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S U P E R S T I T I O N – Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Open House

April 21, 2011

S U P E R S T I T I O N

Friday the 13 at Function 13 at 13:00 hours!
http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/openhouse/2011/

Our IMM Post-grads will show their work with respect to:

* Flash Mobile for Android and iPhone
* JQuery for Mobile Web Apps
* Gesture Technology for Gesture Tek Cube
* FLAR Augmented Reality & Arduino
* Games, Apps, Sites, Social Media API’s and More!

Be there or be HEXED! #cc0000 #eeeeee #13aa00

Dan Zen

Professor, Coordinator of Curriculum and Industry Liaison
Sheridan Interactive Multimedia
Canadian New Media Educator of the Year 2008
http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/

Mad inventor meets Internet finds peace
Canadian New Media Awards Programmer of the Year 2002
http://www.danzen.com/

~2011~

Four of Seven RIM PlayBook Demos by Sheridan Grads!

February 28, 2011

RIM Blackberry Playbook Tablet

Research in Motion (RIM) came in to the FITO user group – one of the largest Flash user groups in the world to demonstrate apps running on their new tablet, the PlayBook.  The audience of over 100 developers and designers found the speed, interface and quality of the Playbook to be just dandy – it was nice to get my hands on one even for a short time.

What was really nice to see for us at Sheridan was that Three of the demonstrators of apps running on the Playbook were from our Interactive Multimedia Program and two other presenters are with Jam 3 which was started by IMM’ers and another speaker was from the Sheridan Computer Graphics program.  So that left only one presenter, Matt Rix of TrainYard fame (and fortune) as the non-Sheridan connection.  Matt’s ScoreKeeper app looked and ran great – super interface work.

Sunil John demonstrates Robot Skinning RIM Playbook App

Sunil John (IMM2010) presented his 3D Robot Skinning App, Salpy Kelian (IMM2009) showed a recipe app, Matt Fabb (IMM2001) showed a StickerYou app and Hugh Elliot (CG1999) showed his haiku movie sorting app.  Both Salpy and Sunil are with Jam 3 so they had four presenters there that night – wow!

 

Matt Fabb Demonstrates Sticker You PlayBook App

Salpy Kelian cooks up a storm on the PlayBook

Hugh Elliot's Movie Haiku app on the BlackBerry Playbook Tablet

Sheridan IMM Program Coordinator of Curriculum, Dan Zen, attended and is now currently creating a PlayBook app using Flash Builder Burrito – and digging the tooling.  He says, “I find it a lot easier, straight-forward and powerful compared to the xCode / Interface Builder on the Mac for iOS – but then again, I have been working with Adobe tools for years. ”  The experiences of working with Mobile can somewhat be found on the facebook – Flash to Mobile group we started.

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Photos courtesy of Michelle Messina adjusted by Dan Zen.

Sheridan Hosts the 2010 Ontario Colleges Marketing Awards with help from Animation and Interactive Multimedia (IMM) Volunteers

December 7, 2010

The three-screen setting for the OMCA Quiz Bowl

The Sheridan Faculty of Business was responsible for hosting the 2010 Ontario Colleges Marketing Awards.  Keith Barnwell approached Animation and snagged Professor David Quesnelle but realized that he wanted interactivity with an animated co-host for the Quiz Bowl.  They were led to Sheridan Interactive Multimedia and found Professor, Dan Zen (me).

Dan Zen thought to use his animating to sounds in Flash skills to make the idol mouth, eyebrows and arms animate to the voice of an unseen actor (David) behind the curtains.  Yes… very wizard of oz – prompting facebook status lines, “I am off to be the wizard”.

Osci head animates to voice at the OCMA Quiz Bowl

The Quiz Bowl was amazing!  14 teams of four students each in an energetic round robin trivia showdown!  The teams were made up of mixed Ontario College students in Business and Marketing.  What energy in the crowd with fans all dressed up and chanting and energized by vases of candy!  See the Flickr pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/danzen/sets/72157625547244278/.  Perhaps view as a slideshow.

Peggy (Questions), Keith, Dan Zen, & David

Keith, David and Dan worked hard for a few months (356 emails) creating the tools and screens to operate the Quizbowl.  Dan Zen built the tools in Flash with characters from David and direction from Keith:

  • Main Screen: Osci talking Idol Head and score board
  • Scorekeeper Tool: remotely connected to the main screen to change the scores
  • Team Screens: two team screens with bobble head Hollywood mascots and questions, answers, timer and trivia
  • Team Tool: brought mascots on and off stage, operated round robin questions and timers

Keith was the Master of Ceremonies, David was the man behind the curtain with Osci, Charlene was the scorekeeper, Dan Zen operated two computers each with dual monitors to coordinate the team screens and Joanna, a volunteer from IMM, helped keep Dan  on track.

