Author: Julie Giles

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    Dr. Sue Johnson

    Apr 2, 2014 4:21pm | by Julie Giles

    Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor and one of the leading innovators in the field of couples therapy. She is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 25 years of peer-reviewed clinical research. She trains therapists in EFT worldwide and consults to […]

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    Avatar Secrets Case Study at i-Docs 2014

    Mar 17, 2014 3:20pm | by Julie Giles

    Writer/director, Ramona Pringle, is heading to Bristol, UK this week where she’ll be presenting a case study at i-Docs 2014, a two-day event dedicated to the rapidly evolving field of interactive documentary. Avatar Secrets: A Case Study takes place March 21st from 2:50 – 3:35 pm, in Cinema 1 at the Watershed Media Centre. The […]

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    Welcome To The ‘Making Of’ Avatar Secrets

    Mar 17, 2014 1:26pm | by Julie Giles

    Welcome to the ‘making-of’ Avatar Secrets, an exclusive look behind-the-scenes for subscribers to our e-newsletter. For the next six months, we’ll follow the creative team through the final production stages to the launch of this ground-breaking interactive documentary. By sharing the animatic renders, character sketches, illustrations and storyboards that provide the artistic foundation of the […]

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    From Storyboard To Animation: A Q&A With Ramona Pringle

    Mar 17, 2014 1:24pm | by Julie Giles

    In this second instalment of Avatar Secrets ‘Making Of’, we’re looking at how Chapter 3, Scene 6 progresses from storyboard to animation. As anyone who has worked in animation or film production knows, the storyboard is an essential tool. Not only does it allow the director to get a sense of the way the movie […]

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    The Future of the Graphic Novel, Pages Festival + Conference

    Mar 12, 2014 3:50pm | by Julie Giles

    Writer/director, Ramona Pringle will be part of a panel on ‘The Future of the Graphic Novel’, during the 2014 Pages Festival + Conference. Theme for the three day event is UNBOUND: Exploring the Evolving Word. Conference events are held at the Tranzac Club, Toronto. ‘The Future of the Graphic Novel’ looks at a rare growth […]

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    Jessica Hammer

    Mar 10, 2014 10:00am | by Julie Giles

    Jessica Hammer is a professor, researcher and veteran game designer. She studies how games can change the way people think, feel, and behave. Jessica received a master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU and her BA in Computer Science from Harvard University. She works in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University and Columbia University as well […]

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    Stephen Gillett

    Mar 3, 2014 11:17am | by Julie Giles

    “I hired to my weaknesses. I looked for complementary skills to my own.” — Stephen Gillett Stephen Gillett is highly regarded for his creativity, innovation and commitment to developing unparalleled customer experiences as a technology and business leader. He rose to become a CIO-plus at Starbucks, in addition to being the executive vice president of […]

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    Tiffany Shlain

    Feb 10, 2014 12:16pm | by Julie Giles

    “I sometimes imagine that every post, tweet, and text is flooding the planet with oxytocin, making us more empathetic and more inclined to share and collaborate. Maybe this is why collaboration is on the rise.”  — Tiffany Shlain, The Harvard Business Review Tiffany Shlain is an American filmmaker, artist, founder of the Webby Awards, and […]

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    The Fountain Scene: Q&A With The Creative Team – Ramona Pringle, Michaele Jordana & Olney Atwell

    Feb 5, 2014 9:00am | by Julie Giles

    In this instalment of Avatar Secrets ‘Making Of’, we’re examining one of the first scenes to be rendered in full — The Fountain Scene. The scene begins with a live action sequence of Ramona in her room and quickly morphs into an elaborate animated landscape as the viewer transitions from the real into the virtual […]

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    In Conversation With Illustrator Michael Derrah

    Feb 5, 2014 8:55am | by Julie Giles

    Director Ramona Pringle chatted with Avatar Secrets illustrator Michael Derrah about developing the project’s hand-drawn style and a “2.5D” feeling of depth, created out of flat assets. They talk about how the Fountain Scene —  the first scene that was rendered for the project’s prototype came to life, and how Mike worked with the rest […]