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Join us on Jan. 26 for a thought leadership panel, a special surprise at the conclusion of the panel, and a social networking happy hour at our ‘VR Bar’

We are excited to be part of the creative atmosphere and conversations taking place at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 26. We hope that you can join us as we lead a panel discussion focusing on virtual reality, and highlight the creative work of partners at a special ‘VR Bar.’ Panelist at “VR: Next Steps” will talk about some of the projects they have recently produced, obstacles they have overcome, challenges in the industry that still need to be solved and what’s next on the VR horizon. Roy Taylor, AMD Corporate Vice President, Content, Alliances will be moderating this thought-provoking discussion.

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Special Surprise for Panel Attendees

At the conclusion of the VR panel, one lucky content creator from the audience will have a chance to be featured on Radeon.com and to win a high-end PC featuring an AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100 graphics card – a VR Ready Creator card designed for VR and the immersive computing era. VR is emerging as the next major industry inflection point for many workflows, and the Radeon Pro WX 7100 delivers the performance needed to drive user experiences to this next level of immersion.

 

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Creator’s Coffee with AMD & Oculus, Oculus House, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. , 201 Heber Ave. @ Main Street, Park City, Utah.

Join Roy Taylor, AMD’s Corporate Vice President of Alliances, Content and VR, as an industry leading proponent for Virtual Reality at The Oculus House on January 26, 2017.  You’ll hear about highlights in VR Entertainment from 2016 and what to look forward to in 2017.  His unique perspective will provide intriguing insight into the next steps for the VR industry.

 

 

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Cinematic VR and the Future of Storytelling, CineTransformer 500 Main St., Thursday Jan. 26, 12:00-1:30p.m.

Join AMD’s Roy Taylor for a special panel presentation at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The candid conversation with industry leaders will explore the future of cinematic VR with the world’s first cinematic VR chair, Voyager, available to demo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panel: Thursday, January 26, 3:00-4:30 p.m. CineTransformer 500 Main St.

VR: Next Steps: By all measures, virtual reality is slated to change our world.  From entertainment to education, healthcare, journalism and beyond- this immersive media will disrupt for years to come- but what’s on the immediate horizon?
Meet the panelists and learn about their projects below.

 

VR Bar at Music Café, 751 Main St., Thurs. Jan. 26, 8:30–10:30 p.m.

Join us at the VR Bar on Main Street and Experience FRANCIS, A VR Short Film for Social Change, by Fugitives Creative & Strongheart Group and Remembering Pearl Harbor, by Time Inc. + LIFE VR

In partnership with TIME’s LIFE VR and HTC VIVE, AMD brings history to life in “Remembering Pearl Harbor”.

Watch, “The Making of FRANCIS” a VR Film and read more about the making of FRANCIS.

 


Meet the ‘VR: Next Steps’ Panelists and Their Projects:

Eren Asku, Chief Opportunity Creator for Emblematic Group

BIO: Eren Aksu is a VR Film maker, Entrepreneur and the Chief Opportunity Creator for Emblematic Group in Los Angeles, California. He has in-depth knowledge of the Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality industries, helping companies build custom content solutions and pipelines for these completely new mediums. Starting his career building Augmented Reality applications and bringing historical figures to life in Istanbul and Virginia, he is currently working as Chief Opportunity Creator at Emblematic Group, one of the industry leaders in Virtual Reality. He speaks regularly at events around the world about frontier technologies and has helped produce multiple VR experiences featured at festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Sheffield Docfest, SIFF X, IDFA.

Project: Out of Exile: Out of Exile is a powerful reminder of the kind of hostility faced by so many in the LGBTQ community. The piece shines a light on a terrible statistic: forty per cent of homeless youth in America identify as LGBTQ, with the majority coming from communities of color.

 

Chris Gernon, President and CEO, Fugitives Creative

BIO: Chris Gernon is President and CEO of Fugitives Creative and Fugitives Editorial, an award winning marketing and advertising firm offering full service creative solutions for some of the most influential brands in the world, including Disney Parks and Resorts, E!, CNN, Dyson, DirecTV,  ABC, Black & Decker, and Charter Communications to name a few.  Last year, while exploring VR as a new storytelling medium we found Francis’ story fitting to our mission of using media to evoke change. This social obligation is something we care deeply about and believe it has real impact in the world. We’re excited for this opportunity to bring his story out of the shadows and onto the world stage.