“I felt like I was a VJ mixing sounds and videos for a crowd of ravers!  We had a curtained off booth with all this equipment and the crowd was so into the game and teams!  Wow – what an experience!” recounts Dan Zen.

Osci and the Host had banter going all the time bringing up the score board and tucking it away – commenting on scores and team mascots – like Maryln Monroe made him melt…  Dan Zen would bring teams on and off and handle questions and timers as follows:

  • Mascots are dimmed and bobble heads stopped as the question is read
  • If a team buzzes in before the question is fully read, they get a 30 second timer
  • If they get it wrong, the question is fully read and the other side gets a 15 second timer
  • If they first team gets it right, they wave flags and the timer gets put away
  • If the question is completely read initially then the question is shown on both screens and both teams have 15 seconds to buzz in
  • There are 10 questions per game and dozens of games over 4 or 5 rounds with tie breakers and extra questions
  • Teams have to go in and out on their own screens and trivia is synced across two screens

These requirements made for quite the complex tools and operations but with the right hotkeys and menus, the event went almost flawlessly.  There was a time when the question was flashed before it was read, the question was read and judges judged both teams had an opportunity to read it.  There was also a contested question reading that resulted in a rematch including extra questions.  The system handled this perfectly and it was a very proud moment to have planned so well.

Team Screen for OCMA Quiz Bowl

Here are links to the tools with the Team Screen just set to animate randomly.  The tools need to be run together in slightly special ways to work fully.

  • Main Screen: SCREEN STATES:  P – peek,  Z – nothing,  X – idol,  C – score,  V – idol & score, SPACE – toggle idol, 0-9 – volume (0 is off 9 is most sensitive),  left / right – head tilt  down – look down, up – head reset to normal,  \ – head spin.
  • ScoreKeeper Tool – (sample will not actually change the score)
  • Team Screen – need to run the Team Tool in another browser to operate Team Screen
  • Team Tool – run with the Team Screen to control the characters and questions

OCMA Quiz Bowl Team Tool

All in all, it was a wonderful experience using interactive multimedia for a presentation show like this.  It was very successful.

The skills needed to make applications like this are learned in the Sheridan one-year post grad program, Interactive Multimedia.  Sheridan also has a number of excellent animation and business/marketing programs.  It should be noted that Sheridan swept the Marketing Awards held the following night.

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Pick our Brains! Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Open House 2010

April 23, 2010

Sheridan College would like to invite you to our “Interactive Multimedia 2010” industry night.

Go to the Facebook Event Page – Please RSVP and invite others 😉

See the Graduate Website and Pick our Brains!

Here are pictures from the event – IMM Open House Pictures

We are excited to showcase a multitude of talented individuals. Our theme this year, is “Ready for the Harvest” where we would like to give you the opportunity to pick our brains. If you’re looking for interactive savvy individuals with development, design, & multimedia on the brain, (and full of zest) check us out!

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

At Function 13
Kensington Market
156 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2L5
416-840-1010

Please visit:

http://facebook.com/sheridanimm | you are welcome to like us 😉
http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca | our IMM Program site including updated course outlines

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Students Work on 3D Mobile Game for the Ontario House Pavilion at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics

February 25, 2010

Steph, Su, Nancy and Isaac with ICICONS!

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia students helped build a 3D digital game called IC3D for the Ontario House Pavilion at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. The game lets players move “ICICONS”,  Ontario attractions that have been frozen in ice, around on a 3D monitor using mobile devices as a controller.

Video of the game: http://www.sheridan3d.ca/videos

Five Blackberry smart phones were used and each player controlled one ICICON.  Once the ICICONS are put in the correct place the 3D scene advances.  3D work was done by Sheridan’s 3D Animation students.  The icons and various mobile interfaces and sound were done by our IMM students.  The 3D screen was provided by Spatial View and requires no 3D glasses.  The folks from Spatial View were guest speakers in our IMM Multimedia Pioneering course last year.  The whole project was coordinated and programmed by the Sheridan Visualization Design Institute upstairs in the SCAET building which also houses IMM.

