THE One Academy Multimedia student, Jeremy Phun Zhe Min, created SPACER, a mind- blowing interactive experimental project that combines projection mapping and multiplayer racer game.
This project, which is aimed to bring a virtual space racing game into a physical world of 3D environment, has caught the eyes of the media and the public. Just recently, Jeremy was awarded the Best of Tertiary Student Project – Creative Multimedia for the internationally prestigious MSC Malaysia Asia Pacific ICT Awards ( MSC Malaysia APICTA).
He made it to the Grand Finale in the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards 2015 ( MSC APICTA 2015) from Nov 18 to 22, 2015, at Colombo, Sri Lanka with APICTA’s member- economies. This prestigious MSC APICTA Award 2015 is also known as the “Oscars of the ICT Arena”.
Jeremy’s ambitious thoughtfulness is projected in SPACER, where all geometrical considerations such as the terrain, altitude, dimensions and materials of his project has been painstakingly measured and experimented to achieve the desired outcome.
He was very clear with what he wanted out of the project. First, he wanted the project to be an interactive platform that goes beyond the mouse and keyboard.
He also created a space race instead of a common ground or car race. After a few trials and errors plus a huge learning curve, Jeremy succeeded in creating SPACER.
Secondly, he wanted the project to be based on exploring beyond the screen by using the projection mapping to tell the story with the different 3D surfaces. Jeremy successfully achieved different depth surfaces in the output, which illustrate the change of physics variable of the spaceship.
Users were able to feel the difference according to the different obstacles implemented in SPACER, which was able to make the game much more immersive. As an added bonus, those who had chanced upon Jeremy’s project gained interest in finding out what an interactive installation is. Based on crowd observation, the 3D interactive installation set design was able to attract much attention as it was uniquely designed.
The projected platform space track does not just act as a visual canvas, but different depths and shapes of the track surfaces interact and manipulate the physics of the gameplay differently.
“After being in a few interactive installation exhibitions, I was inspired by the interaction of people with technology where curiosity brought them fun and laughter. This made the gap between people and technology much smaller as it was able to bring many different types of people to interact with the installation regardless of age, gender or race,” said Jeremy.
“This is why I created SPACER, which is sparked from an idea to make a virtual game come alive in a real physical space. I also hope to be able to bring the joy and happiness an interactive installation is able to bring through SPACER.”
Besides SPACER, Jeremy’s group project with Kuan Sook Chiung, Ong An Chyi and Evon Yap Pui Ying entitled “Put Your Phone Down”, also qualified as a finalist in this award along with two other groups from The One Academy – Kuan Sook Chiung, Tang Mei Tang, Yap Pui Ying and Chee Shu Min for their project “Flex- O- Matic” and Ong An Chyi, Kho Giin Yaw, Wilson Foo Yung Shen and Bernadus Gerry for their project “Folklore: Sang Kancil and Buaya”.
At The One Academy, students are encouraged to take part in local and international competitions to expose themselves to the industry before they even begin their career in their respective fields.
“We are very proud of the achievements by Jeremy and the rest of The One Academy students. We hope their story will continue to inspire all our other students that despite all the challenges they may go through in The One Academy, at the end of the day, all the hard work and perseverance will pay off,” said The One Academy founder and principal Tatsun Hoi.
The One Academy, one of the leading creative institutions in the country, is committed to providing the best art education programme and continues to nurture its students by providing diploma and degree courses, namely Digital Animation with Game Development, Interior Design, Advertising and Graphic Design, Multimedia Design with New Media and Interactive Design, Illustration, Movie and Game Art, Visual Effects, ESMOD Fashion Design and Pattern Making and Fine Arts.
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Jeremy showing sPAcEr to his visitors during a recent degree show.
Msc Malaysia APIcTA 2015 Awards winner Jeremy Phun.