HoloDEC is the first virtual prototype lab of its kind in Québec, inaugurated by INÉDI, "le Centre collégial de transfert de technologie (CCTT) en design industriel de Cégep régional de Lanaudière. HoloDEC brings the classroom into the 21st century, and will be an extremely valuable learning resource for the next generation of trade and industrial design students in Québec. While the lab will be available by reservation for external professionals, the primary focus of the space and technology will be in the capacity to serve as an experiential learning space to facilitate creative design and co-creation. By transforming the traditional classroom into a space of co-design, virtual prototyping and immersive visualization INÉDI hopes to bring about cross-industry partnerships and collaboration, that will ultimately improve the Canadian design sector at large.
Sun Life Financial is a multinational insurance company, with a standout commitment to the well-being of the communities they serve. Their role as conscious corporate citizens includes, but is not limited to, philanthropic support of health and wellness programs, diabetes prevention and research as well as arts and culture initiatives. Sun Life seeks to emulate these core values by creating an exemplary working ecosystem that offers the best possible environment for the employees who make these worldwide efforts possible. To achieve this mandate, the international insurance leaders asked Réalisations to help design and create a collection of digital canvases throughout their new corporate headquarters. The digital canvas project pushes the boundaries of art and design, creating a unique environment for Sun Life employees. These digital canvases serve to brighten and uplift the spirit, in the same way as any traditional art installation.
Nine separate installations work together to channel the intangible essence of day to day connections that make large-scale, positive change possible around the world. The installations make use of furniture design, high-impact visual displays, ambient reactivity and creative use of audio-visual technologies to present content that educates, surprises and sparks conversation.
The installations themselves are spread across three floors, each located in a unique environment ranging from transitory corridors to employee lounge areas to executive spaces. Each area serves a unique function within the building, and hosts different audiences; advisors, corporate clients, investment bankers and employees. Réalisations used a refined visual toolbox to follow a continuum of design experiences from sophisticated to approachable, with elements of interactivity dialled up or down to suit the needs of the setting.
ABB is a pioneering technology leader in creating “digitally connected and enabled industrial equipment and systems”. Réalisations was asked to create a trade show set-up to showcase their line of metal enclosure capacitor banks. The initial request was for a solution that would feature the three product models, highlighting each one’s features in a comprehensive and engaging way for their international trade show series- the ABB Customer World Tour.
Laurier West neighbourhood is a perfect microcosm of what the city of Montreal has to offer; a diverse mix of food, shopping, culture and language. Residential streets serving vibrant communities thread together the major streets which intersect with each other to create a local and international commercial marketplace. With an active website and social media presence, the community is connected all the way from the sidewalk to the screen. It is an area of the city where information is readily available. However, when road construction threatened the prosperous community culture, the City of Montreal sought to help people in the neighbourhood understand what was going on, while encouraging them to enjoy the area nonetheless with a playful and informative addition on the streets.
SESQUI is one of the cornerstone celebrations in honor of Canada's 150th anniversary. SESQUI brings together technical innovation and art in a multi-faceted celebration of Canada’s heritage, landscape and people. Réalisations is proud to have been a part of SESQUI’s 360 Technical Innovation Team, providing expertise and support for their 360° film, HORIZON.
HORIZON embarks on a nationwide tour, visiting planetariums throughout the country before launching a “pop-up” tour in June 2017. During this mobile tour, the SESQUI inflatable dome theatre will bring HORIZON to the doorsteps of seven Ontario communities.
Réalisations provided expertise and created fundamental equipment to help bring the concept of a travelling 360° film into reality. The result is the HORIZON 360° Cinematic Dome Tour. HORIZON is shot using a variety of cameras, mounted on custom rigs. The film is then projected inside the SESQUI dome from eight projectors, using the newest cutting-edge technology to enable a standardized viewing experience for each stop along the mobile tour.
FILMING: Realizing Canada in 360°
Réalisations provided support for the filming of HORIZON by designing, testing and constructing two separate camera rigs along with the help of our fellow collaborators, without which the end result would not have been possible. The first rig holds five SLR Canon cameras which shoot time-lapse; the second rig holds 3 RED Dragon 6K video cameras. Because the film is projected in a 360° dome, the film needed to be shot in extremely high resolution, otherwise the image quality would deteriorate when blown up for viewing.
Furthermore, the placement of the individual cameras on the rigs needed to be painstakingly calculated since any discrepancies in alignment would be detrimental to the success of the film’s projections inside the dome.
Finally, this project required that the rigs be road-ready; lightweight enough to be mounted to a variety of vehicles for land and aerial shots, yet durable. The rigs were used to shoot footage from ninety different locations across all thirteen provinces and territories, and needed to be able to withstand every extreme of these climates. These custom-built rigs help bring the film’s mandate to life; “a 360° cinematic journey across Canada, and a visual symphony that celebrates the people, landscapes and freedoms that make Canada home”.