged a close association with Google for his pioneering work with their ‘Tilt-Brush’ technology.

“Moreover, he’s an artist in the true spirit of the word; more interested exploring the medium and relevance to society, over the pursuit of financial outcomes.”

Mr Picton also praised the role of CreateNoosa's Chris Boden who organised the Immerse 2017 Conference on the Sunshine Coast, featuring Mr Campbell alongside a range of other experts, and who helped facilitate the schools' workshop at CQUni Noosa.

Mr Campbell is an illustrator, interactive designer and writer best known for Nawlz, a 24-episode interactive cyberpunk comic book series created for web and iPad.

As part of Big hART’s YijalaYala Project, he has adapted traditional Australian Aboriginal stories into interactive iPad storybooks and created the Neomad interactive comic, a space opera set in the Aussie outback.

He has also created multimedia installations for the Australian National Museum and designed pilot training programs for the Australian Defence Force.

Other examples include Mr Campbell’s interactive visual essay on global warming ‘The Ocean is Broken’; or his work featuring a personal reflection on Alzheimer’s disease, ‘These memories won’t last’ and his PTSD-focused VR documentary ‘Inside a Mind at War’ which he developed in collaboration with American military veterans from the Second Iraq War as part of an internship with Robert Redford’s Sundance Academy. In a similar socio-political space, Stu has recently wrapped production on a VR documentary about Manus Island.

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