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Thomas Wallner

Thomas Wallner, founder and owner of DEEP Inc. is a producer, writer, director and game designer working in feature film, television, games and interactive media. In addition to producing innovative cross-media properties for television, he has written and directed eight award-winning feature documentaries that have been broadcast in more than 30 countries.

Thomas Wallner is a rare example of a creative filmmaker who is truly at home in the interactive media world. His work earned him international recognition as one of the world’s leading cross platform TV pioneers. Over the past ten years Thomas has consistently applied his award winning vision as a storyteller to push the limits of interactive narrative. A leading figure in the creation of participatory narratives he brought the underground genre of Alternate Reality Gaming into the Television mainstream, culminating in the Emmy Award winning genre-benders Fallen and Regenesis. In 2007 Thomas Wallner pushed the boundaries of nonlinear story telling even further by developing the story concept for Late Fragment, Canada’s first interactive feature drama produced by the National Film Board.

His project Inside Hana’s Suitcase, a feature documentary, interactive world and video web series adaptation of the bestselling children’s book, Hana’s Suitcase was nominated for a 2010 digital Emmy.

Additional credits include interactive adaptations of the CBS/CTV police drama Flashpoint, the CTV Space / SyFy Network drama Sanctuary, TVO’s Empire of the Word and the M.I. High Game for BBC while ongoing distribution of Total Drama Island – Totally Interactive! (Teletoon, Cartoon Network) now includes over ten million registered players.

Thomas is a recipient of numerous international honours including two Emmy Awards and three additional nominations, a Rose d’Or, SXSW Interactive Award, and two Webbys. More recently he was nominated for Interactive Producer of the Year at the Canada New Media Awards.

At DEEP Thomas is currently focusing on developing a cinematic language that utilizes 360 video technologies to tell stories in innovative ways.

Greg Downing

Greg Downing specializes in image-based 3D technologies and computational photography techniques. His photographic work has been displayed in some of the nations most prestigiousmuseums including the American Museum of Natural History, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Tech Museum. He has worked on the development of  photogrammetry and stitching software at Realviz and in film production as a technical director at Rhythm & Hues and Sony Pictures Imageworks on “Narnia”, “Spiderman 3″ and “I am Legend”. He teaches at Gnomon School for Visual Effects and has published professional training DVDs on  photogrammetry and panoramic stitching. He has presented at professional conferences for both photographers and visual effects artists.
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Eric Hanson

Eric Hanson is a visual effects designer specializing in the creation of digital environments. Having worked with leading visual effects houses such as Digital Domain, Sony Imageworks, Dream Quest Images, and Walt Disney Feature Animation, his work can be seen in “The Day After Tomorrow”, “Cast Away”, “Mission to Mars”, “Fantasia 2000”, and “The Fifth Element”, among others. He has authored four educational DVDs on digital environment creation for The Gnomon Workshop, as well as having published two books on Maya technique.  He is also an Associate Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, leading their curriculum in visual effects. Eric is a member of the VESIVRPA, PMA, ACM/Siggraph and attended the University of Texas at Austin. He wishes he could sleep more.
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Emerging Innovation in Virtual Reality Capture

IVRPA is delighted to announce that Eric Hanson and Greg Downing from xRez Studio were able to adjust their schedule to meet with us in Las Vegas. It’s hard to find words to introduce their extraordinary work, so you may just have a look at their website or lean back and enjoy the recent showreels.
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IVRPA Las Vegas 2014 360° VR Photography Conference

IVRPA, the International VR Photography Association is proud to announce that on May 25-31 2014 , Las Vegas, Nevada will become the world capital of 360° Panoramic and VR Photography and Video!

Las Vegas 2014 – Raising the Game is THE event of the Panoramic VR Community. You will experience and learn from the best of the best!

Our first talk is at 9 am on the 26th and the last one on Friday the 30th. On Saturday the 31st, we will take you on an excursion to some awesome locations around Las Vegas.

Las Vegas 2014 — Raising the Game is online

I am proud to announce on behalf of the IVRPA Board of Directors that Las Vegas 2014 – RAISING THE GAME – The International Panoramic Photography Conference, is on.

The conference will take place at the Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas, NV from May 25th until May 31st 2014.

“Raising the Game” is this years theme, and you can take my word for it, with this years conference not only IVRPA is opting to raise the game.

We are very happy to announce that Evan Rapoport, Product Manager on Google Maps for Photo Sphere, Views, & Street View and his team will join us and that we have a confirmation that Anne Archambault, Senior Program Manager at Photosynth will give us a presentation.

And this is just the beginning. Over the course of the next weeks a lot of information will be added here about all aspects of the Las Vegas 2014 Conference Talks, Las Vegas 2014 Workshops, Las Vegas 2014 Social Events and Las Vegas 2014 Excursions.

So don’t hesitate to purchase your conference tickets for Las Vegas 2014 through our Tickets page.

The first 25 bookings will benefit from an Early-Bird discount.

We highly recommend to also book your stay at the Tropicana Hotel through our Hotel page.

We were able to negotiate a rate of just $65 per room and night for the time of the conference. The price is guaranteed for a block of 80 rooms. Once they’re gone the Tropicana will still have plenty of rooms available, but there is no guarantee that they will extend the rate to a larger number of rooms.

Attendees who wish to extend their stay in Las Vegas before and/or after the conference should please contact us via our Contact page, or if you have any other questions.

Jürgen Schrader
President IVRPA and Las Vegas 2014 Organizer

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