UMCULO aims to make opera more accessible for South African communities. This webinar is aimed at giving young directors, educators and singer/entrepreneurs interested in stagecraft a head start on their journey into the world of digital content creation for the the stage. If you do not have access to a stage and a professional lighting rig, you can still create immersive environments for your story using readily available, free digital content creation tools. Having pioneered the use of animated sur-titles and live chromakeying in several European opera productions, Kobie van Rensburg, director of the UMCULO Opera Incubator, shares an overview of the use of digital content creation tools for the operatic stage. He will also focus on new cutting-edge technologies leveraging the power of realtime rendering found in modern PC game engines to create 360 degree environments, using only free to use or open source software and consumer cameras and computers. This also includes a behind the scenes view of his preparation for the UMCULO Production: INFERNO and ARCADIA – Opera in virtual reality. Digital assets used in this production will also be made available for download to kickstart the adventures of young SA artists in the creation of virtual reality stages for their own productions.
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Presented as part of Creativate Digital Arts Festival.