SIXR’s Holiday Cinematic Challenge and Other Learning Opportunities

14344245_1736422249943575_7151852877872171384_nSIXR is one of the most tenacious, friendly, and creative teams working in cinematic VR in Seattle, period. I freaking love them. This band of VR pioneers is all about spreading and sharing knowledge via intensive weekend jams. I attended one of them last summer and got to see a 360 movie filmed inside a hot tub. This weekend they’re hosting their Holiday 2016 Cinematic VR Challenge. If your holiday shopping is done and you’re itching to create some immersive video art with some of the most inventive artists working in the medium, you’re well advised to sign up. According to the Facebook page, there will be opportunities to experiment with binaural sound and attempts to create Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR). I’m too lazy to consult Wikipedia to learn exactly what that is, but I imagine it involves tripping out while wearing a HMD and listening to Dark Side of the Moon.

In a somewhat related note, yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with a couple folks who teach at Shoreline Community College in their forward-thinking audio technology department. The question came up about how to create a pipeline between education programs like Shoreline’s to jobs within the local immersive technology industry. Earlier in the week I learned about a fascinating department at the University of Washington called DXARTS, the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media. I arranged to visit the department after the holidays and am so curious to learn about their projects and ideas. The point being, there are these enclaves of vibrant thinkers who just need to get connected with others in the VR/AR community. I love making those connections.

Speaking of education, one of the benefits of working at CoMotion Labs is that I can bring on interns. I am currently looking for interns who wish to learn more about immersive media and contribute to a number of VR projects. If you’re a student and are eager to learn more about VR, don’t hesitate to contact me. I hope to set up at least one internship in the new year.