Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today. —Robert McKee
Stories are one of the oldest art forms of entertainment and communication for conveying culture, values and identity. In other words, Stories have power. Its this unique quality and understanding which gives art true importance and values. The picture can tell a thousand words but an environment can speak a million. Virtual reality and storytelling are bridging a nexus for new innovative entertainment and art, it co-exists as a part of my daily life and my goals. I have been challenged by this new media and find purpose in my projects through the power of creativity. I believe this is the future, which is here to stay and a tool with the potential to involve people from all walks of life, by using art, stories and virtual reality. This is make-believe. To make change.
So after working through a hard day of make-believe, I like to relax and kick back with my creations and ask myself, how can I tell a good story?
My name is Alex Haining and Im a VR environment and interactive design artist.
Working towards a Bachelor of Science degree through this course has helped me to develop a comprehensive knowledge of the technologies involved in the creation and delivery of digital media. With the gained appreciation of the theory, application and cultural context for the use and development of new media, giving confidence to critique and explore new areas as they are developed. During my studies, I've gained expertise in the use of computer-based authoring tools to create, video, 2D and 3D media, as well as exploring physical computing and human-computer interaction. I have continued to build upon my knowledge, choosing a specialist route and focusing on the areas of expertise whilst developing own authentic style.
Final Year Project & Dissertation – I’m creating a 3D environment to educate upon the marine coral ecosystem due to the impacts of climate change. The pieces purpose is to educate the user and give an empathetic insight into the user’s motivations by using VR as a tool for conservation.
Year 3: Digital Storytelling | 3D Modelling |Motion Graphics | Design Thinking and Doing | 3D Animation | Visual Effects | Scripting for Interactive Media | Responsive Environments |
Year 4: Honours Project | Professional Identity through Portfolio Development | Scripting for Interactive Media | Visual Effects Storytelling |Creative Computing
Led by senior VFX artist Dr Jin Zhi along with world-leading VFX Facilities: MPC, Frame store and DreamWorks. Who offered invaluable lessons in Industry practises such as production pipelines, tasks, roles, techniques and current trends in the VFX industry. I also had the privilege to attend live Q&A sessions with the artists from each company for a deeper learning experience. My next step this summer is to complete my mentorship with the production challenges and activities.
Key Skills: VFX Pipelines | Feature film Concept Art| Rotoscoping & Cleaning plates| Matte Painting| 3D Layout | Previsualisation | 3D Animation & Modelling | FX | Technical Director (Rigging) | Lighting & Look Development | Compositing |