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Program 2016


6 x 9: An Immersive Experience of Solitary Confinement

Ed Thomas (The Mill)

Collaborating closely with The Guardian, an interactive team from The Mill’s London studio took over seven months to create the seven minute long VR experience titled 6X9: An Immersive Experience of Solitary Confinement. The experience places the viewer inside a solitary confinement unit with little more than a bed and toilet, encouraging such psychological effects as blurred vision, hallucinations and a sense of floating that may occur after long-term sensory deprivation. CG Lead Ed Thomas discusses how The Mill team worked from first-person accounts and documentaries, utilising game engine VR technology to create this groundbreaking immersive film.

Ed Thomas

Ed Thomas, CG Lead, The Mill,

Ed Thomas joined The Mill in November 2015 as CG Lead working across a number of interactive projects.

Ed’s most recent creative achievement is his work collaborating with The Guardian on ‘6 x 9: An Immersive Experience of Solitary Confinement.

With over 18 years games development experience, working with companies such as Funcom, Rebellion, Acclaim and Electronic Arts he has either been the Lead or Technical Artist involved with many of the titles in a game design capacity.

Ed joined electronic arts to lead the art team developing what would become their ‘next-gen’ games pipeline. This technology fed directly into EA’s first ever ‘next-gen’ game ‘Battlefield 2: Modern Combat’ receiving a BAFTA nomination for ‘Best technical achievement in a Video Game’

The Mill is a world-leading, global content creation studio based in London, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
For over 25 years we have collaborated with our clients to bring their ideas to life VFX, digital and design projects for the advertising, games and music industries.
We pride ourselves on forming partnerships with the world’s best agencies, groundbreaking directors, creative firms and visionary brands built on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies.

FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, taking place in cooperation with the VES Visual Effects Society and ACM SIGGRAPH. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Days (APD), a joint venture with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

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