Project: FRANCIS: VR Producer/Creator
Mental health issues impose an enormous burden on families and communities. Depression alone is already the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting over 350 million people. By the year 2030, it is projected to be the #1 health problem in the world. In this new Sundance Stories of Change virtual reality film “FRANCIS” we follow the true story and words of Francis Pii Kugbila, a school teacher in Ghana who was suffered a mental disorder and the negative consequences of a lack of mental health care.

Content created on an AMD Radeon Pro SSG with Adobe Premiere, Mettle, AMD Radeon WX 7100, GearVR, and Oculus.

 

Tim Dillon Head of VR & Immersive Content for MPC Advertising USA.

BIO: Tim Dillion is the head of VR & Immersive Content for MPC Advertising USA, a leading VR, AR, Mixed Reality & Experiential production. Recent Projects include: Kygo ‘Carry Me’ VR Experience, The Nature Conservancy VR, One Republic KIDS 360, Suicide Squad VR, Go Baby Go, Facebook ‘Here And Now’, Google Tilt Brush, Oculus Introduction To VR, Faraday Future VR, The Martian VR, Goosebumps VR, U2 ‘Song For Someone’ VR, Catatonic VR, Ralph Lauren 4D Show

Project: HEROES: VR Producers/Screenwriter

Heroes: While using 2-D, virtual reality, and augmented reality headsets, become immersed in a fiercely athletic and romantic dance that permeates an extravagant movie palace where silent films were once shown. Melissa Painter and her key collaborators have crafted a multidimensional experience that lets you chase dancers around a pool and on stage, scale through a labyrinth of stunning architecture, and even reach out and hold the dancers in the palm of your hand. After the swirl of experience, you will find that you have accomplished a dance of your own.
Content created using an HP Z280 with Radeon Pro WX 7100 and HoloLens

 

Melissa Painter, MAP Design LAB

BIO: Melissa Painter is an award-winning filmmaker/author and has premiered immersive content and feature films at Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, New York, Cannes, and Telluride film festivals. She heads MAP Design Lab, a multimedia design studio focused on the intersections of emergent technologies and human intent and on employing narrative design to tackle challenges of today and the future. Painter is the co-founder of Rebus, a collaboration between designers and technologists that makes tools for learning.

Project HEROES: Director

Heroes: While using 2-D, virtual reality, and augmented reality headsets, become immersed in a fiercely athletic and romantic dance that permeates an extravagant movie palace where silent films were once shown. Melissa Painter and her key collaborators have crafted a multidimensional experience that lets you chase dancers around a pool and on stage, scale through a labyrinth of stunning architecture, and even reach out and hold the dancers in the palm of your hand. After the swirl of experience, you will find that you have accomplished a dance of your own.
Content created using an HP Z280 with Radeon Pro WX 7100 and HoloLens.

 

Andrew Schwartz, Head of Mixed Reality- Radiant Images.

BIO & PROJECTS: Andrew Schwartz, is a high level technical creative producer on the bleeding edge of reality. This Wizard started his career in television over 20 years ago as a wunderkind visual effects supervisor on projects for NBC, Sony and Jerry Bruckheimer. He quickly transitioned to film and started as a Senior Compositor in 1999, at Rhythm and Hues, on Stuart Little. By 2008, he had comped his way around the world and was now working as a stereoscopic colorist on the 3D feature Journey to The Center of the Earth. This project led him into the Stereo3D world; where he was one of the Stereo3D compositor on the blockbusters Avatar, and Alice in Wonderland. Currently, with over 60 credits in film and television, he’s a proven innovator and veteran of the industry. Utilizing his past experiences, 360 and VR came naturally next. Delivering projects from Mini for the New York Times, to working with Lytro on 360 light-fields. Since joining Radiant Images as Head of Mixed Reality, Andrew continues to bring a unique take combining cutting-edge technology with creative decisions. His unique point of view has been invaluable to Radian Images as they forge a path into the future. Radiant Images is in partnership with AMD to implement LOOM 360 for real-time stitching with Radeon Pro.

 

Learn more about the AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100 Graphics Card and VR Ready Creator Technologies:

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Dee Dee Yelverton, Dee Dee Yelverton is Senior Developer Outreach Engineer for AMD. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

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