WelTec Graduate Xu Chen at the Graduate Exhibition. 

 Press Release 8 November 2016

Wellington’s creative technologies talent pipeline gets helping hand with latest group of tech savvy digitally-enabled graduates hitting the job market following a successful exhibition showcasing their skills in the capital.

“Gaming, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR), 3D animation, visual effects design (VFX) are skills the Wellington creative, film and gaming industry is looking for”, says WelTec and Whitireia Chief Executive Chris Gosling. 

“Wellington’s young creative tech talent represented by the 2016 graduates are ready to embark on really exciting projects in industry and are being sought out by Wellington’s creative and film community.  One of our students who exhibited last week in Wellington has already picked up a project with Pukeko Pictures.” 

Another WelTec creative student Xu Chen is completing the Graduate Diploma in Creative Technologies this week.  During his academic studies Xu worked with game development company Nyuk Nyuk to create a virtual reality pilot version of their game Standoff.

Nyuk Nyuk co-founder Theo Baynton says Xu helped to “bring the game into the VR world.”

“In China, I worked as a senior environment artist for around five years, working on Hitman, Tomb Raider and the Final Fantasy games,” says Xu Chen.

“I came to Wellington because it is a creative city with famous companies like Weta based here.  It's a place where I could develop my skills further.”

Xu worked on the VR project over several months.  “I was responsible for all the 3D modelling and texturising for the project.  Other people helped with areas such as sound and the computer artificial intelligence.”

Theo Baynton says one of the great benefits of this project for Xu was working with other specialists, “Xu worked with our guys on the project, just as you would in industry where you have to work in teams.  We've built up quite a long relationship with WelTec with previous projects and it helps students develop,” says Theo.

“WelTec takes a pragmatic approach to engaging with industry.  It is done for the benefit of the students and the companies that participate.”

Creative Technologies will be one of the key programme areas forming part of Te Auaha: New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity.  See www.teauaha.com

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XU CHEN Standoff - Digital Media

This game is a hyper competitive example of defence, made in collaboration with Theo Baynton, Rhys Clapcott and Andre McGrail.  View here.