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    Filming in Oman

    We’ve been out in beautiful Oman looking at filming locations for an exciting new project. Watch this space…

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    Artist in Residence – John Butler

    Digital Artist and filmmaker John Butler of The Butler Brothers is isodesign’s first Artist in Residence. Along with the ISO*Labs team, John is developing a live motion capture performance – the first of its kind using smartsuit technology.




    Merchant City Festival 2019

    Thank you to everyone who came down to the studio on Sunday to participate in and experience DATH | DAH – our research project exploring the evolution of the Gaelic dialect through voice triggered AI.

    Thanks to our collaborators and contributors – Glaschu Beò (Glasgow Life), Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, GUIR!, and University of the West of Scotland.

    Special thanks to our Merchant City Festival volunteer Elaine.

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    DATH | DAH

    An exploration of place, identity and the evolution of Gaelic culture and dialect – expressed through an immersive, interactive installation. ⁠DATH |DAH is an experimental research prototype exploring the possibilities of AI and machine learning within voice triggered interaction. Developed in collaboration with our R&D department iso*LABS and GUIR! Gaelic Arts Programme.

    Premiering this Sunday as part of the Merchant City Festival 2019. ⁠

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    We’re Hiring!

    Motion graphics and animation have always been at the core of the studio’s work and we have a vacancy for an experienced Motion Graphics Designer / Animator with an immediate start, working out of our Glasgow studio. You will have an opportunity to take projects from concept to final delivery and on large multidisciplinary work as a core team member working alongside live action directors, producers, programmers and researchers.

    Full job description and details on how to apply here


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    EPIC museum wins Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction

    Congratulations to EPIC – Dublin’s museum of Irish Emigration – on winning Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards 2019. We created 11 bespoke interactive and immersive exhibits across twenty galleries which tell the story of 10 million Irish people who travelled abroad to start a new life, the contributions they have made to science, literature, music, politics, and much more.


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    Sheffield Doc Fest 2019

    Our Immersive Experiences Researcher & KTP associate Verena Henn is at Sheffield Doc Fest this weekend experiencing the latest 360 films in the Alternate Realities VR Cinema and learning about cognition, perception and challenging the norm within digital experience design from Google’s Tea Uglow.

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    On Friday we hosted an exhibition of experimental animation presented by Anim8 X.

    The selected works were a response to an open call for submissions on the theme FUTURE. Exhibiting artists included Butler Brothers, Jay Darlington, Sandrine Deumier, Gabriel Gabriel Garble, and Andy Sowerby.

    More information about Anim8X here

  • RICS Awards 2019

    Three Scottish projects we worked on this year have won at the RICS Awards 2019.

    V&A Dundee picked up the award in the Tourism and Leisure category. Aberdeen Music Hall won the Community Benefit award, and Mackintosh at the Willow won Project of the Year – big congratulations to all three.

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    Animated Women Scotland | Launch

    Iso’s Head of Production, Justine Leahy is one of the volunteers for the newly established Animated Women Scotland – an organisation that supports, celebrates and encourages women working in Animation and VFX in Scotland. The launch event was held at the Voodoo rooms in Edinburgh with attendees from a variety of creative backgrounds and industries, we’re proud to be part of this inspiring group.

    More information about Animated Women UK here

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    Subculture 25

    Where did that time go? We’ve spent over 20 years working with the good folk at the legendary Sub Club where we’ve developed some of the clubs most distinctive print and promo campaigns, alongside the sub website, films, special events and installations.

    For Subculture’s 25th anniversary we’ve created some “audio augmented artwork” working alongside long time sub snapper and Glasgow photographic legend Brian Sweeney.

    A limited edition series of images, flyers and posters will be appearing across the city, all enhanced with an exclusive mix from Domenic. See you on the dance floor – Sat 4th May.

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    The National Wallace Monument re-opens today, celebrating it’s 150th anniversary with a complete refurbishment.

    We were commissioned to create the centrepiece film for the new Hall of Arms, it follows the emotional journey of Wallace’s life, his rise to prominence, the victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge and his elevation to national icon.

    Our team worked with illustrator Richard Anderson to create an animated film with a bold, monochromatic illustrative style, an immersive 5:1 soundtrack was created by Giles Lamb with narration delivered in eight languages.

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    Plymouth Filming

    On location in Plymouth shooting interviews for a collection of documentary films we’re making for The Box — Plymouth’s brand new museum. We visited several important archeological sites including Kitley and Cattledown Caves, and scientists talked us through their current research at The Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

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    Library of Light: Encounters with Artists and Designers

    Our site specific VR piece 7 Sirens features in the new book by Jo Joelson, Library of Light: Encounters with Artists and Designers.

    Through short essays and interviews with artists, curators and producers, Library of Light aims to broaden our understanding of light as a creative medium and examine its impact on our cultural history and the role it plays in the new frontiers of art, design and technology. Our interview focusses on how we create immersive VR installations.

    Fellow contributors include Jason Bruges, Richard Wilson, Ernest Edmonds, Paule Constable, Liliane Lijn, Susan Hiller and Yoko Ono.

    Available here

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    Ministerial Visit

    MSP Ivan McKee, Scottish Minister for Trade, Investment & Innovation visited our R&D department ISO*Labs this morning, and, along with Professor Nick Higgins from University of the West of Scotland, we shared our experience being part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme (KTP), how it has enabled us to explore cutting edge immersive technologies and create innovative prototypes. Minister McKee announced that record breaking amounts are being spent on research and development in Scotland (£2.5bn), driven by strong growth in business investment in R&D.

    The Minister also had a chance to see Kristalpallast, a VR piece developed by our KTP Associate Verena Henn which premiered at Glasgow Short Film Festival earlier this month, DIGITAL LAOCOÖN, the immersive VR documentary we created in partnership with GSA and AHRC, and hear about a brand new research led project we’re undertaking in collaboration with Glasgow Life and The Royal Conservatiore of Scotland which explores Gaelic’s place in contemporary Scottish culture through digital immersive experiences, produced by ISO’s own Gaelic speaker Lauren Glasgow.