SPIFFest Virtual Reality Demo & Panel Discussion
Virtual Reality: Applications in Film & Beyond
Featuring a panel and demo of latest works by some of today’s top VR innovators; covering multimedia spectrum of Film, TV, Music, Art, Film, Games, Educational Initiatives and more.
Kevin Mack – Visual Effects Artist Oscar winner for Best Visual Effects What Dreams May Come (1999). Mack is the founder of Shape Space VR, an arts positive approach to VR inspired by nature, technology, and transcendent visions, featuring Zen Parade, a VR art experience that uses spatial presence and a variety of perceptual mechanisms to engage the imagination, inspire wonder, and enhance well being. www.shapespacevr.com/
Brett Leonard – Director, VR Film Development Leonard is an award-winning director. His "Lawnmower Man" the first feature film to introduce the concept of Virtual Reality in 1992. Other work includes VR/TV project "The Futurist" is co-created with Rob Weiss (writer/producer of HBO's hit shows "Entourage" and "Ballers"), with concurrent VR game created with The Rogue Initiative. He formed Virtuosity Entertainment, a VR content studio, with Scott Ross (former head of ILM and Lucas Film, co-founder of Digital Domain with James Cameron). http://megatrendmgmt.com/
Robert LaFond – Senior Interactive Producer, KCRW LaFond works on the music team for KCRW’s flagship program, Morning Becomes Eclectic, delivering high quality multimedia content. He works closely with the Director of Web and Mobile Development to manage a team of audio/video producers who deliver content to users internationally. http://roblafond.com/
Tom Walsh - TW3 Entertainment Award winning Writer-Director-Producer, Tom Walsh founded and established TW3 to focus on creative, original entertainment projects that transport audiences to unique fantasy worlds. TW3 concentrates on three distinct areas of entertainment: Virtual Reality (TW3 Studios), Motion Pictures (live action and animation), and Music (TW3 Music). http://tw3entertainment.com/
Tim Hicks - Vortex Immersion Media Vortex develops, produces, delivers live action VR content for a variety of platforms: short films, electronic dance music VJ, festivals, interactive installations and VR cinematographer. Specializes in immersive translation of worldwide experiences. vorteximmersion.com/
Mary Duda – Virtue Play Inc Creator of multiple VR platforms including games – Moonplay and SciOart, established to create and publish positive interactive games, focus on responsible Virtual Reality programming that acts as a focal point to inspire the imaginative vision of children and young adults; and software – VirtueSoft, purposeful software for humanity enriching applications. Gave keynote speech at recent annual VR Hackathon. http://www.virtueplay.com/
About San Pedro International Film Festival (SPIFFest) The San Pedro International Film Festival (SPIFFest) celebrates its 5-year milestone by expanding to 10 days of multimedia programming covering film, art, music, virtual reality technology. One of the South Bay’s largest film festivals, from October 6-16, 2016 in San Pedro’s Historic Waterfront District. SPIFFest is known known for dynamic, enriching content which deftly weaves the wider appeal of Oscar-buzz gaining films within 15 traditional and unique categories (From Features, Shorts & Docs to Charles Bukowski, EcoDox & Port of Los Angeles), panels & events, amidst the cultural diversity of San Pedro, home to 100 years of film/tv production. http://spiffest.org/
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