Imagine Singapore being the next leading visual effects hub to make blockbuster hits like Spiderman, The Pirates of the Caribbean, The Golden Compass and The Incredible Hulk.
That’s what Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and IM Innovations Pte Ltd (IM) had in mind when they signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) to train a local pool of visual effects artists who want to work on regional or international blockbuster movies in future.
This momentous collaboration has paved the way for a group of 40 students taking the CG Effects Option in the Diploma in Digital Media course as the first in Singapore offered an exciting opportunity to learn to develop visual effects using the latest technology in the market. In addition to internships, students in this course can also look forward to attending talks and workshops related to visual effects and games development.
Lessons will take place in a new visual effects lab to be set up on SP campus. This high-end facility will be booted up with 50 units of CINEMA 4D Studio Bundle software packages from IM to give students the opportunity to work with a professional 3D modelling, painting, animation and rendering tools widely used by Hollywood visual effects masters.
Says Dr Timothy Chan, Director of DMIT: “The collaboration is critical in developing the creativity of our digital media students. Now they have the chance to be trained in using one of the most advanced animation and visual effects software tools, without having to go overseas.”
Mr Vincent Ong, Managing Director of IM Innovations, agreed: “We need to train talents to use the right tools right here in Singapore. Otherwise, we will not have our own visual effects artists. Neither can we attract world-class visual effects companies to do work here.”
Singapore Polytechnic has recently launched a new course called the Diploma in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics (DVEMG) which focuses on computer generated visual effects and 3D motion graphics, to ensure that Singapore is able to provide a steady stream of local talents to fill employment demands in this new niche area.