Vincent McCurley, NFB Creative Technologist

Vincent McCurleyVincent McCurley is a Developer / Creative Technologist at the National Film Board of Canada’s Digital Studio with over 15 years experience designing and developing multi-platform interactive projects. Playing a malleable role at the NFB, Vincent often switches between technical director, information architect, UX designer, and programmer to help filmmakers and artists use technology to tell stories in creative and innovative ways.

His work in interactive documentary includes the Webby award-winning projects Bear 71, Welcome to Pine Point, the Last Hunt and God’s Lake Narrows.

When not tinkering with the latest story-telling technologies, Vincent enjoys sharing his knowledge of interactive media as an instructor at UBC, BCIT and FDU.

On this episode, we discuss the work Vincent is developing including Cardboard Crash. In a world of AI and self-driving cars, who determines the ethics algorithm to handle emergency situations? In this VR vignette, the user is slowed down to bullet-time, becoming the computer, and forced to confront a hard decision where there is plenty of data, but no easy answer.

In Memorium: Colin Low

Canada has lost a giant of cinema with the passing of Colin Low, who died in Montreal on February 24 at the age of 89.

Born on July 24, 1926, in Cardston, Alberta, Mr. Low pioneered breakthroughs across virtually every genre of film, during an illustrious career at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) that spanned over six decades.

The Romance of Transportation in Canada by Colin Low, National Film Board of Canada

Truly a disruptor in the animation and film world, his contributions to Canadian culture include over 200 films, and he pioneered new technology including what went on to become the IMAX format and large-scale video wall installations at a number of Expo events.

Colin Low

Read more about Colin’s legacy on the NFB website.

This episode of the podcast is dedicated to Mr Low, his family, and the countless artists and audiences who were impacted by his tremendous creativity and enthusiasm.


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