This project brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers capable of developing enabling technologies that facilitate digital media production processes. These processes exist across multiple platforms including film, television, and a variety of types of current and future interactive media experiences, including social networks. The establishment of an advanced team of skilled researchers will address the key obstacles in this field while encouraging growth within this bourgeoning industry in Ontario. Given the current and continuously evolving methods of capturing live-action, digital content, and related data, a need has arisen for the management and manipulation of the content and data throughout the production process. This manipulation is necessary, in the form of creative conceptualization through to delivery and archiving, as a way to facilitate innovative content creation, economic efficiencies, rapid turnaround, and increased creative collaboration. In an effort to enable consumers to use this material – delivered in new ways – for information discovery, social interaction over distance and creating emotional beauty, this project has linked two of the strongest academic centres of digital excellence in Ontario as collaborating partners: the University of Waterloo and the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. With complementary strengths in computing, the application of advanced technology, and innovative content production our partnership will directly target Ontario's innovation agenda to advance digital media and information and communication technologies, thus dramatically strengthening an industry in which Ontario must continue as a global leader.
This project focuses on the challenges and innovations for digital media from creation or capture, through to delivery and archiving. It will improve production pipeline applications for the screen-based industries (film, television, and interactive media), from concept to delivery. Through its research into live-action, animation and visual effects processes, we will enhance the convergence of these workflows. Investigation of technologies, such as 3D stereoscopic capabilities, go beyond new viewer experiences for screen-based media to enable enhanced functionalities in simulation, modeling and pre-visualization required by the designers and producers of these media and products. Growth in the types and amounts of digital media available, combined with mobile multiple platforms and social networking, has also created the need for producers to provide consumers with new ways to confidently navigate information, discover knowledge, and create user content.
By combining the ICT, information retrieval and design capabilities at the University of Waterloo with the applied research capabilities in digital workflow and content production technologies of Sheridan’s Centre for Real-Time Production (CRP) and the needs of our industry partners, we intend to: