ON SCREEN MANITOBA, WILLIAM F. WHITE INT’L AND NEW MEDIA MANITOBA ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP: MOBILE MEDIA LAB BRINGS STATE OF THE ART IMMERSIVE AND INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGY TO MANITOBA INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
WINNIPEG – May 17, 2017 – On Screen Manitoba, William F. White Int’l and New Media Manitoba are proud to announce the launch of an innovative co-venture that will put key digital media production tools in the hands of Manitoba content creators and game designers. The Mobile Media Lab, made possible through a $135,000 contribution from Western Economic Diversification Canada and in-kind contributions from Whites, OSM and NMM, will allow Manitoba linear and interactive media producers and designers to experiment with new technologies and produce cutting-edge digital media projects.
The Mobile Media Lab offers state-of-the-art immersive and interactive equipment including the Nokia OZO Virtual Reality Camera with 360-degree audio and video capture. OZO is the world’s first professional Virtual Reality camera. Three full body textile motion capture suits will enhance opportunity to develop Manitoba’s capacity in 3D animation for films, video games and television projects. Industry professionals will also have the opportunity to explore augmented reality project development using a Hololens. In addition to traditional filming environments, the lab also features mobile rental services, allowing producers and designers to test and create on location and in their own spaces. On Screen Manitoba and New Media Manitoba will be providing a series of equipment orientation sessions, development accelerators and creation labs led by industry leaders in collaboration with local organizations.
The purpose of the Lab is to accelerate prototyping and IP development using emerging immersive and interactive technology. Lab equipment will be made available at preferential rates for members of On Screen Manitoba, New Media Manitoba, and other related non-profits.
“Manitoba has proven time and again that it is in the forefront of creativity. On Screen Manitoba is pleased to lead this partnership with Whites Winnipeg and New Media Manitoba and facilitate opportunity for Manitoba’s content creators, producers and designers to access state of the art equipment,” said Nicole Matiation, On Screen Manitoba Executive Director.
“This partnership with On Screen Manitoba and New Media Manitoba further solidifies Whites’ unwavering commitment to remain innovative leaders of our industry,” said Whites’ Chairman/CEO Paul Bronfman. “The Mobile Media Lab will be the ideal workspace for Manitoba’s production professionals to visit and learn using the most cutting-edge virtual reality equipment available.”
“New Media Manitoba is excited to be partnering with On Screen Manitoba and Whites Winnipeg to bring this cutting-edge technology to Manitoba’s interactive digital media and linear production industries,” said Louie Ghiz, New Media Manitoba’s Executive Director. “With the notable emergence of Virtual Reality development in Manitoba, we are looking forward to seeing the province’s considerable, deep talent pool create innovative products as a result of this collaboration.”
The Mobile Media Lab equipment will be available as of June 1, 2017 and includes: