The Future Of Entertainment

Make a choice: Do you want to engage with your media passively or actively?

[Source Photos: THE POST- RILEE LOCKHART- example of the choice.]

Interactive storytelling is a form of digital entertainment in which the story line is not predetermined. The author creates the setting, characters, and situation which the narrative must address, but the user experiences a unique story based on their interactions with the story world.This allows us to build complex narratives that include loops, guiding viewers back to the main story when they strayed too far, giving them a chance of a do-over.

NETFLIX BRANCHES OUT

The December 2018 premiere of Netflix’s Black Mirror Bandersnatch offered consumers a new way to experience the entertainment they’re watching. What viewers might see as a simple choice, such as which breakfast cereal a character begins the day with, could affect the whole show’s story line. There are other choices to make as well, some of which change the plot, and some of which may not.

Viewers aren’t watching these interactive films just once. Rather, they are watching them over and over again to find each ending and post maps of the plot lines. I think I sat on my couch for nearly three hours straight trying to find all of Bandersnatch’s choices as it followed a programmer and designer through the process of game development.

[Source Photos: ETSY- dice used in DnD to play an interactive storytelling game.]

CONTROLLING YOUR OWN DESTINY

Dungeons & Dragons provides a way to understand and expand what Bandersnatch explores. Role-playing games let players pick characters with multiple traits, such as strength, health and special skills, and work together to achieve story-driven goals.

Role-playing games started with players gathered around a table, keeping notes on paper and rolling dice to incorporate the role of chance and probability into the adventure. A human game master coordinated everything, keeping track of what was happening and working with players to advance their stories and the overall plot of the adventure.

ILLUSION OF CHOICE

With Bandersnatch, Netflix used software to process viewers’ choices and deliver the appropriate video. When watching and “playing,” I wondered if there were too few choices. The show offered only two choices of breakfast cereal, and the viewer couldn’t choose to skip breakfast, make eggs, or open the freezer to grab some ice cream. But maybe there’s a very good reason for these constraints.

FUTURE OF INTERACTIVE MEDIA

There will be more interactive movies. Netflix has built its own software for Bandersnatch, which it can use for other stories too. There are already several addictive interactive kids’ shows, including Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck.

Gamers are already familiar with this style of film, interactivity, and branching narrative. Cinematic video games, like Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain, let players make choices in dialog and other cinematic aspects, all of which alter the endings. 

As technology continues to grow and expand, so do movies. Choosing your own ending adds a twist and excitement to entertainment today and will be the future of Media. 

The Interactive Media Arts Program

The Interactive Media Arts program is a course at Assiniboine Community College. It covers a wide array of material so taking this course gives you a large list of selections for potential career paths to pursue.

There are classes for audio editing, writing skills, coding, art history, video editing, and creating digital images all using the latest software available from Adobe’s Creative Cloud.

In audio, you don’t just learn about editing it. You’ll learn how to professionally record audio and about the many tricks using Adobe Audition, while learning the history and techniques of sounds used in movies, video games, and other entertainment industries. Such as Foley sounds. Foley sounds are when you recreate a sound using easier to manage means. For example, bacon while it’s sizzling sounds incredibly similar to pouring rain.

In writing skills, you learn the proper way to write business emails, emails, and how to conduct yourself during an interview in this industry. As well as how to properly fill in an accident form. The business world is sophisticated and complicated but in writing skills we learn how to decipher all that and how to use it ourselves.

In coding, you learn how to create websites. Everything from just the simple text to the search and form boxes that users will fill out. There are many ways to reach each solution and never just one right path to follow.

In art history, you learn how art became what it is and how vast and varied each form of art can be. And how it tied in with current political drama or important events in each time period. As well as many important artists, their works, and how they impacted artists around them and the art community as a whole.

In video editing we also learned about photography and industry level filming techniques as well as how to put together footage using Premiere Pro. Lighting techniques, how to set up and use a camera, what each setting in a camera means and how to tweak it to reach your desired effect.

In digital design you will create all sorts of projects using all sorts of Adobe programs. Pamphlets in Photoshop, logos and icons in Illustrator, animations in After Effects, and company cards in Indesign. By far, the most creative and artistic class.

The variety of classes is amazing and each class itself gives so many creative outlets in its projects.


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How AirPods Changed the Game

Remember the days before you would spot your fellow friends and acquaintances walking about their day with their ears stuffed with what looked like cotton balls?

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Wireless Headphones Are A Thing!?

Or perhaps you’re one of the new additions to the club of wireless headphones falling out of your ears as you meander through life.  Whether you’re in the club or not, you’ve definitely noticed how Airpods have not only dominated the market but also make it a lot harder for you to tell if your friends are actually listening to you when you’re speaking to them. 😉

Photo Credit: Apple

I Feel So Fresh With These In!

Obnoxious looking but perhaps one of the most useful pieces of tech to change in recent years, if you have wireless headphones, you’re most likely never going back to the wired versions.  Airpods in particular by Apple have really taken off with their design and style. Not only did they dominate the market and set the standard, they’ve created a whole new market with their Airpods.  

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A Market Within Itself

These AirPod cases are basically a whole new market that came out of the wireless headphones craze!  Even if you don’t own a pair of the coveted headphones, there’s a good chance you’ve seen many advertisements for the cases that store them.  From trendy and fashionable cases to the tacky and weird, there is a case out there that suits everyone or a case out there for every situation a person might want one for.  Essentially, you’re not just walking around with your hearing tools plugged in like you’re on a mission, you’re now accessorizing the handbag for your ear plugs to show off your style and give your little ear buddies a place to nestle in and call home.

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Hmm.. How Much & Is It Worth It?

Now as cool as the Airpods are, the cost price has them at a place where not everyone can have easy accessibility to owning them.  At a price tag starting at $200, an average Joe may have to budget away a little in order to own a pair. Essentially as much as everyone who has ever tried them would want them, they aren’t a typical $40 pair of headphones that you can just shovel out some cash on and call it a day.  They are costly and there is no guarantee they’re going to last forever or you’re not going to break them (luckily you won’t have to worry about snagging a cord and ruining them anymore) but most owners will tell you they’re well worth the investment.

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Wear ‘Em Like A Champion.

Whether it’s going to the gym, participating in some sports event, toiling away at work, lounging around or just walking from one place to the other, you’ll notice just how comfortable the Airpods are.  They give the user a sense of satisfaction within themselves, an elite status feeling to some. So now there is another way to look dialed in to your friends and family while still giving off the sense you’re listening…  multitasking is cool.😎 

Experiencing Interactive Media Arts

When it started for me, I wasn’t sure if this course was something I was going to be interested in for the rest of my two year student life.

I was out of the province and a days drive away when I received the text, followed by what felt like hundreds of emails confirming I had been enrolled in the Interactive Media Arts course at Assiniboine Community College. But once I had found a place to live, I realized it was too late to go into hiding and pretend post-secondary education didn’t exist.

A Packed Suitcase
Photo by Craig Adderley from Pexels

The Start

Despite my doubt and anxiety I still decided to show up on the first day of classes (the orientation the week before didn’t really count). While getting to know my teachers was pretty simple, the people considered classmates took a bit longer to break the ice with.

The days quickly became weeks, and then evolved further more into months. As it stands I have now spent around 6 months in this program. While the coding work is a bit of a drag and struggle, the other courses have interested me enough to keep me invested and trying to succeed.

Code – From Pexels

The Work

Aside from some minor classes such as video editing and audio recording/manipulation, the main attraction of this course for anyone with an interest in design, would be the Adobe classes. Several classes are dedicated to teaching and experimenting with the Adobe suite of design tools, including Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and InDesign.

As stated above, this courses work load can be a bit of a struggle. Due to my lack of research into the materials and the workload, I had no idea this would involve as heavy work as coding. Coding is what I would describe as the bane of my courses workload. However, if it’s something that someone would want to pursue then I would recommend it, I personally know successful graduates of this program who excelled at it.

Photoshop Illustrator After Effects InDesign

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The Outcome

Still enrolled, 6 months later, the doubts completely absent from the thoughts in my head, actually thinking I fit in for once in the education aspects of my life.

As someone who never sought out post-secondary I will wholeheartedly say it’s worth the experience, and you may end up enjoying yourself and the work given.

And best of all, you might get lucky like me and meet the friends you finally feel are worth keeping.

A Story from an IMA student

The Interactive Media Arts Experience

The Interactive Media Arts is a fun and exciting program for students attending the Assiniboine Community. It’s the perfect program for people who are looking to create and design.

check it out here!

https://assiniboine.net/programs/interactive-media-arts

Things You Might Need

The classes involve a lot of creating and designing, like A LOT. Some of the main projects have you sketch out your ideas on a sketchbook, which is always good to have because going straight into designing on your laptop or computer isn’t always the best idea, I would know because I always did that, then I would have a little bit of a struggle trying to perfect my ideas on my laptop because I had already went diving straight into digital. So take my advice and “BRING A SKETCHBOOK!”. It’s probably recommended that you bring your own personal laptop for some software programs to download so that you can work on assignments and projects. Some of the Applications that you might need are Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Audition, and Premiere Pro, basically all of Adobe’s applications. It’s crazy how much Adobe Software we use in this program. This Program is very tech related so you can expect a lot of electronic devices and equipment. you’ll be spending most of the time using the Mac computers to hone your digital craft.

Adobe Applications that are used in this program

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My Time With The Instructors and Classmates

The Instructors are very educational people. The Instructors really know their stuff when it comes to teaching and guiding the students especially someone like me who is always confused when we learn something new. If you’re ever having trouble don’t be afraid to ask your classmates, after all we are all in the same group taking this program.

Working with your classmates in this program was very helpful for getting feedback and comparing your assignment and projects, being able to see your classmates work is very interesting to see their design process and how they went from a sketch on on a book to a digital design on the Mac computers or windows computers depending on which you prefer to use. Being in the same class and program, you will likely become friends with the amount of time you spend in class.

With all the classmates you have, they are more than willing to help you if you have a problem on a assignment or project and if your like me who is terrible at coding, there are others who are leagues better. And if you aren’t sure about design layout or picture you are creating, by all means ask a classmate and be sure to ask which design they would prefer if you’re having a tough time deciding from two or multiple designs. Of course the Instructors are ALWAYS more than willing to critique and give feedback on your work and fix the small or big mistakes you might make along the way.


What’s So Great About the IMA Program?

The Interactive Media Arts program at Assiniboine Community College is a wonderful program for those looking to expand their horizons and make a name for themselves in the interactive media business. From audio editing and media writing to video editing and graphic design, the Interactive Media Arts program provides students with the vital skills that they’ll need if they want to become successful moving forward in an electronic media career.

Interactive Media Arts Logo – by Merissa Mayhew

The future of business is online, so the IMA program is the perfect way to secure an important set of skills in order to give yourself a prosperous future. Throughout the course you will learn essential skills such as writing professional emails, filling out incident reports, and creating an in depth resume to help you secure jobs in the future. You also learn job specific skills such as video editing and capturing, audio editing and capturing, website design standards and coding, and understanding as well as making art. The skills you are taught are industry standard skills and will prove to be very useful assets to anybody looking for a future job in interactive media.

Throughout the course you will also learn how to use industry standard tools and programs to create your online media such as, but not limited to:

  • Adobe Photoshop – used for professionally editing visual digital media using various tools to achieve the desired outcome when making flyers, posters, advertisements, various other marketing materials, and essentially any other content that could use a touch up. Photoshop is useful for miniscule edits to make your media more appealing as well as large scale projects where you create your own masterpiece.
  • Adobe Illustrator – useful for creating your own assets and designs for anything ranging from icons and logos to full on works of art. If you are particularly fond of creating your own personalized art in a digital medium it is one of the best tools that you can have in your repertoire.
  • Adobe InDesign – InDesign is a perfect tool if you want to design a layout for an article or other form of print or online text, it does one job, but it does it very well.
  • Sublime Text – it is one of many tools used for website design and coding, allowing the user to input their code and test it out online, it doesn’t do anything special, but it is a very useful program nonetheless.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro – an extremely useful tool for video editing that provides you with everything that you need to create an amazing video masterpiece. Premiere Pro allows the user to cut, combine, add effects to your videos, and export your videos to a whole bunch of different formats.

The IMA program is a fun and informative way to gain knowledge on different media making techniques and strategies and I would highly recommend it to anybody looking to get into a job in anything related to interactive media.

Great things about Assiniboine Community College’s Interactive Media Arts program.

This is the official logo for the Interactive media arts program.

The Interactive media arts program is a great choice for graduating high school students that want to attend Assiniboine community college if your interests include:

  • Gaming – 3D, VR (Virtual Reality) or Game developer
  • Art – Logo and Icon design, digital art.
  • Coding – Website development, website coding in html and java script.
  • Video: editing-capturing
  • Music – audio editing
  • Website Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • here are some of the Adobe Creative Cloud apps you will be familiar within the Interactive media arts program.
  • Acrobat DC – for reliably viewing, printing, and commenting on PDF documents.
  • After Effects – for creating motion graphics and visual effects for film, TV, video, & the web. 
  • Audition – is used for Mixing, editing, and creating audio content.
  • Bridge –  asset management app
  • Dreamweaver – is for Designing , coding, and publishing websites.
  • Flash Builder – an eclipse platform that speeds development of rich Internet applications and cross-platform desktop applications
  • Flash – for using content created on the Adobe Flash platform, including viewing multimedia contents.
  • Illustrator – used for creating logos and icons
  • Incopy – It works with Adobe InDesign. When InDesign is used to publish printed material, including newspapers and magazines.
  • Lightroom -image organization and image manipulation.
  • Muse – is an offline website builder that allows to create fixed, fluid, or adaptive websites without having to write the code. 
  • InDesign – used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, presentations, books and ebooks.
  • Photoshop –  raster graphics editing and image editing
  • Premiere Pro – Video editing
  • Speed Grade – is a colour grading application that delivers layer-based colour correction, mostly for editors, filmmakers and after effect designers.
  • Stock – royalty-free stock images, photos, graphics, vectors, video footage, illustrations, templates.

The Interactive media arts program changes frequently to better reflect the Interactive media industry to help better prepare the students for Assiniboine Community College.

Here is some reasons why the IMA program is helpful for finding a career.

  • A chance to indulge your creativity and help your designs stand out to gain industry attention – assisting you on fulfilling your full potential.
  • Connecting you to the industry – helping you get familiar with how the industry works for future employment.
  • To help excel in multimedia career – gets you familiar with skills in the Interactive media industry.
  • To become a content creator – gives you the necessary skills to create your own online content and get revenue.
  • Learning how to make your art leave an impact in the industry – learning how to make meaningful and impactful art.
  • Opportunities for a job in the work field – the practicum that comes in the second year of the program helps you gain industry knowledge.
  • Preparing you for your future – helping you get the skills that help you get employed.
  • Finding out what you wanna excel at in the IMA program – helps you find your strong suit for the Interactive media arts program and increases your proficiency.

The Interactive media arts program is a great way to gain industry knowledge and for your future employment in the career you choose.

Future site of Maryland Park School

News for April 25th, 2019

New K-8 School

Premier Brian Pallister is following up on a promise to build a school in the Wheat City.

Premier Brian Pallister

Courtesy of gov.mb.ca – Premier Brian Pallister

The new school – named Maryland Park – is scheduled to be open in the Fall of 2020.

Brian Pallister was quoted today saying that the new school was to accommodate the growth of Brandon during the last twenty years.  He also thanked the City of Brandon and the Brandon School Division for their involvement.

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Sound you can See!

If your into music as much as I am, you go crazy  when you see an new piece of equipment, all the lights and the buttons attorney things play Christmas walking into a music store just one Christmas present that I would encourage you to check out it’s called the  Roland M5000.

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Why Adobe Creative Cloud is so great

Are you tired of having to pay for individual Adobe Programs because of how expensive each application is? Do you ever think, “I wish there was a way to get more out of my money by just spending a bit more money for something bigger and better?” Well I have a solution for you! Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe Creative Cloud is an application which everyone in the Interactive Media Arts program whether Interactive or Media all have and all need to purchase in the beginning of the program in the first semester. This application has all of your graphic designer, video editing, web design and many other needs along with mobile applications.

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The IMA (Interactive Media Arts) Program and Why I Love it.

The IMA program is a very comprehensive and fun course to take, I’ve been in the program for over half a year at this point and I’ve gone from knowing nothing about graphical and sound designing to video editing before I had even came here and from the courses here I’ve learned so much about them and I still continue to learn more and find new tricks to help me work on and do my assignments.

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It’s About The Wonderful Animals Here At The Brandon Humane Society

Our family pets, like dogs and cats, have become important in our lives. They are there to comfort us when we are feeling down, entertain us with their funny moments, and most of all they have become our family.

However, there are animals out there that are being mistreated or worse abandoned, and not getting the same love or have the same comfort of living in a safe environment.

This is why humane societies such as the Brandon Humane Society are around to bring these mistreated animals in and give them a second chance of finding a forever home.

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The Big Decision

For first year students, deciding what field you want to specialize in can be a difficult decision.  For Interactive Media Arts students, prior to registering for the program, there were two different sides: Interactive and Media.  Now that we’re in the month of April, both the Media and Interactive students have another decision to make.

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A Call to Action

So, imagine this: we are at the start of the second year, life is good. But you feel like you want to get more experience. Of course, you have the opportunity at WCGTV. But maybe that isn’t your speed, well look no further I have a solution. We have a hidden gem nobody seems to talk about, our sports programs. You often see the sports at ACC are so underwhelmingly covered.

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Applying Our Skills

We first year students finally got to use our technical skills in a more real world situation at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.  At the beginning of the year, most of us didn’t even know how to use a DSLR or Adobe Premiere Pro.  It’s now the near end of the first year and we have learned much as Interactive Media Arts students.

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Connecting with Google

The use of Google Classroom has made education more convenient than ever.  It wasn’t that long ago when I attended classes where the professor would use actual chalk on an olden days object known as a “chalkboard” and used it to write down important notes.  Google’s Apps for Education is a series of applications designed for schools to help them communicate with their students…and it is quite helpful.

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