Beauty of Volumetric Video

Thu, May 23 - 21:30


San Francisco, San Francisco County



Volumetric video creates a massive new narrative paradigm which we are just beginning to scratch the surface. Storytellers now have tools that involve their viewers and allow them to be active participants in those stories. These tools elevate an experience from offering intellectual stimulus to creating a deep emotional impact. Volumetric video provides all the micro-nuances of performance and muscle movement giving the viewer a sense of presence, but what if that performer could interact with the viewer, track their location in space, and talk directly to them? Ewan Johnson from Arcturus studio will talk about his recent project with Santander Bank and how they solved technical challenges of volumetric capture using the volumetric video post-production platform, HoloSuite.


6:30 PM - Doors open, mingling, and networking

7:00 PM - Meetup kickoff & introductions

7:15 PM - Talk

8:00 PM - Audience Q/A

Ewan Johnson is the Chief Creative Officer at ArcturusEwan Johnson leads the creative output of Arcturus, an XR studio he co-founded in 2016. He drives the creation of compelling and engaging experiences across all aspects of creation and the new technology needed to get there. Specifically, Ewan is focused on our continuing development of HoloSuite, the only capture agnostic post-production platform designed specifically for the editing and playback of the volumetric video. Ewan applies his extensive experience as a digital cinematographer to the creation of AR/VR worlds. Starting with Toy Story, he formed and designed Pixar's cinematography department. He led creative on the cinematography for A Bug's Life, Monster's Inc., Toy Story 2 and a slew of other Pixar films. He joined Dreamworks Animation in a similar capacity for the Madagascar films, How to Train your Dragon and others. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for both creative design and pipeline development. Discovering a passion for an emerging format, Ewan focused on developing live action and CG virtual reality experiences resulting in projects for the Denver Broncos, NBC Universal and Björk. He is an active presenter giving talks and moderating panels at Siggraph, international animation festivals, and various VR, content, and technology conferences.

Steve Sullivan is currently GM for the Mixed Reality Capture Studios at Microsoft. Based in San Francisco, with partner stages in Los Angeles and London, the studios create a volumetric video of real people and performances for immersive headsets, mobile AR, and traditional 2D experiences.Prior to joining Microsoft, Steve was Senior Technology Officer for ILM/Lucasfilm. He led R&D across the Lucas Divisions, advancing the state of the art in content creation tech for film, TV, and games. He contributed to over 70 films and received three Academy Awards for Technology. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and recently served 6 years on the Academy's Science and Technology Council. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with an emphasis on multi-view reconstructions.

Michelle Excell is the lead consultant and founder of the Antipodean Collective, a hybrid consultancy, and production company. On the consulting side, Michelle and specialist partners advise brands and agencies on how to navigate new technology landscapes and build strong ‘innovation roadmaps’. On the production side, The Antipodean brings together a collective of the world’s leading innovation and experiential production partners specializing in AR, VR, IOT and creative services. VISYON is an award-winning production company whose mission is empowering innovation through emerging technologies and creative solutions, such as VR, AR, Holograms and AI. They believe that the effective use of emerging technologies we can enhance our physical existence and bring positive change to society through innovation in healthcare, education, and environment.

Food and drinks are provided
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