manouVR - Virtual Welding
The Centre for Education and Work (CEW) looked to VR to power a portable, gesture-based tool using tactile controls that could be used for scholastic and/or industry training. manouVR is a safe and fun way for youth to try their hand at mig-welding, and also as a training tool with the accuracy and feel that professionals demand.
Electric Monk Media provided R&D, Unity programming, 3D artwork, and project management on this VR application, plus motion control and a custom hardware interface. We demoed several prototypes at events for industry professionals, students and educators, allowing their feedback to inform refinements to the user experience and new features.
The SSHRC-funded Embodying Empathy project is a multidisciplinary critical and creative project that is using emerging digital technology to construct a virtual Canadian Indian Residential School in partnership with Survivors, Indigenous commemorative and educational agencies, archivists, scholars, and technology experts. The project is community-based and collaborative, with questions of ethics, trauma and accessibility considered in the consultation process.
Over the past four years, Electric Monk Media has participated as an industry partner, working with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and the English Media Lab at the University of Manitoba to help build and test prototypes of the IRS. Development is ongoing and production is expected to begin in 2018.
CALGARY FIREFIGHTERS BURN TREATMENT SOCIETY
Our relationship with the CFBTS goes back over ten years. Electric Monk Media is trusted with producing the CFBTS fundraising calendar and providing marketing materials for their events. The five-day shoot is heavy on fire, special effects, and creative locations with the end result always ranking amongst the top 5 firefighter calendars in the world.
Since 1978, the CFBTS has raised over $8 million for renovations, equipment and training for the Burn Treatment Centre at Foothills Hospital. Electric Monk Media is working with the CFBTS to now create video content for volunteer recruitment and social media outreach.
Excerpts from Marketing Magazine, August 10th, 2016:
“Recycle Everywhere is challenging consumers in Manitoba to take a break from Pokémon Go and try out a new augmented reality (AR) app designed to encourage recycling. Created by Dash Agency in collaboration with Electric Monk Media, the Recycling Starts Here app was designed to increase awareness of the blue recycling bins the organization operates around the province. Consumers who download the app can point their phones at any blue bin, which will prompt a digital experience that tells them what items can and can’t be recycled. The launch for the app comes just a few weeks after Pokémon Go’s massive popularity put AR technology at the forefront of mainstream consciousness.”
Electric Monk Media assembled a ten-member team to prototype a local, multi-player mobile game called Krakkenhol. We ported the game to Unity, added pathfinding, AI, 2D and 3D art, music and sound effects.
Vagabond Dog also had an artistic vision for the video trailer for Sometimes Always Monsters, and Electric Monk Media was tapped to make it a reality.
LETTERS TO OUR CHILDREN:
STORIES OF REFUGE
Directed by Leona Krahn | 50 MIN | Documentary
Produced by Krahn Communications in association with Electric Monk Media
Letters To Our Children follows women from ten different countries that write letters to explain what brought them to Winnipeg and their hopes for a future here. They attempt to express their struggles and triumphs in what becomes an illustrated book of letters to their children.
Letters To Our Children was produced by Krahn Communications in association with Electric Monk Media. Our roles included cinematography, production management, editing and post-production. The documentary had a first-window broadcast with MTS Stories from Home, a second-window broadcast with CBC Absolutely Canadian, and is distributed by Flame Distribution (Australia).