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Computer generated digital wireframes of cinematic space.
Image: iDesign and AVIE. Image courtesy of UNSW

Making Theatre

Presented by iCinema, UNSW

UNSW opens its state-of-the-art 360-degree 3D cinema, AVIE, to the public. Used by theatre designers in tandem with the university’s ‘iDesign’ research program, the cinema helps create omni-directional virtual ‘twins’ of theatre spaces in 1:1 scale that can be edited remotely via laptop or tablet connection. Used by leading Australian companies, including Sydney Theatre Company, it leverages cinematic scale to visualise sets as if you are physically immersed in them.

Users may sketch or import architectural forms and props, and refine these by adjusting parameters such as size, colour, texture, placement and lighting in real time. Its AI system calculates sightlines and assists in fine-tuning designs.

Michael Scott-Mitchell, one of Australia’s most accomplished production designers, will co-host the workshops, offering behind-the-scenes glimpses into his work with the iDesign application on his recent commissions.


Students and professionals

Thursday 15 September

Open to students and professionals in the design and theatre field interested in interacting with iDesign on computers provided to design new case studies and test them in the 3D cinematic theatre.

Sessions run for 45 minutes at 10 am, 11 am and 1 pm. Bookings essential as places are limited.

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General public

Friday 16 September

Open session demonstrating how the design system was used by Sydney Theatre Company in its productions Playing Beatie Bow and Storm Boy.

Sessions run for 45 minutes at 10 am, 11 am and 1 pm. Bookings Essential as places are limited.

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