3D Spatial View Monitor and RIM BlackBerry Smart Phones

The center of the icy sphere fills with the current icon.

Here are some thoughts from the students involved interspersed with pictures from the Olympics.  The students have been kept very busy with interviews almost daily since the launch of the game:

“We are grateful to VDI for inviting us to work on such a high profile and technologically forward thinking project. IC3D was a great opportunity for us to collaborate with talented people from diverse backgrounds. We worked closely with art directors, project managers, programmers, animators, new media specialists and fine artists, participating in the creative process from start to finish. The Visual Design Institute acknowledged our past experience, skill, talent, and ability to work independently, so we could dedicate ourselves to building a great final product. We respect the fact Sheridan works hard to promote the value of artists in the New Media industry, from programmers to fine artists.” — Sheridan IMM Team

The Ontario House Pavilion - Photo by Sheridan VDI

“IC3D project was a great opportunity for students from different discipline to collaborate with professionals. I took a part in integrating traditional illustrations with 3D game elements and it was amazing to see how everything worked out together in the end to create this beautiful interactive 3D game.” — Su Hyun Kim

“IC3D was an excellent experience for a traditional print designer making the transition into designing for digital media. Working closely with talented people from various disciplines, I was exposed to the dynamics of ‘their’ work flow, insights and challenges, thus helping me understand the overall bigger picture of what it takes to create a product of this magnitude. The team at VDI were extremely encouraging, and often welcomed new ideas and suggestions. Overall, the best part of this project was being able to collaborate with fellow classmates in a different environment and seeing how each of their own strengths and talents contributed to the success of the final product.“ – Nancy Ng

Crowd playing IC3D game at the Olympics - photos Sheridan VDI

“Working with everyone on IC3D was a lot of fun! I’m happy that, despite my lack of formal education in multimedia design, my portfolio and background in Philosophy were enough for VDI to trust I could be of value to the project. It was a great chance to learn from other students with design and fine art backgrounds. The opportunity to work closely with professionals on real projects and be involved throughout the entire creative process is essential to good education. Especially in graduate courses, it is important that students are introduced directly to professionals in the industry, and are offered opportunities for ‘real world’ experience outside the influence of the classroom.” – Steph Coleman

“Collaborating with VDI in one of Ontario Winter Olympics project was a very important first hands on experience for me in the new technologies and new media industry, coming from a pure programming background I had the chance to work and collaborate with artists from all different backgrounds. I can now understand the importance of design and functionality coming together to create a cutting edge final product. This unique experience gave me the chance to add tools to my belt that I’m sure are going to be key in my future career. I would gladly collaborate again on any VDI future project.” — Isaac Luy

More information can be found in the Sheridan Press Release.  Also, keep up with the news at the Sheridan 3D site.

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia on Oddly Toronto Digital Studio Tour

October 22, 2009

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Pictured above is the 2010 Sheridan Interactive Multimedia class (in part) at the Fall Tour of Toronto Interactive Studios arranged by Oddly Studios.

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Our first stop was Grip where we entered via slide…

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The paparazzi took shots from the bubble reception area…

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We walked the streets of Toronto on this beautiful day

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each of the six groups of about 30 saw a half dozen studios of the 20 or so fantastic studios on the tour

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who spoke about their philosophy and the state of the industry…

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Thank you Tim, the volunteers, the studios and all the students we met on this wonderful Fall Tour – cupcakes for all!

WordCamp Toronto Open Source Festival May 8-10

May 5, 2009

WordCamp was a success and a surprise.  I expected more coders for some reason and what we had was primarily marketing.  This makes sense as it became abundantly clear that we have moved into the realm of using social media to get people involved with our brands.  There were all sorts of examples given and tips on how to act.  These primarily were – be honest and get involved yourself.

http://phug.ca/wordcamptoronto/ – official site with a short summary video

http://www.flickr.com/groups/wct2009/pool/ – flickr group for pics

Here is an excerpt from the Dan Zen talk discussing Blogs content:

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Original Post:

The Toronto WordCamp is May 8-10th and you can get your tickets for $50 – amazing price… $35 for students and $185 group rate for up to 7 employees.

http://phug.ca/wordcamptoronto/

WordPress is the most popular Web content admin system famous for its bloggers and open source community.  This blog is a WordPress blog ;-)

Sounds like a great event to get our students and friends out to and you can’t beat the price.  As a matter of fact… if we can we should try and sponsor the event.  I have put in a request to marketing and we will see what happens.

