Immersive Experiences

To really get a feel for what an immersive experience is, Sally took our group to a number of museums in Hull’s old town. Whilst going around the museums, she stopped us in different rooms where we discussed what was good about each part, and what needed improvement in order for it to become ‘immersive’- the museum that needed the most work done to it in order for it to be an immersive experience was the William Wilberforce Museum, which was not very interesting and was overloaded with information rather than other educational outlets that could have been used. For example, the character of Wilberforce House has been completely removed, and it could have been a great tool to place the visitors into a setting that wouldn’t be out of place at the time William Wilberforce was alive. Another thing that we all picked up on was the fact that the methods of learning were not engaging; there was too much text and not enough images/replicas for the people to look at and interact with. A suggestion that was made was to include interactivity. Each room should have a technology information patch where people can go and scan their phones/tablets to receive information this way. As well as this, they could also include a map of the museum so that the experience can be more interesting and engaging to children.

In the Street Life Museum next door, the experience was much more fun, with replicas and exhibits for the people to see and even experience for themselves. One thing that stands out as a great immersive device was the horse and carriage simulator, where visitors can sit in an actual carriage and experience the movement of what it would have been like a hundred+ years ago, this was one of a few sections of the museum to also use sound to immerse the public completely in the experience. The Street Life Museum also has replica sweet shops, chemists, and butchers etc. which are engaging already, but an improvement to this area of the museum would be sounds and smells, which would immerse the general public even more.

The last museum that we visited was the History Museum. This museum was similar to the Street Life Museum in terms of how immersive it was. Replicas were used so that the experience was more real and about much more about looking rather than reading, although that was an option. The main note taken away from going to all of these museums is how all of them can be brought more into the technological aspects of immersing their customers; giving the visitors an educational tour using all of the informative mediums (sight, sound, video, touch, experiences with replicas etc.) to create an experience that gives a lasting impression on the public and also educates them on the museum subjects.

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Writing Task- Week 1

Main story:

Headline: “Her sixth birthday is a day we never thought we would see”

By Jennifer Leeman

An infant child from Leeds who was born with a serious heart defect recovered from transplant at 16 months old to see in her sixth birthday.

Gabriella Fletcher’s parents were told their baby daughter only had six months to live – today, they are celebrating a day they never thought they would see.

“We are celebrating with parties with Gabriella’s family and friends,” mother Angela said: “We live for the moment and fulfill our dreams wherever possible as we know only too well the harsh reality of what we could face at any moment with her.

Gabriella underwent two open-heart surgeries before having a life-saving transplant in July 2009, at 16 months old.

Angela continued: “We thank God in our prayers every night for our donor family, and remember their selfless act always.

“We are so proud of the miracle that is our daughter, but we owe a huge debt of gratitude to all who made it possible.”

The six-year-old is now on regular infusions of antibodies after suffering from repeated chest infections, and is thrilled to be able to inject herself with them. “If only she knew how momentous it was that she is able to do this,” Angela added.

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Side story:

Andrew and Angela Fletcher are encouraging organ donations after their daughter received life-saving heart transplant at 16 months old.

Gabriella Fletcher, now six years old, received the heart donation after two unsuccessful attempts at open-heart surgery.

The six-year-old has since started dance lessons, and is said to show ‘great promise,’ placing fourth in a competition last week: “We are so proud of the miracle that is our daughter, but know we owe a debt of gratitude to all who made it possible.

Angela continued: “We continue to encourage all to sign up to the donor register and consider giving the most amazing gift of all – the gift of life.”

{Ends} 109 words

Self-Initiated Project: Images

The photographs below are the chosen images for our website background, Twitter background, and Twitter profile image. These images show our skill, and keep a style throughout our online platforms. The images chosen were edited by Ammie and I in Photoshop:

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Below are the original images from our photo shoot that Ammie edited in Photoshop:

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Website for Self-Initiated Project

Here is a screenshot of my draft design for mine and Ammie’s website:

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I’m not sure if I like the images that we have chosen for the boarder as they do not showcase our skills.. however, I do like their positioning on the webpage as they will surround our video content when we come to place the completed videos on the site.

Last week, we had a photo shoot at university with our video camera. Ammie and I agreed that these images would be much more appropriate for our website boarders. Ammie edited them in Photoshop, and I added them to our website. This is what the changes we have made look like:

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Filming Heads Up Festival

On Wednesday, March 19th, Ammie and I were asked to help out at Heads Up Festival’s first performance of The Devil’s Chord. We took the opportunity to do some filming after helping out; we interviewed audience members at the end of the play to talk about their opinions/what they thought of the play. Some of our interview clips have been used in a Vimeo video which features on the Heads Up Festival website.

Here are some screenshots of our interviews:

 

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Meeting with HullBID

As I have already stated, Ammie and I had a meeting with Alana Ennis from HullBID on Friday, March 21st. In this meeting, we has an in-depth discussion about what HullBID does for the city centre businesses, e.g. creating opportunities for increased footfall, making sure the city centre stays clean and presentable, and protecting business owners from vandalism and robberies. Alana also told us what will be happening during Fashion Week, and who will be involved (Primark, House of Fraser, St Stephen’s shopping centre, to name a few).

Ammie and I also took the chance to ask questions regarding what HullBID want from our film project; she was happy with what we had proposed, which was an two online shows about the lead-up to Fashion Week and Hull Fashion Week itself. Alana was happy for us to be included in the film, presenting and interviewing those taking part in the shows, and doing vox populi with the general public who attend the event.

Alana also told us that once we complete the films, they will be shown during a board meeting at HullBID, with Hull City Council members, Princes Quay owners, St Stephen’s owners, and Prospect Centre owners all in attendance.

Below is an email reply to Ammie from Alana in reference to us organising a meeting with her:

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Gantt Chart- Creative Futures Planning

For my module planning, instead of using Tom’s Planner, I decided to use Teamweek. I found this website to be easier to use, indicating my tasks by colour and categorising them by module. As well as creating a task-by-task plan for my Creative Futures module, I could also create one for my Self-Initiated Project, too. This helped will my organisation as I could see all of my tasks in one page. Another factor was I could also use the Teamweek application, which made the software easily available on all of my gadgets.

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Web Documentary Planning

Enter page: the enter page will just be a simple enter arrow at the bottom of the screen. When the user clicks on the button, the curtains of the theatre stage in the background will open, so the audience feels like they are delving deeper into theatre.

Home page: for my home page, I will have the same animated theatre stage as the background. The sections of the documentary will then pop up; for example, the playwrights, the plays, the audience’s thoughts, etc. Each of these will be represented by an animated image. E.g. playwright section = quill, plays = comedy/tragedy masks, audience reviews = audience silhouettes, etc. As well as this, the page will have a brief description of the documentary for the viewers to read.

Playwright section: each playwright will be featured on with an image, a rolling text box will be at the bottom of the page for the audience to read; whilst the viewers can read the information about the playwrights, they can scroll across the writer’s images and a reading of one of their works will play in the background. The user can control whether they want it to play by using the mute/unmute button in the bottom right corner of the page. The individual playwrights pages will give a more detailed understanding of the writers; a video slideshow of past work can be selected to watch, and an interview with the playwright can also be viewed. During the interview video, points will be highlighted so the user can click on the star and read more about the certain topic.

The play page will be similar, except short trailers of the plays will be able to be viewed instead. When the user selects a video, it will fill the screen; if the audience just wants to listen to the trailer, they can minimise the videos. When the videos have been minimised, information relating to the play they have selected will pop up for the user to read.

Audience reviews: in this section, a video slideshow of interviews with audience members will be shown. Questions and answers relating to the plays involved in Heads Up Festival. Like the individual playwright’s pages, they’ll be points in the videos when stars pop up for the user to select. They can read more about the topic of discussion.

This is a brief written plan of what my web documentary will include. I will research more into web documentaries on the Klynt website as I feel the immersive experiences on this platform are effective and can give me more inspiration for my own web documentary. I will then sketch out this plan for a visual representation.