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Children’s Global Media Summit from Dec. 5 to 7 at Manchester

Children’s Global Media Summit from Dec. 5 to 7 at Manchester

Technology, VR
Top names from the fields of virtual reality and technological innovation will assemble in Manchester, UK next month to lay out a vision of the future of storytelling at the 2017 Children’s Global Media Summit that will go on from Dec. 5 to 7. This debate will be one highlight of the Summit’s unique program focused on the themes of education, empowerment, entertainment, innovation and freedom. Those who will participate in the What’s the Future of Storytelling? panel will be Gerard Grech, CEO at Tech City UK; Jan Pinkava, Creative Director at Google Spotlight Stories and Resh Sidhu, creative director for Virtual Reality at Framestore. The session will explore how virtual reality has changed children’s perceptions of the world. Spencer Kelly, who presents the BBC’s flagship technology sh
Let’s Make a Deal turns into a VR show

Let’s Make a Deal turns into a VR show

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Since the inception of Let's Make a Deal in 1963, the variety game show has transformed its content considerably over the years. And now the Wayne Brady hosted series is starting to break into virtual reality. Pegged to Halloween on Tuesday, the show has revealed a series shot in 360-degree 3D video that introduces a method for fans at home to actually step foot inside the studio from the comfort of their homes. Talking of the newest addition of the show, producer Jersey Feimster says, "It is a virtual reality experience as the host of Let's Make a Deal. Viewers can step into Wayne Brady's shoes and get a 3D perspective of being the host of the show. This is an opportunity for Let's Make a Deal to use new technology to engage with our home audience. They'll feel like they're stepping r
Academy’s special award for CARNE y ARENA

Academy’s special award for CARNE y ARENA

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The Academy’s (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Board of Governors has, by way of a vote, decided to present a special award, an Oscar statuette to virtual reality (VR) installation CARNE y ARENA by groundbreaking Mexican director Alejandro G. Iñárritu known for films like The Revenant, Birdman, Amores Perros.   The installation is a collaboration between Iñárritu, Lubezki, producer Mary Parent, Legendary Entertainment, Fondazione Prada, ILMxLAB, and Emerson Collective. Katie Calhoon executive produced. This latest honour for the four-time Oscar-winning filmmaker is being given to him in recognition of a visionary and powerful experience in storytelling. Academy President John Bailey said in the announcement: “The Governors of the Academy are proud to presen
Ringling College will be first to offer degree in VR

Ringling College will be first to offer degree in VR

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Florida’s Ringling College of Art and Design will be the first art college and one of the first educational institutions to offer a degree in the rapidly growing field of virtual reality (VR) for artists and designers. The Virtual Reality Development; major, a four-year BFA degree programme will commence in fall 2018. It is now accepting applications for the inaugural class. “Virtual Reality is going to change everything,” quips Dr. Larry R. Thompson, President of Ringling College. “The opportunities extend far beyond the worlds of gaming and entertainment—this technology will revolutionize the way we live and work, and it will offer unexplored opportunities for artists and designers. We want our students and graduates to be leading this monumental shift, advancing and defining this ne
DIFF will launch VR programme in its 13th edition in December

DIFF will launch VR programme in its 13th edition in December

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In its 13th edition, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), that will go on from December 7to 14, will launch a virtual reality programme. The stand, titled DIFFerent REALITY, will give festival-goers the opportunity to sample VR films spanning fiction, documentary and animation. On the industry side, Dubai Film Market (DFM) will give delegates chance to hear from VR creators and experience the technology. Detailing the upcoming VR experience, DIFF chairman Abdulhamid Juma said, “VR gives filmmakers a new, immersive medium which is an exciting new direction for cinema - and our compelling and engaging line-up of VR films push the technological boundaries of storytelling.” VR has had an increased presence at festivals, most recently at Sundance, Cannes and Sheffield Doc/Fest with
SIGGRAPH 2017 to hold VR presentation and screen film by The New York Times

SIGGRAPH 2017 to hold VR presentation and screen film by The New York Times

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SIGGRAPH 2017, the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational experience showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques will hold a special VR presentation and film screening produced by The New York Times. SIGGRAPH 2017 marks the 44th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques that will be held from 30 July to 3 August in Los Angeles. Graham Roberts, director of immersive platforms storytelling for The New York Times will present a 40-minute talk about the organization’s VR expertise and integration of the new medium into the legendary media outlet’s news reporting through NYT VR. The talk will include insight into the making of The Antarctica Series: Under A Cracked Sky, a nearly 10-minute short film tha
Bandai Namco set to open VR zone in Tokyo

Bandai Namco set to open VR zone in Tokyo

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Bandai Namco Entertainment will soon open a VR entertainment facility titled VR Zone Shinjuku in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo. Going by the success of its predecessor VR Zone Project I Can, the new VR zone will feature more than 15 activities that include Dragon Ball VR Master the Kamehameha, Evangelion VR The Throne of Souls, Ghost in the Shell Arise: Stealth Hounds and Mario Kart Arcade GP VR. The facility will also include a range of new non-IP VR activities where guests will be able to explore a fantasy world, a dinosaur survival run and more. Additionally, the company has partnered with digital art group Naked to develop projection mapping installations in and out of the facility. The exterior will showcase a projection of Pac-Man, among other images, while the inside will feature
Four documentaries in VR planned for Sunday afternoon in city

Four documentaries in VR planned for Sunday afternoon in city

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Come Sunday the 28th of May, there is a treat lined up for VR enthusiasts. ElseVR-a one of its kind reality quarterly magazine has arranged for the screening of four documentaries-all in VR. The short films of eighth minute duration each will be available to viewers via four headsets. Cover topics include cow vigilantes to the fight for women’s entry at Trimbakeshwar temple, coal mines threatening indigenous population in central India and what wrestling champion Mahavir Singh Phogat had to endure. Earlier, ElseVR had erected special booths at Metro stations in New York. Similar activity is being planned for the UK. While Sunday Shorts and Screenings usually stick to traditional short film and full-length feature films, the ElseVR promise to be a different experience is a must for one
Global production house We Fly Coach ties up with visual effects company Believe

Global production house We Fly Coach ties up with visual effects company Believe

Animation, VR
By joining forces with award-winning animation and visual effects house Believe, Global production company We Fly Coach, a network of directors, producers and artistes with 10 offices worldwide has expanded its creative capabilities. Based in Santiago with offices in New York, Believe is a 10-year-old studio of some 30 artistes and producers, which crafts content for ad agencies, TV networks and more. “Believe’s team of artists is consistently producing such compelling, high-quality work across a wide range of styles. We are excited to partner with them to pair our talented directors with their superior artistry to provide the best results for our clients,” commented Dan Pack, We Fly Coach’s Managing Director. The strategic partnership will allow We Fly Coach to expand its live-action
Aardman Animations releases its first ever VR character

Aardman Animations releases its first ever VR character

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Today is the world of virtual reality films, with scores of big and small studious opening gates for a more immersive experience of films, animated shows, games and a lot more. Aardman Animations, a British animation studio based in Bristol, has released its first ever Aardman character VR (virtual reality) experience, Shaun the Sheep Movie Barn VR (app). Announcing this new VR experience, Shaun the Sheep’s creator Richard Starzak said, “’Oo-arr!! Shaun’s in VR! It’s so exciting to see Shaun and the Flock enter the virtual world! Join the gang in their barn on Mossy Bottom Farm, sit amongst them and enjoy the film show. (Don’t sit too close to Shirley though!).” The free app is available to download from GooglePlay and the App Store and viewable through light mobile headsets such as Goo