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.