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Las Vegas 2014 Speakers

Aleksandr Reznik

Born in Vilnius, USSR (now Lithuania)

I have been calling myself a photographer since 1990. By education I am an IT specialist. Currently I am working in my own company as an IT consultant. Since 2002 I provide IT trainings, so opening photo school was a natural decision. The school is running since 2010.

I became interested in panoramic photography in 2009.  Main areas of interest:

  • Gigapixel panoramas
  • Spherical gigapixel
  • Handheld panoramas
  • Spherical group photo

In Iceland 2013 at conference I spoke about “Smart gigapixel” technology – combining different techniques to improve gigapixel quality.

As I started making panoramic photography without any panoramic equipment I had to deal with lot of parallax errors and as a result use a lot of retouching.

In 2013 I have founded site which offer panorama stitching services – Our main area of expertise is stitching of panoramas with parallax errors. This usually includes panoramas from helicopters, handheld panoramas, or panoramas’ shoots at difficult conditions. We also offer gigapixel, HDR, and 360 video processing services.

Matthew Mascheri

Matthew Mascheri President, Dome3D LLC – Matthew is the President of Dome3D LLC, an award winning immersive media company, that works in a variety mediums ranging from fulldome theaters to head mounted displays.  He and his team create immersive content, design custom hardware solutions and provide production training and support.

For over fifteen years Matthew has created immersive content, beginning his career at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.  In 2007 he founded Dome3D, and has worked on a wide variety of projects around the globe.  His clients include museums, planetariums, bio-tech firms, professional sports teams and sky diving facilities.

Matthew is involved with IMERSA, DUG, IPS, IVRPA, IAAPA and other trade groups to explore how immersive technologies can be applied in a variety of markets.

Joergen Geerds

Joergen Geerds is partner at Freedom360, a worldwide supplier of professional 360 video rigs with customers and resellers around the globe. He is a recurring speaker at the IVRPA conferences, with a long creative background in fine art panorama photography, film making, advertising and art direction. He shares a deep love for the medium and encourages everyone to experiment with it.

Kirk Membry

Kirk was inspired to become a photographer because of his interest in the intersection of technology and art. He holds a BA in Graphic Design from Rutgers University and has over 20 years of IT and web design experience including Fortune 500’s such as Dell, IBM, Viacom and Panasonic. Combining his web design skills with his photography expertise, he created Moss Creek Media ( in 2009, a photography company that specializes in 360 degree panoramics and virtual tours for the hospitality and tourism industry.

He works fulltime at MadPow ( as a Senior Experience Designer, where he focuses on the user experience.  Kirk is a champion for the user, bridging the gap between design and development for  websites and applications (web, mobile and stand alone), always with the user’s best interests in mind.

A self proclaimed “gadget geek”, Kirk is always checking out the latest technologies and when he’s not buried behind a wall of monitors, he’ll be out on the trails hiking and snowboarding or out on the water sea kayaking, always with a camera in hand.

Kazutaka Uchida

Kazutaka Uchida is the Chief Technology Officer of Kadinche, Tokyo, Japan. He designed and implemented the cloud based panorama virtual shop hosting and authoring tool called PanoPlaza jointly with his team members. He is specialized in both software development and hardware hacking.

Before joining Kadinche, he was a research scientist in Sony corporation doing research on next generation audio visual application. He earned his master’s in engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Roelof de Vries

Roelof de Vries (1980) is specialized in panoramic photography, aerial photography, timelapse photography and mashups of these three disciplines.

During an internship in 2003 he saw his first 360˚ image and was immediately sold. His first project Dak van Rotterdam (Rotterdam Rooftops) was also his gradiation project for an education in media technology.
Right after his study he founded his company Little Planet and specializes in the production of  visual, (online) concepts based on photography, mainly for the presentation of real estate, urban planning/development and large construction-projects.

Since last year he joined the Shadowview Foundation which provides Unmanned Aerial Systems for environmental, conservation and humanitarian relief operations where he intergrates his knowledge about 360˚ visuals into Shadowviews projects.

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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