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Digital Production Buzz – November 9, 2017

Virtual Reality (VR) is captivating the imagination of many filmmakers. But what is it, how is it different from traditional filmmaking, and what do filmmakers need to know to make it work? This week, we answer these questions.

Join host Larry Jordan as he talks with Michael Wohl, Michele Yamazaki, Matthew Celia, Andy Cochrane, Chris Bobotis, and James DeRuvo.

  • Explaining Virtual Reality
  • 360/VR Software and Plug-ins
  • Telling Stories With 360/VR
  • VR Production Requires New Skills
  • A Developer’s Perspective on 360/VR
  • The Weekly DoddleNEWS Update

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Guests this Week

Explaining Virtual Reality

Michael Wohl

Michael Wohl, Author, The 360° Video Handbook

Michael Wohl, author of “The 360° Video Handbook” joins us tonight to explain what 360/VR is, how it works, and what filmmakers need to know about it.

360/VR Software and Plug-ins

Michele Yamazaki

Michele Yamazaki, VP Marketing, Toolfarm

360/VR effects are significantly different from standard visual effects. Michele Yamazaki, VP of Marketing for Toolfarm, joins us this week to share her thoughts on 360/VR, new plugins that support it, and where VR is most likely to be succeed initially.

Telling Stories With 360/VR

Matthew Celia

Matthew Celia, Creative Director, Light Sail VR

Many people say that VR is mostly for gaming. Tonight, Matthew Celia, Creative Director for Light Sail VR explains why 360/VR is more than gaming and how they use VR to tell stories.

VR Production Requires New Skills

Andy Cochrane

Andy Cochrane, Director, The AV Club

Telling stories with VR is still in its infancy. Tonight, Andy Cochrane, Director of The AV Club, talks about the fundamental and steep learning curve that needs to take place for VR storytelling is to thrive. VR requires all new skills.

A Developer’s Perspective on 360/VR

Chris Bobotis

Chris Bobotis, Director of Immersive, Adobe Systems, Inc.

There’s one more perspective of VR that we need to hear from: developers. Tonight, Chris Bobotis, former CEO of Mettle, now Director of Immersive for Adobe Systems, describes how Adobe views VR, how they support it in Premiere today and what editors need to know to use it successfully.

The Weekly DoddleNEWS Update

James DeRuvo

James DeRuvo, Senior Writer, DoddleNEWS

James DeRuvo, Senior Writer at DoddleNEWS, has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. With experience covering technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James presents our weekly DoddleNEWS Update.

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Five Years Ago Today on The Buzz...


We talked with Dylan Carter, Digital Workflow Specialist for Level 3, about a new digital workflow called "Near Set Production." (This became what we now call the "DIT.”)