Floria Sigismondi’s Rihanna Video

Commit this name to memory: Floria Sigismondi. Floria is a director of one feature film, The Runaways, many music videos, and many commercials. She’s set to direct an adaptation of the Alejandro Jodorowsky comic book Bouncer, which is probably going to be the biggest meeting of cinematic imaginations in history. Remember those twitchy Marilyn Manson videos from the nineties? That was her. Also visually brilliant … Continue reading Floria Sigismondi’s Rihanna Video

I’m Surveying People About Smoking Weed and Using VR

I’m curious about how the consumption of marijuana (which is legal in my home state, prevalent in Seattle, and impossible to avoid clouds of in my neighborhood) is related to the creation and enjoyment of VR. I’ve thrown together a quick survey for VR makers and users who might also consume cannabis. I’m not a statistician and this is totally unscientific, driven by nothing more … Continue reading I’m Surveying People About Smoking Weed and Using VR

Feelies

“Going to the Feelies this evening, Henry?” enquired the Assistant Predestinator. “I hear the new one at the Alhambra is first-rate. There’s a love scene on a bearskin rug; they say it’s marvelous. Every hair of the bear reproduced. The most amazing tactual effects…” “Take hold of these knobs on the arms of your chair,” whispered Lenina. “Otherwise, you won’t get any of the feely … Continue reading Feelies

Wednesday VR News Aggregation

This week I’ve been conducting interviews with fascinating people all over Seattle for the article on VR that I’m writing for Seattle Met magazine. One consistent theme I’ve discovered is that everybody is drinking from the same fire hose of VR news, developments, and meetup invites, and everyone feels like they’re missing out on everything that’s happening. I just take that as a sign of … Continue reading Wednesday VR News Aggregation

Seattle’s Women Pioneers of VR

The day before Father’s Day I took my nine year-old daughter to the VR Women’s Createathon at UW’s Startup Hall. There were reportedly around 100 participants, women who are interested in creating new VR tools, apps, and experiences. Some were absolute novices, others had more experience coding and more familiarity with the devices. The purpose of the event was to learn, share knowledge, and make … Continue reading Seattle’s Women Pioneers of VR

Characters and Play-Alongs

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AARP Member

It’s 2016 and we’re still consuming entertainment populated with characters created in the twentieth century. Like these trusty senior citizens:

Bilbo Baggins: 1937

Superman: 1938

Batman: 1939

Spider-Man: 1962

Luke Skywalker: 1977

(I suppose Luke is more of a Gen-Xer.)

Instead of taking old characters from flat media and dumping them into VR, what if VR storytellers aimed to create all new characters from scratch? After all, every Marvel super hero was at once just a few pencil strokes on a piece of paper.

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Thursday VR News

Time for a little aggregation. Magic Leap is building an office in Georgetown. This is a big deal for a few reasons. One, it means that the competitor of Microsoft’s Hololens has a presence in Microsoft’s back yard. Two, the AR pioneer will be within a couple light rail stops of Seattle’s Oculus Rift and HTC offices, cementing Sodo as a center for VR development. … Continue reading Thursday VR News