Hope to see you there – leave a comment if you and a group are coming.  Oh… I am giving a talk there from a content creator standpoint at least.

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Sheridan Interactive Work at the Ontario Premier’s Innovation Awards

April 20, 2009


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Gesture interactive works developed by two groups of Sheridan Interactive Multimedia students are being displayed at the Ontario Premier’s Innovation Awards ceremony on May 15th at MaRS in Toronto.

The work will be projected on the floor and walls of the reception area and features gesture technology from Gesture Tek.  People will wave to interact with elements of our innovations. In one of the features, the names of the guests will be read from QR Code readers and placed on shapes such as atoms and wind. The letters of the name will then animate to gestures.

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The projects are two of the Sheridan Interactive Multimedia one year post grad program’s client projects where the students work in groups with live clients. Another group is working with Infusion to create prototypes for multitouch tables like Microsoft Surface. Spy Films in Toronto is also working with a group to create an interactive video installation for their walls during their 15th anniversary of their famed Media Agency Party.

PREMIER’S AWARDS

The Premier’s Innovation Awards was created to recognize and reward Ontario’s top researchers and innovators that are successfully turning global challenges into the next generation of jobs for the province.

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There are three categories of Premier’s Innovation Awards:

The Premier’s Catalyst Awards help build a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Ontario by recognizing excellence and leadership in innovation.

The Premier’s Discovery Awards celebrates the research excellence of Ontario’s most accomplished researchers.

The third category, the Premier’s Summit Award is administered by MaRS. This Award provides research support to a small number of outstanding medical researchers, helping attract them to or retain them in Ontario and enabling them to significantly expand their research programs.

IT’S ALIVE! Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Open House

April 11, 2009
Click for Interactive Invite

Click for Interactive Invite

We are having our Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Open House at Function 13 this year in Kensington Market in Toronto.  This is the home of FITO – the largest Flash User Group in the world and also FITC – one of the top digital media conferences.  As such… we are thankful for Shawn and the crew for providing a FREE FITC Ticket as a door prize!  So come on out!

The invite this year is exciting as usual.  It was created by the students and in particular Rob, Salpy and Matt with theme and organizational help from all of us.   It includes an interactive augmented reality 3D portion.  You print a page and look at the page with a Webcam and it shows a surprise 3D figure.  This is something that we will be continuing at the open house in a very amusing way 😉 and also is involved in how we give away the FITC ticket.

Here is a link to the Invite:

http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/go/openhouse2009wp

Anyone can see the invite but for the second stage with the FLAR and 3D portion you will need to have a Webcam – if you don’t or just want to take a quick look at what it is like… here is a video of professor Dan Zen trying it out:

http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/go/youtube2009wp

Please drop on by the event page in facebook and RSVP!

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IT’S ALIVE – Modeling Life…
Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Open House 2009

addEventListener…

April 22, 2009
2PM – 7PM
Function 13 Gallery (Home of FITO and FITC)
156 Augusta Ave – Kensington Market (at Dundas)
Toronto

var tech:Array = [“AS3”, “3D”, “Inverse Kinematics”, “Tilt”, “Motion Graphics”,
“AIR”, “PHP”, “MySQL”, “JQuery”, “AJAX”, “Project Management”, “Web Design”];

var apps:Array = [“Adobe CS4”, “Flash”, “DreamWeaver”,
“Photoshop”,  “Illustrator”, “Premiere”, “AfterEffects”];

All the best… Dan Zen

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Adrian Belina from Jam3 Media Gives Talk to Sheridan Interactive Multimedia

March 14, 2009
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Adrian Belina from Jam 3 Visits IMM

Adrian Belina from the award winning Jam 3 Media at http://jam3media.com came in to give a talk on Motion Graphics to the students of the Sheridan Interactive Multimedia one year post grad program.  Adrian is a co-founder of Jam 3 along with Mark McQuillan and Pablo Vio.  All three graduated the same year from Sheridan Interactive Multimedia and have gone on to form their own company in Liberty Village in Toronto.

It was great to see the motion graphics tips and tricks they use to add value to their client work.  Adrian gave a two hour talk and answer period that really solidified the learning the students have been doing in the Motion Graphics course.  We thank Adrian for his time and care to give back to educate the new generation of students.

Inventor Professor Dan Zen with Co-founder Adrian Belina from Jam 3

Professor Dan Zen with Co-founder Adrian Belina from Jam 3

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