The Hollywood movie “Interstellar” saw calls from eminent science journals for it to be shown in schools. Why? Because top scientists said it accurately showed wormholes in space. The partners in the new Create Converge project celebrated this news because it's a story of creative technology working in partnership with science to entertain, educate and inform.
Create Converge is led by Dundee City Council. A showcase at the Scottish Parliament on February 21 will feature a virtual reality experience created by partner, Abertay University and a specially commissioned showreel being produced by regional film maker and diving camera person, Lindsay Brown to highlight the opportunities. It will also be a chance to see ground breaking work by Abertay that uses a mix of animation and games technology to help consultants and patients ‘see’ and weigh up the effects of treatment on the body.
Creative technologies are seeing increasing convergence. Using the perfect mix is invaluable for helping people to enjoy content, understand information and interact with it. Beyond entertainment, they offer applications for training, service delivery and marketing.
People could watch a film about ocean diving, get more information on different habitats and then try a virtual dive, all from the safety of the sofa. Even for experienced divers, they could learn about equipment before installing it underwater. Companies selling equipment could promote it and demonstrate how it works all in glorious 3D or virtually using a headset.
The project brings together nine partners in countries round the North Sea, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, England and Scotland. It taps into their wider networks to deliver on the promise of converging creative technologies.
Started in summer 2016, the project is all about animation, live action, visual effects, virtual reality and games producers collaborating with each other and with all kinds of sectors from architecture to fashion, energy to medicine. The project will also capitalise on the growing expertise in Dundee, Scotland and across the North Sea Region towards being an internationally recognised hub for converging creative production and services.
Councillor Will Dawson, Dundee City Council spokesperson on European issues and a vice chair of ESEC, The East of Scotland European Consortium, said:
“We’re delighted to be leading on this project with such a dynamic group of European partners. It will be a great showcase for talent in Dundee, offer a platform for people to collaborate and help all kinds of companies make the most of exciting new tools to help grow their business.”
Create Converge is delighted to have been invited by ESEC to take part in the showcase. The project is managed by Dundee City Council and its industry development offices, Digital Dundee and FifeScreen+TayScreen. It was devised in cooperation with the partners. Create Converge is supported by the EU North Sea Interreg VB Programme.