IMPORTANT UPDATE (Monday, 30th)
Many thanks again everyone for the work submitted for Virtual OPEN. The response has been so positive (thousands of pieces of work!) that we have decided to expand the original programme. There will still be a short opening event this Thursday at 18.30, but it will begin a two-week series of webinars and a design competition culminating in the launch of the immersive exhibition of your work on THURSDAY, 16th JULY. Please come back to this site for further details. We have now also launched the site for the public, and you will find details of the webinars here:
The new programme will give us time to properly integrate all the work into our software – a mammoth task now comprising more than 500,000 digital assets... – but it also gives you an extension to complete your submissions. We have had an overwhelming amount of drawings and models (not always within the 8MB per student limit!) and cannot take any more drawings or geometry, or accept changes to what has been submitted.
But we are still missing lots of Soundscapes and Audio Guides for studios, and Show Reels for students. Soundscapes make an invaluable contribution to the immersive experience of the show. We’ve had some really good, atmospheric audio tracks submitted, but lots of Studios are still missing as soundscape and this will let your studio down.
Likewise having studio tutors and/or students available to lead a tour of the exhibition represents a great opportunity to explain the work and studio themes, while visitors can look through what’s on show. It will greatly enhance the visitor experience, in a way that has never been possible before in the physical exhibition.
Finally, every exhibiting student should really have a 60 second show reel to publicise their work. They’re easy to make (give Da Vinci Resolve a go!), and as a means of promoting yourself in a very challenging job market, it might be just what you need to give you the edge. Even if you’re not a graduating student yet, you should get into the habit now, learn some software, and make a movie. It's fun. Do it now, and it can be available at the click of mouse when visitors come to enjoy the show.
We are extending the deadline at least until the end of this week to prepare Audio Guides, Soundscapes and Show Reels. Further details online, and at the opening event on Thursday. We’ll be in touch again soon.
David, Francois and the Virtual OPEN team.