Virtual reality (VR) companies are continually challenging content creators to come up with new new experiences to inspire and push the next wave of storytelling. The latest comes from AMD, challenging The National Film and Television School (NTFS) and its students to create a series of VR projects as part of the school’s Bridges to Industry scheme.
Through the project NFTS students will be among some of the first in the UK to use AMD’s new Radeon Pro WX7100 graphic cards, designed (among other things) to drive VR experiences at high visual levels.
AMD is inviting the students and recent alumni to pitch for three projects. These are:
- An interactive and immersive VR experience for Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headsets, using real-time rendered 3D computer graphics.
- A 360-degree video project of up to three minutes that entertains and inspires.
- A topical, short film of up to three minutes on the impact of augmented reality (AR)
Ni Powell, NTFS Director said in a statement: “Filmmakers, television producers and games developers are all exploring the possibilities presented by 360 video, VR and AR as well as the creative and technical challenges in producing something that genuinely makes use of the additional level of viewer interaction. This series of projects set by AMD is a fantastic opportunity for our students and graduates to explore these new technologies and think differently about how a story can be told.”
“We are delighted to support this new initiative to combine our technological expertise with NTFS students’ and graduates’ expertise in storytelling,” commented Roy Taylor, CVP at AMD and Chairman, BAFTA VR Advisory Group. “We believe storytelling is the key to the success of these new technologies which is why it’s so important to work with a prestigious, creative institution like the NFTS. We look forward to seeing the results.”
Once completed, AMD plans to showcase the concepts at events around the world including: FMX; and the International Animation, Effects, VR, Games and Transmedia Conference which takes place in Stuttgart, Germany, from 2nd – 5th May 2017.
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