Rocque presented his own video production to an audience of about 200
people on Saturday, November 18, at the Excentris complex.
His 20-minute comedy, VaccuM, was shown in the largest of
Excentriss three cinemas, the Cassevettes, which has 5.1 Surround
VaccuM was post-produced at the IITS Media Labs as part of
an independent study Rocque is doing in the Faculty of Fine Arts. It highlights
the potential of the mini-dv (digital video) format in a carefully planned
Using only a Canon XL1, Adobe Premiere and Adobe After-Effects (as well
as a bit of SoftImage animation), he surmounted the challenge of developing
a professional look for the green screen effects (for superimposing images),
CGI (computer-generated imagery) and colour treatment.
Rocque, who has been in the animation program for two years, was exhilarated
by the potential of the Media Labs.
It is really great that a facility like this exists here,
he said. Without it, it would have been very difficult for me to
complete my work. I would have had to go to commercial facilities at a
much greater cost.
Its amazing that the university provides this kind of technological
support and so few students know about it. The support of the staff there
was great. Theyre very knowledgeable, and their ability to troubleshoot
any technical difficulty I was having was really appreciated.
Rocque extended his thanks to Michael Boyce, Aaron Pollard and the rest
of IITS in the closing credits of his video. He will return to the lab
for his next project, and plans to take advantage of the newly installed
sound studios for improved sound/music design and mixes.