AFTRS offers new courses in virtual world

The changing face of the Australian film industry has seen Australian Film Television and Radio School opening the doors at a new venue and a slew of new courses.

The changing face of the Australian film industry has seen Australian Film Television and Radio School opening the doors at a new venue and a slew of new courses.

As well as the traditional subjects such as directing and producing, students can now study courses involving the creation of video games, exploring virtual worlds and courses in new digital media.

Speaking with the Australian, he school’s director of digital media, Peter Giles, says students will look at the creation of 3-D worlds that might be shared by a film and a game.

“Eventually games are going to be designed in the same virtual space as the film will be,” he says, citing James Cameron’s sci-fi movie Avatar that will be released in 3-D next year.

“They’re launching the massive multi-player game prior to the feature film,” Giles says. “People will get to inhabit that world before they see the film.” Another new course focuses on designing video games, adding the skills of a live-action writer and director to a booming sector that is no longer just catering for teenage boys, especially since the advent of the Wii platform. It is hoped there will be a cross-pollination between film and video games that will bring the country success in both fields.”

Source: The Australian

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