Talking VR in video games with Alex Earle
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by National Science and Media Museum
1d ago
Hi Alex! Can you introduce yourself and tell us about any games you’ve worked on? Hey, my name is Alex Earle and I’ve worked in the games industry for the past eight years and I’m currently a Producer at a studio called Radical Forge. I’m a big fan of virtual reality, both personally and professionally and have worked as a developer on numerous indie VR titles, including Gun Jam VR, Orbeats and Spaceteam VR for Meta Quest headsets. Alex Earle What is Virtual Reality? In 2024, I’d say that virtual reality (VR) applies to any Head-Mounted Display (HMD) that a user would wear and use to interact ..read more
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Pictureville Presents—What’s On in March
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by Tom Naylor
6d ago
After a successful first month across the road for our off-site programme Pictureville Presents: Cinema at The Studio, we’re thrilled to announce our March programme. It’s been a terrific start with lots of friendly faces old and new, and we’re excited to welcome more of you for this wonderful bunch of films. Keep scrolling for what’s coming up, with everything from Romeo + Juliet to Bend it Like Beckham. FFF We’re celebrating Women’s History Month in style with a season of Triple F-Rated films. That means the film is written and directed by a woman and focuses heavily on female characters. T ..read more
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A history of photography (through pets) 
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by National Science and Media Museum
1w ago
Copy of a Print by Mr Burbank, head of a Cat This might look like a drawing, but it is, in fact, a photographic print. In the mid-1830s William Henry Fox Talbot made major breakthroughs in experiments in photography, successfully printing ‘positive’ prints from one negative. He named this the calotype process, after the Greek word ‘Kalos’ meaning beauty. Talbot experimented extensively with using photography to reproduce different kinds of images, capturing scenes from life, as well as reproducing the printed page. This cute kitty is believed to be a copy of ‘a favourite cat’ by J.M. Burbank ..read more
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Prepare for blast off this February half term
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by Kate McGinlay
2w ago
Step inside the giant inflatable planetarium and discover the universe like you’ve never seen it before. The planetarium will be touring Bradford, popping up in SHINE West Bowling on Monday 12 February, the Thornbury Centre on Tuesday, and The Broadway shopping centre on Thursday.  In City Library on Thursday and Friday, join best-selling author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst for storytelling and drawing sessions and discover what it takes to become a space explorer. No space suit required!  On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday look out for bouncing astronauts on a mission – can you ..read more
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Pictureville Presents: Cinema at the Studio
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by Tom Naylor
1M ago
As the doors to Pictureville Cinema remain closed for at least six months, we are taking up residency over the road at The Studio next to the Alhambra Theatre, with an exciting off-site programme, Pictureville Presents: Cinema at The Studio. With screenings at The Studio from Friday 8 February, we have curated a programme of classic and cult screenings, special events and films you may never have seen on a big screen before. Read on for a rundown of what to expect in the February programme as we begin this exciting journey. Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell & Pressburger We ar ..read more
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Blog from the Basement: How we use cold storage to preserve objects
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by National Science and Media Museum
1M ago
Abbi Senior: What is cold storage? Vanessa Torres: When museums or cultural institutions consider storing their collections, there are four temperature categories that they can use: room, cool, cold and frozen. The room category ranges around 20C, cool around 12C, cold around 4C and frozen is 0C and below. While the temperature ranges are specific within these categories, the relative humidity would ideally be between 30% and 50%. We have procedures in place to make sure there are no sudden changes between these values—for example, when objects are moved from one space to another. Cold storage ..read more
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Take me back to the movies: West Yorkshire’s old cinema programmes
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by Tom Naylor
1M ago
We have a collection of old cinema programmes from Bradford, Leeds and elsewhere, offering a treasure trove of nostalgia that takes us all the way back to the 1930s. Cottage Road Cinema Originally named Headingley Picture House, the Cottage Road Cinema is over 110 years old. After opening as a garage in 1905, the building was converted into a cinema, which opened its doors all the way back in 1912. Saved from closure in 2005 by a last-minute bid, the cinema has managed to retain its old-time charm today and still shows classic films. The programme on show here is from 1951, and a closer look ..read more
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Pictureville’s Top Films of 2023
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by Tom Naylor
2M ago
Read on for the top five plus some honourable mentions and let us know your favourite in the comments. The top 5 5. Spider-Man: Across the Spiderverse I thought the first movie was lightning in a bottle, but this absolutely lives up to the bar set by the first, builds some great character progression and is absolutely gorgeous to watch. (Lewis Pollard, Curator of Television and Broadcast) One of my most eagerly anticipated releases of 2023, both this film and its predecessor did not disappoint. I loved everything, from the art style to the voice acting to the soundtrack. Can’t wait for the ne ..read more
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How accessibility is at the forefront of our new galleries
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by National Science and Media Museum
2M ago
Consultation has been key to the Sound and Vision project and as part of the development of our new permanent galleries, we have been working closely with communities to help inform the stories we tell, how these will look and feel, and how visitors will experience the galleries. Hi Emily, thanks for speaking to us today. Can you start by telling us a bit about yourself and your background? I’m Emily Yates, Head of Accessibility and Inclusive Design at a design agency called Mima. We’re a multidisciplinary design agency, so as well as an accessibility team, we have teams focusing on wayfinding ..read more
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Set design meets augmented reality in Strictly Come Dancing
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by National Science and Media Museum
2M ago
It’s one of the television highlights of the season, with millions tuning into BBC Strictly Come Dancing as we mark the weeks leading up to Christmas. With its origins in the amateur dance contest Come Dancing which ran from 1950–1998, the celebrity reality show we know and love today launched in May 2004 and has just completed its 21st series. The format is a global success across some 60 territories worldwide. Across two decades, Strictly has consistently pushed boundaries with the use of sound and vision technology, using innovative techniques to create atmosphere and give an added dimensio ..read more
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