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SAE Perth Animation students have been given a great opportunity to put their creative skills to the test, working as interns at ImaginariumVR – a Perth-based virtual reality studio co-founded by SAE animation graduate Gareth Lockett and digital producer Justin McArdle.

The studio, which opened in 2014, creates ground-breaking, narrative experiences that immerse and amaze audiences. ImaginariumVR employs diverse creative disciplines, from cutting edge augmented and virtual reality, to online, digital 360 video that pushes boundaries and redefines expectations.

As part of their internships, students helped develop a series of short experiences that were exhibited in November at Kaleidoscope; a light festival celebrating music, art and design in the West Australian township of Joondalup.

These ‘experiences’ included a six-seater mechatronic virtual reality ride, Imaginarium VR Mechatron. Specially designed to extend beyond the average virtual reality experience, it allows adventurers to experience all the physical movements of a ride, including bumps and drops.

ImaginariumVR has a history of delivering rich narrative and technically accomplished projects for a wide variety of clients. High on their list of project achievements is ANZAC Tom, an augmented reality app that enables an ANZAC soldier to come to life through the power of animation when a smartphone is hovered over war memorials in King’s Park.

The innovative app made news headlines when it was launched just prior to ANZAC day this year.  You can view the news story here.

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