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SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment In SCI-Arc's Masters of Fiction and Entertainment students work through film, gaming and animation to tell critical stories about the contemporary world

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Scholarships and Applications for Fall 2022 in our SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment Masters program in Los Angeles, SCI-A...
12/08/2021

Scholarships and Applications for Fall 2022 in our SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment Masters program in Los Angeles, SCI-Arc are now open. Application details, graduate projects and career experiences are here- www.sciarc.edu/fiction

Join us for a 1 year, 3 semester, STEM accredited Masters of Science and develop careers in worldbuilding, film, animation, design research, gaming and visual effects. Working with acclaimed mentors from the LA entertainment industry, students create new kinds of stories about the emerging conditions of the twenty-first century. Recent graduates from the program are developing careers in production design, creative direction, video games, visual effects, commercial, music video and TV production, media art, and design research. Projects incubated within Fiction & Entertainment have now premiered at festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, SxSW, Rotterdam and platforms such as Nowness, Vice, FACT and many more.

Scholarship Applications close on Jan 14th!

Projects pictured-
1. EARTH MOTHER SKY FATHER by Kordae Jatafa Henry (Fiction and Entertainment ‘18)
2. WHERE TURTLES FLY by Andre Zakhia (Fiction and Entertainment ‘20)
3. MERCURY XX by Miri Kuhlmann (Fiction and Entertainment ‘20)
4. FERENJ. A GRAPHIC MEMOIR IN VR by Ainslee Alem (Fiction and Entertainment ‘19)
5. BREACH by Rick Farin (Fiction and Entertainment ‘19)
6. BARE BONES by Meryem Lahlou (Fiction and Entertainment ‘20)
7. THE PANTHEON OF QUEER MYTHOLOGY by En Agudo (Fiction and Entertainment ‘19)

12/23/2020
WHERE TURTLES FLY

WHERE TURTLES FLY by Andre Zakhia (SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment‘20)

Where Turtles Fly is a third-person indie game capturing the story of a young refugee boy who has fallen over the side of a boat. He washes up on the shore of a city that doesn’t want him, and with just a phone—his only connection to his loved ones—he begins a journey to find a new home. Created from 3D scans of Beirut, a city with the highest rate of refugees in the world relative to its population, the young boy travels between fantasy and reality, traversing a surreal urban landscape of surveillance drones, watch towers, and monsters of trash.

With SCI-Arc #sciarc #unreal #videogame #sciarcfictionandentertainment #future #scifi #UE4 #indiegame #beirut #refugee

12/23/2020
BARE BONES

BARE BONES by Meryem Lahlou (SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment‘20)

Premiering at Slamdance Film Festival Feb 2021.
Bare Bones is an animated story of interpreting, extending, and questioning what makes us human and what makes our environment. It is not a hazard of life, nor an accident, nor a product of the imagination, but a strange in-between. An experience of ending. An experience that cannot be attributed to anyone, because it belongs to no one person. To see your world suddenly collapse is to have to reinvent everything or surrender, to reclaim your life or end it, to reevaluate your beliefs or deny them.

With SCI-Arc #sciarc #vray #3dsmax #shortfilm #sciarcfictionandentertainment #future #scifi #dystopia

12/23/2020

EARTH MOTHER SKY FATHER by Kordae Henry (@SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment‘18)
Earth Mother Sky Father is a live-action music video that takes place in the year 2030, when the Congo is no longer shipping unrefined rare earth minerals out to sea, but is keeping its wealth onshore and in the ground. The processes and infrastructure of mining have been revalued and ritualized as an important aspect of local culture. This is Afrika’s future through dance—a ceremony for the God of Rare Earth. The ‘music film’ features a performance from acclaimed street dancer Storyboard P playing the part of Woot, an Excavation Programmer and is supported by the sonic sounds and dissonant electro haze of the infamous duo Shabazz Palaces from Sub Pop Records.

With SCI-Arc #sciarc #vray #3dsmax #musicvideo #sciarcfictionandentertainment #future #scifi #afrofuturism #shabazzpalaces #congo #rareearth

Scholarships and Applications for Fall 2021 in our SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment Masters program in Los Angeles, SCI-A...
12/23/2020

Scholarships and Applications for Fall 2021 in our SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment Masters program in Los Angeles, SCI-Arc are now open. You can apply here- https://www.sciarc.edu/fiction
Join us for a 1 year, 3 semester, STEM accredited Masters of Science and develop careers in worldbuilding, film, animation, design research, gaming and visual effects. In Fiction and Entertainment we engage the techniques of popular culture to imagine and visualise alternative worlds. Working with acclaimed mentors from the LA entertainment industry, students create new kinds of stories about the emerging conditions of the twenty-first century. Scholarship Applications close on Jan 15th!

12/23/2020
BREACH

BREACH by Rick Farin (SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment‘19)

BREACH follows a radical religious group composed of displaced wildfire victims as they reclaim the blaze through material sacrifice and BREACH is an artwork built within a game engine that speculates on the interdependence between technology, materiality, and wildfire in a climate change transformed future Southern California. “BREACH comes out of my own experience with wildfire,” says Farin, “Growing up in the foothills of Los Angeles—having been evacuated multiple times—and ironically, a few weeks ago, I was forced to grab the hard drives containing this project to escape the flame.” BREACH will see its first iteration as interactive installation in November at MIRA Festival 2019 in Barcelona.

With SCI-Arc #sciarc #unreal #musicvideo #videogame #sciarcfictionandentertainment #future #scifi #UE4 #actualobjects

12/23/2020
MOJO

MOJO by Jeremy Hartley (SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment‘19)

MOJO is a computer-generated music video that presents a future in which Afro-American values are "the predominant cultural model.” Vast machines operated by music producers move over a flood plain landscape, using bass notes from amplified music to vibrate bodies of water. These vibrations displace the water so that it irrigates the surrounding soil, watering plants distributed by seed-dropping drones. The music video portrays a world in which automation has removed the need for manual human labor and landscapes has become a platform for self-expression. African-Americans who were historically regarded as property or machines now use machines in the service of leisure and expression.

With SCI-Arc #sciarc #cinema4d #musicvideo #sciarcfictionandentertainment #future #scifi

12/23/2020

FERENJ. A GRAPHIC MEMOIR IN VR by Ainslee Alem (SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment ‘19)

Ferenj. A Graphic Memoir in VR was an official selection of 2020 SXSW Festival and 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. It has since been touring festivals internationally, including Worlding Worlds at Mu Gallery in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and Cleveland Film Festival. Ferenj is a VR film in which guests are invited to inhabit a point cloud dreamscape. Here, home is a postspatial experience that is extended within the nonspaces of history, language, culture, music, and time. Ferenj is an immersive graphic memoir representing key moments from the director’s own "tezeta,” getting lost in liminality, learning how to make sense of her Ethiopian-American identity in the diaspora. This afrosurrealist VR film is an experimental form of emancipatory thought and resistance to othering, using photogrammetry to reclaim these spaces in the director’s own terms and redefine the boundaries between fragmented memories and the digital imaginary.

With SCI-Arc #sciarc #VR #tribecafilmfestival #SXSW #sciarcfictionandentertainment

01/14/2020
Fiction and Entertainment 2019 Showreel

Just launching our 2019 SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment graduate showreel. Apply for next years program here- https://www.sciarc.edu/fiction

In SCI-Arc Fiction and Entertainment 1 year Postgraduate Masters program, we develop careers in worldbuilding, film, animation, design research, gaming and visual effects. In Fiction and Entertainment we engage the techniques of popular culture to imagine and visualise alternative worlds. Working with acclaimed mentors in the LA entertainment industry, students create new kinds of stories about the emerging conditions of the twenty-first century.

Work in the showreel comes from Jeremy Hartley, Yucong Wang, Kaan Karabagli, Tien Tien Wang, Kate Stuteville, William Chen, Shuruq Tramontini, Ko-Chun Liu, Jiacheng Cheng, Ainslee Alem Robson, Enrique Agudo, Rick Farin, Case Miller, Cole Daly

01/11/2020
Our Automated Future: Science through Storytelling

This year the students in our SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment program collaborated with scienctists and technologists to tell stories about the futures of AI and Automation. You can see some of the projects in this short Alfred P. Sloan Foundation documentary. https://youtu.be/0JJTL_u-IqE

For scholarships to join next years program apply here before Jan 15th- https://www.sciarc.edu/fiction

"Our Automated Future: Science through Storytelling” takes a journey into a series of speculative futures crafted by students in SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment postgraduate program directed by coordinator Liam Young with program faculty Alexey Marfin. These future worlds incorporate techniques of film, fiction, video games, virtual reality, and documentary to tell stories about the emerging conditions of the twenty-first century in a world where artificial intelligence and automation are ubiquitous and myriad autonomous objects populate our daily life. The work engages emerging science and technology to explore the implications and possibilities of AI and automation for the futures of work and personal relationships. Scientists and technologies mentored and collaborated with the SCI-Arc Fiction and Entertainment students in the production of these future worlds.

Featured in this documentary are science and technologists Jules Jaffe [Research Oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD]; Siddharth Suri [computational scientist and author]; Refik Anadol Studio [media artist and director]; Deborah Harrison [head of the conversational UI team at Microsoft]; Memo Atken [artist working in the fields of machine learning and AI]; and recent Fiction and Entertainment graduates Jeremy Hartley [creator of the animated short film “Mojo”]; Shuruq Al Bacocca [creator of the VR experience “Current Affairs”]; Kate Stuteville [creator of the short film “Frontier Solutions”]; and Rick Farin [creator of the animated short film “BREACH”]. Additional Fiction and Entertainment student projects are: "Floating World" (Concept Art) by Yucong Wang; "Earth Machine" (Video Game/VR) by Kaan Karabagli; "The Three Body Problem" (Video Game) by Tien Tien Wang; "Sumeru" (Video Game) by 陳傳文; "The Monsters Beyond" (Animated Short Film) by Ko Liu; "Happy Wife" (Short Film) by Jiacheng Cheng; "Ferenj" (VR) by Ainslee Alem; "The Pantheon of Queer Mythology" (VR) by Enrique Agudo; "Solstice" (Short Film) by Case Mil; and "How Are You Feeling?" (VR) by Cole Daly.

Generously funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, "Our Automated Future: Science through Storytelling” takes a journey into a series of specu...

01/06/2020
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The Pantheon of Queer Mythology is a fashion editorial produced in Virtual Reality by 2019 SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment graduate Enrique Agudo. The costumes featured in the experience are developed through a collaboration between a diverse ensemble of queer artists under Enrique's creative direction, captured and showcased through the use of photogrammetry. These scenes are capsules of worship, conflict, love and despair, and throw light into what it means to be queer today. These stories reference the important heritage of our queer forefathers, foremothers and foreparents and these deities are the genesis of a new mythological archive of characters inclusive of spectral sexual and gender identities. The VR experience and film will be touring internationally across 2020.

12/27/2019
Scholarships and applications close Jan 15th for SCI Arc's Fiction and Entertainment Masters Program

Scholarships and applications are now open in our SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment Masters of Science program in Los Angeles, SCI-Arc. Applications close on Jan 15th! You can apply here- https://www.sciarc.edu/fiction

Join us for a 1 year, 3 semester, STEM accredited Masters of Science and develop careers in worldbuilding, film, animation, design research, gaming and visual effects. In Fiction and Entertainment we engage the techniques of popular culture to imagine and visualise alternative worlds. Working with acclaimed mentors in the LA entertainment industry, students create new kinds of stories about the emerging conditions of the twenty-first century.

Selected animation stills from 2019 Graduates En Agudo Rick Farin , Jeremy Hartley and Kate Stuteville

11/18/2019
Fear and Wonder 3: Futures of AI Nov 20th 2019

At SCI-Arc, LA, Nov 20th, Fear and Wonder 3: Futures of AI brings together an ensemble of directors, concept artists, video game designers, and storytellers for an expedition through an atlas of imaginary worlds, fictional cities, and speculative geographies. On the occasion of November 2019, the date Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner was originally set, this symposium will explore contemporary representations of artificial intelligence in film, television, and global culture. Long after the flickering Japanese neon illuminating the streets of Blade Runner’s world has faded, narratives of human-like AI spiraling out of control still permeate all forms of popular culture. Guests from science fiction-adjacent productions such as West World, Blade Runner 2049, and Her will be in dialogue with theorists and technologists to investigate where the science ends and fiction takes over.

