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Tech Giant Challenges Film School with VR Project

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Tech Giant Challenges Film School with VR Project

NFTS Teams Up with AMD

London, 6th December 2016: The National Film and Television School (NFTS) is teaming up with leading graphics processor manufacturer, AMD, to deliver a series of Virtual Reality projects as part of the school’s Bridges to Industry scheme.

NFTS students and recent graduates will be among the first in the UK to access AMD’s latest Radeon™ Pro WX7100 graphic cards, which are capable of developing and driving VR experiences at a high fidelity level. The students and recent alumni will be invited to pitch and develop three projects for AMD:

1 - An interactive and immersive VR experience for Oculus or HTC headsets using real-time rendered 3D computer graphics.

2 - A 360˚ video project of up to 3 minutes that entertains and inspires.

3 – A topical, short film of up to 3 minutes on the impact of Augmented Reality (AR).

AMD plans to give the selected concepts wide exposure and show them at events around the world such as FMX, the International Animation, Effects, VR, Games and Transmedia Conference, which takes place between the 2nd and 5th of May 2017 in Stuttgart.

Says Nik Powell, NFTS Director: “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 NFTS students’ and graduates’ expertise in storytelling” says 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.”

Applications are still open for the NFTS MA in Games Design & Development and the MA in Digital Effects – deadline for applying is January 4th 2017 and the courses commence at the end of January 2017. For more information on how to apply, please visit www.nfts.co.uk

Contact for further information:

Vicky Hewlett, Head of PR and Communications, NFTS: VHewlett@nfts.co.uk