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Leading UK VR games design firm taps local talent for Sony trailer

Published: December 4, 2017

Cornwall College Camborne

Two Cornish students were given an unmissable opportunity to create a trailer for one of the UK’s leading Virtual Reality (VR) games companies.

The duo were asked to manage the production of Bude-based Triangular Pixels’ latest title called “Smash Hit Plunder”, which is about to be released on Sony PlayStation.

Triangular Pixels, which is an independent VR game studio based in Bude, has enjoyed lots of success, and won a plethora of awards and nominations including BAFTA Games 2017, TIGA Awards and UNITY Awards for their ground-breaking and state-of-the-art VR releases.

However, on nearing completion of the game, the studio didn’t have the skills in-house to create a trailer, which was essential for Sony PlayStation’s press conference at Paris Games Week.

Luckily the design team working as delivery partners on a dedicated Creative Industries business support programme called “Cultivator” helped secure additional film-making support using the facilities and student involvement at Cornwall College.

Harri Lane, Student, Media Level 3 said, “Triangular Pixels gave us a fantastic chance to create and manage an actual piece of work with great commercial value. I used a lot of skills learned at college for this project, which made the whole process a lot easier and more relevant”.

Matt Fisher, Student, Media Level 3 added, “It was great fun leading on the Post Production, I found the whole experience really enjoyable and things like this are a real bonus for the CV.  Both Harri and I worked really hard on this trailer, but I think the end result was worth it and to see it being used to promote a PlayStation game is awesome”.

Katie Goode, Creative Director, Triangular Pixels said, “We really needed some urgent help and Cultivator were very accommodating.  The project was pitched to the students and those interested invited to a separate meeting.

“Unfortunately we had to film in the middle of the summer holidays with many students not available, however we ended up working with two very talented Cornwall College students Matt Fisher and Harri Lane, who were both sensational”.

Amanda Wood, Manager of the Cornwall College element of the Cultivator programme added, “We were delighted to get involved in this project to offer practical production assistance and to give our students some real world experience.

“Two of our students grabbed the opportunity with both hands and immediately took control of lead and post production, producing the edit for the trailer while maintaining regular communications with Triangular Pixels”.

The final trailer has now been released internationally by Sony and the game is due to be released next year.

“Making such a high quality trailer would not have been possible without the students or the support from Cultivator and everyone is incredibly pleased with the results”.

Harri concluded, “Our media course is extremely comprehensive in its content with extremely knowledgeable tutors. Having that link between the course and the Cultivator project is the icing on the cake, as it allows students like us to get involved in real commercial initiatives”.

The Cultivator project is funded through the European Social Fund, the European Regional Development Fund, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council, and provides tailored support to the Creative Industries, from pre-start individuals through to established SMEs across Cornwall and the Isle of Scilly.

For more information about our wide range of Games Design and Media courses, please visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or contact the College on 0330 123 2523.  Cultivator Project Tel. 01209 312501 https://cultivatorcornwall.org.uk/

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