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A day of valuable workshops for producers, directors, technologists and content commissioners wishing to understand multiple aspects of immersive production.

Top industry experts will deliver a series of interactive workshops and showcase presentations on subjects such as volumetric camera systems, Blockchain distribution and VR, image capture, live 360 broadcasting and more.

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VIFF Immersed 2019 Program


Workshop: Making You Matter: Pioneering Interactive Immersive Storytelling at Baobab Studios

September 29, 2019, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Pyatt Hall
Larry Cutler shares a behind-the-scenes look at Baobab Studio’s many experiments, failures and learning experiences in developing interactive, animated VR narratives for four released projects: Invasion!, Asteroids!, Crow: The Legend and Bonfire. Larry will discuss the evolution of interactive immersive storytelling at the Emmy®, Annie® and Webby® Award-winning animation studio, which enables you to matter by building meaningful relationships with characters and the world.
Larry Cutler
Co-Founder, CTO, Baobab Studios

Workshop: Camera Systems and Image Capture

September 29, 2019, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Pyatt Hall
In virtual reality filmmaking, camera selection is both a science and an art. Different cameras do different things, and use is more a matter of prescription than of preference. Expert filmmaker and first-rate hacker Hugh Hou of Creator Up shares his knowledge and experience in this area.
Hugh Hou
Co-Founder / Creative Director, CreatorUp

Workshop: Building Cross Platform Immersive Experiences

September 29, 2019, 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm, Pyatt Hall
This workshop will focus on the latest development tools for building cross-platform immersive experiences that can be shown on multiple HMD’s. Dario Laverde of HTC VIVE will present tools such as the VIU plugin for Unity and review the available SDKs from http://developer.vive.com, including eye and hand tracking. Developer experience is not required for this session, which will include an overview of best practices in quickly building experiences for state-of-the-art devices requiring minimal coding.
Dario Laverde
Senior Developer Evangelist, HTC Vive

Workshop: Augmented Reality Production

September 29, 2019, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm, Pyatt Hall
Augmented Reality has applications across a wide variety of industries, including gaming, but what does it mean for storytellers? For starters, it can enhance narrative and transform the real world into a fictional one. Azad Abbasi of Genius XR walks through the various technologies and their applications to mobile, interactive and immersive narrative.
Azad Abbasi
CEO, Genius XR

Workshop: Volumetric Video in Motion Pictures

September 29, 2019, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm, Pyatt Hall
Volumetric Camera Systems create photoreal holograms using custom-designed, portable, cinematic-grade cameras which are powered by machine learning and a suite of scalable cloud processing tools. Learn about their use in executing high-level volumetric video projects for the largest movie and television studios.
Tobias Chen
Founder/CEO, Volumetric Camera Systems

Workshop: Blockchain Distribution and VR

September 29, 2019, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Pyatt Hall
Launched last year, ARA Blocks ports the power and security of Blockchain financial transaction capabilities to the world of content—all to the benefit of distributors, creators and audiences. Tony Mugavero explains Blockchain and ARA Blocks’ revolutionary system and why creators should take notice of it.
Tony Mugavero
Co-Founder/CEO, Co-Creator, Littlstar / ARA

Workshop: Live 360° Production

September 29, 2019, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Pyatt Hall
Live broadcasting in 360° can create a revolutionary experience with concerts, music festivals, sports, e-sports and other mass-audience events, but mastering it requires a particular sensibility and skill set. Veteran director Ben Carlin of XR Media Group has successfully made the leap into VR Broadcasting, and here he shares what you need to know about the technology.
Ben Carlin
Live VR and Cinematic VR Director, XR Media Group

Panel: BC Showcase

September 28, 2019, 4:15 pm - 5:10 pm, Pyatt Hall
XR Content created and coming out of British Columbia and onto the world stage is making an impact and contributing to the province’s reputation for award-winning XR. We’ll talk with BC creators whose content is on exhibition at VIFF Immersed.
Tobias Chen
Immersive Media Technologist
Anne Canute
East of the Rockies, NFB
Ollie Rankin

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