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Our research explores the design of imaginary spaces for entertainment and education including worldbuilding, character design development and narrative structure. We also engage in game and play theory as a method of interactive engagement.
Our award-winning researchers in cinematography have expertise in camera control, steadicam, colour grading, and lighting.
We explore how storytelling can be harnessed to better communicate messages of social and cultural significance. Our research encompasses two-dimensional and three-dimensional narrative-based media for print, interactive, time-based, and spatial environments.
Our researchers in sound engineering and audio production have recorded and engineered albums that are celebrated in New Zealand and around the world. They investigate novel ways to deploy the studio for making music for the 21st century. We have expertise in film audio, voice overs, ADR and foley.
Visual effects are the processes by which imagery is created and/or manipulated outside the context of a live-action shot. Our researchers are experienced artists and engineers with expertise in particle effects, compositing, and dynamics simulation.
Daffodils is a bittersweet musical love story told with beautiful re-imaginings of the most iconic New Zealand songs ever written. Touted as New Zealand’s first musical film, creative media lecturer Mathew Knight is Director of Photography.
As an experienced character setup artist, Justin helped transfer Rovio’s immediately recognisable 2D character aesthetic, into an elaborate 3D world. Justin worked with a small team of engineers and artists in Sony Pictures’ Vancouver and LA offices to establish new workflows for producing digital character assets that met the demands of a world-renowned animation team.
Creative media lecturer Justin Rotolo is a CGI artist with years of experience with visual effects and animation studios in the USA and UK. He worked in Framestore to solve the unique technical challenges presented by Gravity, an Academy Award and BAFTA winning film. Justin’s work helped establish new workflows for achieving the large scale and seamless integration of weightless actors in photorealistic digital space environments.