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Singapore Poly ties up with award-winning creative house

Among the new initiatives born from this collaboration is the launch of the new option "Computer Generated Effects" in the Diploma in Digital Media course


Do you have a keen interest in film animation and visual effects? Soon, there'll be another course option in SP just for CG-lovers just like you.

Today, Singapore Polytechnic's School of Media & Info-Communications Technology (SMIT) announced the launch of the new option, "Computer Generated Effects" in the Diploma in Digital Media course. The CG Effects Option will equip students with skills to meet the demand for creative talents in visual effects especially in the integration of CG content and live action.  It will combine the art of creating CG content with the craft of filmmaking.

Digital Media students will also have opportunities to hone their skills in the production studios of a multi-award winning creative company, Infinite Frameworks (IFW).

Under the Memorandum of Co-operation signed today between SMIT and IFW - and witnessed by Guest-of-Honour Mr Seto Lok Yin, Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Industry) Media Development Authority - students will be able to work on real-world projects in full-fledged post-production facilities in 3D animation, games development and visual effects and many other aspects in the film industry.

SMIT has collaborated with IFW on numerous occasions in the past.

Students have gone on a study field trip to the IFW production studio in Batam, Indonesia to understand and learn what goes on behind the scenes in a real film production environment.

IFW has also taken in student interns to work on various projects such as the action packed reality style documentary called "Seascape". During the shoot, students worked with the film crew to go into swampy areas to record footage for the film.

In 2006, a team of students were involved in the scratch recording for the animated film, "Sing to the Dawn". More recently, both staff and students were roped in for the production work in areas of animation and game development for the movie.

IFW has also sent some of their staff specializing in Visual Effects (such as Shawna Olwen who worked on films such as Titantic and The Mask) to SMIT to assist in shaping of the Diploma in Digital Media curriculum.

At the signing ceremony, reputed animator Mr Steven Read, who worked on the Oscar-winning animated feature "Happy Feet", shared his experiences on animation, CG effects and filmmaking to the 240 digital media students present. Steven is currently the Computer Graphics Supervisor of "Sing to the Dawn".

Another distinguished speaker, Mr Freddie Yeo, co-founder of IFW also shared his experiences about the film industry.

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