Crown­ing achieve­ment

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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.

For fur­ther queries, e- mail en­quiry@ toa. edu. my or visit www. toa. edu. my.

Jeremy show­ing sPAcEr to his vis­i­tors dur­ing a re­cent de­gree show.

Msc Malaysia APIcTA 2015 Awards win­ner Jeremy Phun.

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