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Whakahākori Animation Competition Workshop by New Reality Group

Whakahākori Animation Film Competition is the beginning of a range of international education collaborations by New Reality Group to help our young kiwis’ unleash their creativity, develop new tech skills, and promote the value and advantages of STEAM. Powered by Unity, hosted by Media Design School.

The Whakahākori Digital Animation Film competition begins with a 3-day student conference, that offers learning and use of Unity cutting-edge technology, hero inspirational speakers, and practical workshops.

Hero speakers include:

  • Ron Martin – Creative Director, Unity (USA)
  • Sir Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop (NZ)
  • Stan Fong – Marvel (USA/NZ)
  • Marcus Bell, Bellringer Music (USA)
  • David Downs, NZ Story (NZ)
  • Unity Tech Tutors (Singapore, India, Malaysia, Australia)

Hākori is a first for Aotearoa.  Students use cutting edge technology, learn from global leaders, and practical classes to make movies.

The Competition

Participants must create a three-minute animated film, using Unity animation software – www.unity.com.

The story content streams are social impact, business sustainability, and Māori/Pacific.

PC hardware requirements for following along:

Windows PC with DirectX 12 and Shader Model 5.0

Optional: RTX series graphics card

Whakahākori Animation Film Competition and Bootcamp

4th July – Workday 1 – Creating the Context: The Power of Storytelling

  • 8.30 Arrival
  • 8.45 Introducing intention of learning hubs, introductions, and engagement
  • 9.15 Ron Martin of Unity Technologies about how platforms like Unity allow for the creation of enhanced storytelling capabilities for any scenario within any industry. All content for film, gaming, music is firstly shaped by storytelling.
  • 11.00 Break
  • Foundations
  • 11.15 Ron continued (including Adam Singleton)
  • 12.00 Lunch
  • 1.00 Guest speaker (David Downs, NZ Story)
  • 2.30  Break
  • 2.45 Practical
  • 4.45 Unity Q&As
  • 5.15 End Day

5th July – Workday 2 – Imagination: The Bridge to Creation

  • 8.30 Review of day one – Q&A’s
  • 9.30 Sir Richard Taylor, Wētā – Imagination: The Lifeforce of Any Project
  • Hear about how imagination and creativity are the life-force of any project. Together they enable original and unique ideas for form, the importance of developing a strong masterful narrative and following processes. Q&A’s
  • 10.30 Break
  • 11.00 Unity lessons – Painting with light – Ron Martin
  • 12.30 Lunch
  • 1.30 Ron Martin – Practical – introduction of new technologies
  • 3.00 Break
  • 3.15 Practical
  • 5.00 Completion Overview of industry, work, future – Ron Martin
  • 5.30 End Day

6th July – Workday 3 – Unleashing Your Creativity to Reality

  • 8.15 Arrival
  • 8.30 Unity Emerging products like Art Engine for material Unity Artistry – Directing Realtime – Ron LIVE – Professional Artistry Tools Lesson 3 – Virtual Production – Unity Practical Lesson – Q&A’s – main room – VIDEO (Q&A via zoom) Q&A
  • 10.30 Break
  • 10.45 Introduction to Marcus Bell
  • 11.00 ***Monetizing Your Impact Marcus Bellringer (USA) https://www.bellringermusic.com/about
  • 12.30 Lunch
  • 1.15 Unity Practical
  • 3.30 Q&A’s
  • 4.00 Being Changemakers
  • 4.45 Unity Animation showcase
  • 5.00 Completion

Masterclasses run by: 

Guest Speakers



Jul 04 - Jul 06
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Event Type
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Media Design School
10 Madden St Wynyard Quarter
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand