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By Irena Cronin, Editorial Director of VR Society

Jim Chabin, President of VR Society/AIS, Moderates ‘Hollywood and VR’ Panel

The Virtual Reality Games & Entertainment Extravaganza Conference, organized by Charlie Fink and Bob Fine, featured a really useful panel discussion on Hollywood and VR on July 25, 2017, with Jim Chabin, President of VR Society/AIS; Debby Ruth, SVP of Frank Magid Associates, Kevin Mack, Founder of Shape Space VR, and Jake Black, Head of Virtual Reality, CreateVR. The broadcast may be viewed here:  https://www.crowdcast.io/e/virtual-reality-and/14

Unity’s Tony Parisi on VR Society’s The Art of VR

I go to many XR events these days, so you can imagine it takes a lot to keep my interest. Well, The VR Society’s The Art of VR was something completely different! It was hosted at the historic Sotheby’s Auction House on New York’s upper east side. Not a place you would associate with the typical tech expo; but this wasn’t a typical tech expo. The Art of VR, as the name implies…”

https://medium.com/@tonyparisi/blurred-lines-e9f8531c06b

Highly Anticipated “Spider-Man: Homecoming VR” Experience will be featured at The Art of VR NY

 

“For the first time, you can suit up as Spider-Man and see what it’s like to be the world’s favorite superhero. Learn the ins and outs of your brand new Stark Industries upgraded web shooters and master different web types as you race to complete fast-paced targeting trials – but you’ll have to learn quickly…”

Download the latest Art of VR press release announcing the “Spider-Man: Homecoming VR Experience” here.

Advanced Imaging Society and VR Society Bestows 28 Lumiere Awards Monday Night at Warner Bros. Studios

February 14, 2017 12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

HOLLYWOOD–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Advanced Imaging Society and The VR Society bestowed 28 honors for “distinguished achievement” at The Lumiere Awards, presented by AMD and Stereo D, on Monday night at Warner Bros. Studios in Hollywood.

Filmmaker and VR Creator, Jon Favreau, was honored with the Society’s Harold Lloyd Award, presented last year to Marvel’s Victoria Alonso.

Cher Wang of HTC Vive was honored with the Sir Charles Wheatstone Award for exemplifying exceptional forward movement in the VR Sciences. Her award was presented by AIS-VR Society President Jim Chabin and actress Maria Bello.

“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” (Sony Pictures Entertainment) was honored with a Lumiere statuette for Best 3D Live Action Feature. “Zootopia” (Walt Disney Studios) won for Best 3D Animation. “Dr. Strange” (Marvel Studios) won best 3D Stereography, Live Action and also 3D Scene of the Year for its journey of surreal astral projection.

Google Earth VR was presented the Century Award by Ed Begley Jr. for VR in service of environmental enrichment.

Two-time Academy-award winner, director Robert Stromberg presented Google with the award for Best VR Experience for Tilt Brush.

“Ghostbusters VR Experience” was awarded the Lumiere for Best VR Film Experience (Sony Pictures Entertainment/The Void). And besides Best 3D Live Action Feature, Sony PlayStation and Sony PCL Inc./Vicom Inc. were also honored with Best VR Music Experience for “Joshua Bell VR” and Best UHD for “Miyako Island’s Therapeutic Beaches,” respectively.

Best 3D Animated Stereography went to for “Kubo and the Two Strings” (Focus Features) and Best 3D Animated Short went to “Inner Workings” (Walt Disney Studios). Stereo D was honored with the Lumiere for Best Use of 2D to 3D Conversion for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

“Zootopia” (Walt Disney Studios) won for Best 3D Animation Feature, “Amazing Mighty Micro Monsters 3D” (Atlantic Prods./Colossus Prods.) won Best 3D Documentary. The archeological experience, “Mysteries of China,” was honored with Best 3D Documentary Short (Giant Screen Films/Top Production/Expanded Eye Entertainment). For Best 3D Live Action Short, War of Gaul (Cow Prod) won the award.

The Lumiere for Best VR Animation Experience was given to “Dear Angelica” (Oculus Story Studio) and Best VR Game went to “Job Simulator” by Owlchemy Labs.

Best 360 Series for “Invisible” went to Doug Liman, 30 Ninjas, Condé Nast, Jaunt VR and Samsung, and “Nomads: Sea Gypsies” was honored for Best 360 Live Action (Felix & Paul Studios).

“The Click Effect” (Annapurna Pictures/Here Be Dragons) and “Take Flight” (New York Times) won for Best VR Documentary and Best Journalism Experience, respectively.

“The 360 Tour of the Shinola Factory with Luke Wilson” won for Best VR Branded Experience (Reel FX).

In the HDR categories, “Live By Night” (Warner Bros.) took home the Lumiere for Best HDR Live Action and “Finding Dory” (Pixar) won for Best HDR Animation.

AWARD WINNERS INCLUDE:

HAROLD LLOYD AWARD: JON FAVREAU
SIR CHARLES WHEATSTONE: CHER WANG (HTC) and HTC Vive
CENTURY AWARD: GOOGLE EARTH VR
BEST 3D LIVE ACTION FEATURE:
BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK
(SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT)
BEST 3D ANIMATED FEATURE: ZOOTOPIA
(WALT DISNEY PICTURES)
BEST STEREOGRAPHY LIVE ACTION: DOCTOR STRANGE
(MARVEL STUDIOS)
BEST STEREOGRAPHY ANIMATED: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
(FOCUS FEATURES)
BEST 3D SHORT ANIMATED: INNER WORKINGS
(WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS)
BEST 3D SHORT LIVE ACTION: WAR OF GAUL
(COW PROD)
BEST USE OF 2D TO 3D CONVERSION: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (STEREO D)
BEST 3D SCENE OF THE YEAR: DR. STRANGE
(MARVEL STUDIOS)
BEST VR EXPERIENCE: TILT BRUSH (GOOGLE)
BEST VR FILM EXPERIENCE: GHOSTBUSTERS VR EXPERIENCE
(SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT/THE VOID)
BEST VR ANIMATION EXPERIENCE: DEAR ANGELICA
(OCULUS STORY STUDIO)
BEST VR MUSIC EXPERIENCE: JOSHUA BELL VR
(SONY PLAYSTATION)
BEST VR GAME: JOB SIMULATOR (OWLCHEMY LABS)
BEST 360 SERIES: INVISIBLE
(DOUG LIMAN/30 NINJAS/CONDE NAST/JAUNT VR/SAMSUNG)
BEST 360 LIVE ACTION: NOMADS: SEA GYPSIES
(FELIX & PAUL STUDIOS)
BEST VR SPORTS EXPERIENCE: FOLLOW MY LEAD: THE STORY OF THE 2016 NBA FINALS (OCULUS & M SS NG P ECES)
BEST VR DOCUMENTARY: THE CLICK EFFECT
(ANNAPURNA PICTURES/HERE BE DRAGONS)
BEST VR JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE: TAKE FLIGHT
(NEW YORK TIMES)
VR BRANDED EXPERIENCE: 360 TOUR OF THE SHINOLA FACTORY WITH LUKE WILSON (REEL FX)
BEST HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE: LIVE BY NIGHT (WARNER BROS.)
BEST HDR ANIMATION: FINDING DORY (PIXAR)
BEST 3D DOCUMENTARY: AMAZING MIGHTY MICRO MONSTERS 3D (ATLANTIC PRODS./COLOSSUS PRODS.)
BEST 3D DOCUMENTARY SHORT: MYSTERIES OF CHINA (GIANT SCREEN FILMS/TOP PROD./EXPANDED EYE ENTERTAINMENT)

BEST UHD: MIYAKO ISLAND’S THERAPEUTIC BEACHES

(SONY PCL INC./VICOM INC.)

BEST 3D FEATURE JURY PRIZE: MOJIN – THE LOST LEGEND
(WANDA MEDIA)

Contacts

The Prenner Group
Amy Prenner / Sheri Goldberg
310-709-1101 / 818-742-7776

Report on the USC ETC Augmented Reality Salon

Excellent report put together by Phil Lelyveld on the USC ETC Augmented Reality Salon that happened at the USC School of Cinematic Arts on Nov. 11.

“The Entertainment Technology Center at USC hosted an Augmented Reality Salon on the afternoon of November 11, 2016 at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Eightly-nine people with hands-on involvement in AR from 56 different organizations participated. ETC executive director/chief executive officer, Ken Williams, opened the event to welcome attendees, followed by Philip Lelyveld, ETC’s VR/AR Initiative program lead, who described the salon’s purpose and schedule. According to Lelyveld, until PokemonGo burst onto the scene last summer, AR was developing quietly in the shadow of VR. With our spike of awareness around the success of PokemonGo, we are rapidly redefining and evolving our ideas of what an AR experience can be. ‘We’re here to explore the possibilities of AR as a foundation for new types of storytelling, new types of human interaction, new approaches to revenue generation and business models, new combinations of technologies, new social, legal, and ethical challenges,’ said Lelyveld.”

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“The afternoon schedule started with six 10-minute presentations, each followed by five minutes of Q&A. Three of the presentations focused on the Business of AR and three on the Art and Technology of AR. These presentations set the stage for the most valuable part of the afternoon: discussion groups. Everyone in attendance was assigned to one of four classrooms where moderators led a 90-minute discussion. Each group was curated to include business people, technologists, and creatives. Some were experts in AR and others were new to it. Some represented major media companies and others were from start-ups. The goals were to share ideas and build community among peers. That evening, participants were sent an email to elicit what in the presentation they thought was important, interesting, hadn’t thought of before, and disagreed with. This report summarizes the entire event and the participants’ responses to the questions posed by email. By participating, attendees helped to support the ETC’s mandate, which is to accelerate the understanding and facilitate the adoption of promising new entertainment technologies within the entertainment community.”

The full report can be found here:

http://www.etcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/ETC-AR-Salon-Report.pdf

 

8th Annual Lumiere Awards: Submission Entries for Nominations

The deadline for the submission entries for nominations in The Advanced Imaging Society and VR Society’s 8th Annual Lumiere Awards is quickly approaching! The competition is open to content creators around the world.

All entries must be received by:
DECEMBER 16, 2016

Submission entries for nominations will be accepted into this year’s awards categories, including:

  • Virtual Reality
  • High Dynamic Range
  • High Frame Rate
  • 3D Feature – Live Action
  • 3D Feature – Animated
  • 3D Documentary
  • 3D Short
  • 3DTV
    (Entertainment, Sports, Live Event, Documentary)

Award winners will be recognized at the 8th Annual Lumiere Awards celebration on February 13th, 2017 at the Steven J. Ross Theater on the Warner Bros. studio lot.

The Submission Entry Form is here: 

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/cbb0f6dcbd57f8e9573257a90/files/AIS_Lumieres_Entry.pdf

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