Guests include Production designer for Spike Jonze’s Her KK Barrett, Concept designer for Blade Runner 2049 George Hull, Supervising Art Director for Westworld Jon Carlos, Personality Architect for Microsoft’s Cortana Deborah Harrison, Animation director for Rick and Morty Domonic Polcino, Director of USC’s MxR lab and former principal filmmaker for VR at Google Jessica Brillhart, Writer and artist Ingrid Burrington, Artist and Programmer Lauren McCarthy, Director of Google’s Artists and Machine Intelligence Group Kenric McDowell, Ian Cheng Producer Veronica So, Creative Technologist Ross Goodwin and more.

Details are here- https://www.sciarc.edu/events/events/fear-and-wonder-3

On Nov 14 6:30pm at the Bradbury Building in LA, the stage set for Ridley Scott's Blade Runner we will be hosting an eve...
11/14/2019

On Nov 14 6:30pm at the Bradbury Building in LA, the stage set for Ridley Scott's Blade Runner we will be hosting an event with NeueHouse exploring the processes through which we design future worlds. This iconic building will for the backdrop to a discussion between worldbuilders including myself, Bladerunner 2049 concept artist Victor Martinez, writer & musician Claire Evans and Diana Williams, the EVP of Creative at MWM Universe. Tickets are free but please RSVP. http://rsvp.neuehouse.com/lafutures-worldbuilding/thoughts

It's a big two weeks for worldbuildings and technology futures in LA as this is a companion event to our big SCI-Arc Fear and Wonder 3:The Futures of AI program held on November 20th at SCI Arc Los Angeles. https://www.sciarc.edu/events/events/fear-and-wonder-3

At Fear and Wonder we will explore contemporary representations of artificial intelligence in film, television, and global culture. Long after the flickering Japanese neon illuminating the streets of Blade Runner’s world has faded, narratives of human-like AI spiraling out of control still permeate all forms of popular culture. Guests from science fiction-adjacent productions such as Westworld, Blade Runner 2049, and Her will be in dialogue with theorists and technologists to investigate where the science ends and fiction takes over.

Image Credit: Victor Martinez Concept art for Blade Runner 2049

08/30/2019
2109 Premiere Screening 7pm Aug 30th

Join us on August 30th, 7pm at SCI-Arc LA for our SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment 2019 Premiere Screening of this years short films, digital environments, video games and immersive experiences.

Invited guests from the arts and entertainment industries include Hajnal Molnar-Szakacs, Film Fund Director at the Sundance Film Festival, Mike Hill, concept designer for productions such as Blade Runner 2049 and Love, Death and Robots, Kenric McDowell, director of the Artists + Machine Intelligence program at Google Research, Samantha Gorman, Co Founder of Tender Claws Games Studio, Andrew Thomas Huang, Director collaborating with artists such as Bjork and FKA Twigs, @Natalie Sun, Director and founder at NextArt, Justin Trudeau, Set Designer at Marvel, Seth Epstein, Emmy Award winning Director working with artsits such as Dua Lipa and Drake and Co Founder of Los York, Holly Willis, Chair of the Media Arts and Practice division in the USC School of Cinematic Arts , @Daniel Tauber, Design Director at IDEO, Mike Ellis, Game Designer at Santa Monica Studio , Monika Bielskyte, Visual consultant and founder of All Future Everything, @Mike Tucker, Interactive Director with @Magic Leap, Melissa Smith, Environment Artist at Santa Monica Studioio, Greg Inglis, Coordinator at Felix & Paul Studios and many more.

How we perceive the cultures and spaces around us is largely determined by mediums of fiction and entertainment. Sci Arc’s Fiction and Entertainment Masters Program engages the techniques of film, animation and gaming to imagine and visualize alternative worlds and tell new kinds of stories about the emerging conditions of the twenty-first century.

Details here- https://www.sciarc.edu/events/events/film-screenings-and-discussion-2019-sci-arc-edge-fiction-entertainment

Coordinated by @Liam Young and Alexey Marfin

Graduating students work on show include Case Mil Rick Farin En Agudo Ainslee Alem 陳傳文 Kaan Karabagli Kate Stuteville Yucong Wang Ko Liu Jeremy Hartley @Cole Daly Shuruq Al Bacocca Jiacheng Cheng 王田田

Showreel work is by Case miller, Enrique Agudo, Rick Farin and Kaan Karabagli

Trailer Soundtrack by Forest Swords

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