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film, tech, virtual reality

Trials on Tatooine

This week ILMxLAB did the first public play test of Trials on Tatooine at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Trails on Tatooine is a first-person story-based virtual reality experiment where you don a headset and get to walk around Tatooine, stand beneath the Millennium Falcon as in comes in for a landing nearly on your head, hear from Han Solo in the cockpit and eventually even defend yourself with a virtual lightsaber.

Working on this experience with the team at Lucasfilm has been a true highlight of my first two years at the organization and an amazing opportunity. Seeing everyone react so enthusiastically this week has been super rewarding. Here are a few of my favorite write-ups from the week:

Time.com

“…you can practically smell the ozone wafting from its lethal light field.”

Fortune

“Star Wars Trials on Tatooine blends storytelling with video game mechanics, including lightsaber wielding, for a brand new way to experience Disney’s Star Wars universe.”

io9

“It was awesome–-and then I got to swing a lightsaber.”

StarWars.com

“Lucasfilm’s next big foray into the future is here.”

I also got to meet Norman Chan from Tested.com, and we had a detailed discussion about the making of this experience and ILMxLAB’s other efforts in the space.

If this kind of work sounds like fun to you, we’re hiring!

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film, tech

Things I learned as CTO at Sony Pictures

For the past few years I’ve been the CTO of a division of Sony Pictures heading up Imageworks, Animation, and more recently Colorworks and Post Production. Before this time, I’d had opportunities to lead large teams on movies, but had never served in an executive position. These notes are mostly for myself, but hopefully someone else will benefit as well.

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film, tech

Creativity Inc.

A few great quotes from the excellent book by Ed Catmull, Creativity Inc.

“There is nothing quite like ignorance combined with a driving need to succeed to force rapid learning.”
“Believe me, you don’t want to be at a company where there is more candor in the hallways than in the rooms where fundamental ideas or matters of policy are being hashed out.”

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film, tech

Academy Award for OpenColorIO

At this year’s Academy Scientific And Technical Achievement Awards show, OpenColorIO was among 19 other winners. If you haven’t heard of OpenColorIO, it’s a color management framework that makes managing color for cinema and video much more straightforward for engineers and artists alike. It’s been adopted by most of the major 2d and 3d applications for our business and has been a bit of a game-changer in terms of simplifying color workflows around the world.

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