Neil Patrick Harris is a Tony and Emmy award–winning stage and screen performer, famous for his many memorable roles. As a multi-hyphenate actor/producer/magician/etc., he is an expert in the "slash" generation and how the way we define what we do is changing.
Darren Aronofsky is the Academy Award–nominated director of mother!, Noah, Black Swan, The Wrestler, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream and π. He is also executive producer of the virtual reality experience SPHERES: Songs of Spacetime.
John Hanke is the CEO of Niantic Inc., the company responsible for the creation of massively popular works like Pokemon GO and Ingress. He was also a founding creator of the revolutionary "Google Earth" technology.
Rachel Tipograph has unlocked the secret of marketing to millennials and Gen Z. With her company MikMak, she single-handedly revolutionized the eCommerice landscape by creating a shoppable mobile video platform designed for the social media generation. She has appeared on Forbes's “30 under 30” and was named one of Fast Company's “Most Creative People in Business.”
Ryan Leslie is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, multiplatinum music producer, and avid technologist who has logged studio time with Madonna, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Beyoncé. After realizing the value of authentic and immediate correspondence with his audience, he taught himself to code and raised $5.5 million dollars to found SuperPhone, which lets users scale text communication while providing insights on how to optimize correspondence.
Vince Kadlubek believes we are living in a crisis of imagination, but he has plans to change that—starting with his creation, Meow Wolf, an immersive art experience that has become New Mexico’s #1 tourist attraction. Meow Wolf will soon open locations in Las Vegas and Denver, and has become a model for immersive exhibitions across the world.
Karina Wilsher is steering Anomaly to become one of the hottest agencies in the world. Recognized as one of Fast Company’s most innovative companies, Anomaly has won multiple awards, from Cannes Lions to Emmys, and was named Ad Age’s 2017 Agency of the Year. Their client list includes Google, SONOS, Budweiser, Diageo, and the Coca-Cola Company, among others.
Grace Boyle is a multi-sensory storyteller. She debunks the notion that we have 5 senses, and instead believes we have closer to 33. When we tell stories that engage all of our senses, we’re able to tell more powerful and emotional stories.
Curtis Hickman has dedicated his life to making the impossible possible. Having started out as a magician, he now works with fully immersive, location-based, hyper-reality experiences that merge virtual and physical environments. The result is a powerful experience where audiences have to remind themselves of what’s real and what isn’t. As Time.com put it, “these guys basically created a holodeck.”
Named one of “10 Women to Watch in Tech” by Inc. Magazine, Dr. Vivienne Ming wants to create better people—through technology. Whether she’s creating expression recognition AI or using cutting edge neuro-prosthetics, Vivienne’s goal is the same: to augment human potential.
Dr. Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn explores how embodied experiences like VR influences our attitudes and behavior. Her research investigates how interactive digital media such as virtual and augmented reality transform traditional rules of communication and social interactions, looking at how virtual experiences shape the way the way that people think, feel, and behave in the physical world.
Neuroscientist Anil Seth is interested in understanding the biological basis of conscious experience, a topic he considers one of the greatest challenges for 21st century science. His groundbreaking research provides fascinating insight into what this means for storytelling. His 2017 TED talk has been viewed over 5 million times.
While tactics of storytelling may change all the time, one thing that remains constant is the importance of creating compelling and memorable characters. In this workshop, participants join Titmouse Animation’s Chris Prynoski and Antonio Canobbio as they introduce a fun and new approach to character-building in animation.
David Droga is creative chairman of Droga5. He is the most-awarded creative at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity and the youngest person ever inducted into the New York Art Directors Club Hall of Fame.
Barnaby Churchill Steel is a visual artist and cofounder of the creative studio Marshmallow Laser Feast, whose glittering hoard of sensory nuggets includes music videos for U2 and the award-winning project Treehugger: Wawona.
Steve Stoute has made a career out of identifying and activating a new generation of consumers on behalf of iconic brands. His book The Tanning of America teaches corporate America how to engage with today’s young adult market.
MULTIDISCIPLINARY IMMERSIVE FILMMAKER, INTERACTIVE FILMS
Karen Palmer is an award-winning filmmaker and the creator of RIOT, an emotionally responsive, live-action film that uses AI and machine learning through facial recognition to allow viewers to navigate through a dangerous riot.
Using examples from classic stories and his own films, Don Hahn will take an immersive look at the foundations of storytelling, focusing on how to create compelling characters in conflict and peril who grapple with their fears to reach their goals.
In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to the Bunraku (tabletop) style of puppetry and learn to use the core concepts of breath, tension, and focus to bring to life the inanimate and explore the power of gesture.
Felix Barrett's productions transform existing architectural spaces into interactive theater pieces in order to disrupt the traditional, formulaic, and passive theater model. They demand the attention of all five senses.
VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING FOR COGNITIVE BUSINESS, IBM
The cognitive system IBM Watson and its powerful machine learning have been put to use for everything from business applications to creating recipes. Nancy Pearson explores how Watson can be used as a creative tool and put to use by human storytellers.
Join us as we discuss the production of our narrative VR film, Here and Now; set in New York’s Grand Central Station, it utilizes a single take to follow a variety of characters as they go about their day.
PRINCIPAL VR FILMMAKER, COFOUNDER, GOOGLE JUMP, OCULUS STORY STUDIO
Jessica Brillhart is the principal VR filmmaker for Google Jump. Saschka Unseld is a German-born director and writer who cofounded the Academy Award–nominated animation studio Soi, where he directed and produced numerous award-winning shorts and commercials before joining Pixar Animation Studios in 2008.
This interactive workshop will explore the steps necessary toward creating spoken word, from writing to editing to reciting, delving deeper into the ingredients that are essential to “baking” the perfect piece.