Rank #1: Robert French, Indie Game Developer and Teacher
Robert is a seasoned software developer, game designer & adjunct college professor who has been designing and developing for just over three decades.
He has been an educator since the late 1990’s and his fun but direct approach to everything he does is both efficient and effective.
Robert has just recently incorporated a game studio Liftlock Studios Inc. in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, and is in the process of rolling out his own podcast The Indie Game Scene where he interviews the indie game makers of the world to gain insights into their successes and failures while providing a platform for them to be heard.
Mar 14 2016
Rank #2: Rick and Matt talk SXSW and GDC
Shout out to all of our new followers after a stellar showing for Virtual Reality storytelling at South By South West (SXSW) and the Game Developers Conference (GDC).
Rick and Matt talk shop a bit and address some of the big announcements and trending topics coming out of these very important events for VR animators.
Crown, NYTV – opening audio track
Interview with Chris Milk about the future of storytelling in VR.
Groove Jones, a VR development studio in Texas who showcased their McDonalds VR Happy Meal.
Mar 22 2016
Rank #3: Sean Stephens, Theatrical and Live Event Lighting Designer
Sean Stephens’ experience in live event lighting as well as an active curiosity in all things 3D, make him a valuable resource and fascinating guest for the Animator’s Guide to Virtual Reality. You’ll never think about lighting animation the old way again!
Growing up in Windsor Ontario, Sean was involved in theatre from an early age. Before he could walk he was often found backstage at the local high school musical productions directed by his father, and his favourite songs were often found from musical theatre.
During his school years, he kept involved in Theatre tech, until ultimately graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Theatre Technical Production, from Ryerson University in Toronto.
In 1998 he joined Christie Lites, starting in their Toronto warehouse and eventually becoming a Lead technician and supervisor for both the Rental and Sales departments.
In the years since, through Christie Lites, Sean has worked on lighting for Film, TV, concert and corporate events across North America, for clients such as Intel, TD CanadaTrust, GM. Bands such as Great Big Sea, The Guess Who, The Tragically Hip and Live Television including Wrestlemania, The Juno’s and Much Music Video Awards.
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Mar 07 2016
Rank #4: Skye Von
Subscribers to the ardeeXYZ podcast know host Rick Dolishny has an affinity to using traditional theatrical examples to describe one way of thinking of VR production.
Listen back to Sean Stephens discuss theatrical lighting, or Steven Bardel discussing audio… we’ve figured out certain techniques to attract audience attention and tell compelling stories for theatre, and many of the lessons learned apply to VR.
So when author/director/visionary Skye Von wrote the article ‘4 Lessons Virtual Reality and 360 Filmmakers Can Learn From The Theatre’, Rick was compelled to reach out. And Rick is not alone. Over 337,000 readers read this article with great interest.
Skye’s work goes beyond writing. One of her latest projects is a music-video-VR-experience for the band Aloud, ‘Falling Out of Love’. Are we at a renaissance of the music video?
Skye joins Rick to discuss the 4 lessons for VR from theatre, and other projects she’s working on or inspired by.
My company: http://littleGIANTwolf.comCatherine Rehwinkel was on Voices of VR Podcast talking about her prototype: http://www.roadtovr.com/situational-knowledges-vr-narrative-role-place-perspective/
Also here is her website link to this specific work: http://www.catherinerehwinkel.com/perspective-design/
Aug 13 2016
Rank #5: Peter Wall, Mobio Interactive and co-founder of Hubud
Peter Wall is an entrepreneur and innovator who wants to live in a world where people are happier, more mindful, and more connected.
As a co-founder of Hubud, Bali’s first coworking space and a leader in the digital nomad movement, he’s been featured in Virgin Entrepreneur, and appeared on CNBC and in the Wall Street Journal. Before launching Hubud, Peter was a video-journalist with the CBC in Toronto.
His latest project is Mobio Interactive, a startup in Toronto working at the intersection of gaming, biofeedback, and mindfulness. In May of 2016, Mobio released Wildflowers Mindfulness, a meditation app now available on iTunes and Google Play. Their next product is Qualia: Zen Eagle, a VR meditation flying experience, which recently demoed at the Hot Docs festival and OCE conference in Toronto.
When he’s not collaborating with someone in a coworking space, you can find him hanging out with his wife and kids, playing tennis, or dreaming about his next trip.
Learn more about Peter at his website, peterwall.me, and tweet to him @petergwall.
OCE Ontario Centre of Excellence
Ontario Centre of Excellence conference and closer video. Note all of the VR demos!
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May 19 2016