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DevLab 2018: RYOT, Kaleidoscope & Oculus Reveal VR/AR Incubator Participants

EXCLUSIVE: RYOT, Kaleidoscope and Oculus have revealed the 11 teams selected for DevLab 2018, which brings together emerging VR/AR artists to cultivate new work, explore novel ideas and “create the future of immersive experiences.” Chosen from more than 200 application received, this year class includes Lucas Rizzotto and Aidan Wolf; Hal Kirkland and Julia Sourikoff; Bob Stein and Joshua Portway; Mercedes Arturo and Alethea Avramis; Tupac Martir and Sergio Ochoa; Rosie… Read

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Oculus Co-Founder Brendan Iribe Leaving Facebook, Which Is Discontinuing Movie Rentals On The Rift – Update

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UPDATED to add analysis and news of Facebook shutting down Oculus Rift movie store: Brendan Iribe, who co-founded Facebook’s VR unit Oculus in 2012, announced he is leaving the company. While Iribe’s Facebook post (read it below) on Monday doesn’t refer specifically to any of the recent turbulence hitting the parent company, his exit follows those of the founders of Facebook-owned Instagram, and WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum in recent months. While still a colossus… Read

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Jaunt VR Lays Off A “Significant” Number Of Employees As It Refocuses On Augmented Reality

Jaunt VR, an immersive media company whose investors include the Walt Disney Co. and the German publishing house Axel Springer, laid off a “significant portion” of its staff as it refocuses on augmented reality. In a Medium post titled “The Future of Jaunt is AR,” the company announced it would be “winding down” a number of it virtual reality projects in the coming weeks as it restructures. “We are restructuring the company, resulting in letting go of a significant… Read

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Oculus, RYOT And Kaleidoscope Announce DevLab 2018 Incubator For AR/VR Artists

Oath’s Oscar-nominated immersive media studio RYOT has partnered with the funding platform Kaleidoscope and Facebook’s Oculus to produce DevLab 2018, a two-day incubator for augmented reality and virtual reality projects. DevLab will take place Nov. 10 – 11 on the RYOT campus in Playa Vista, where a group of 10 VR/AR artists will get the chance to participate in hands-on workshops, live performances and roundtable discussions with advisors from different backgrounds… Read

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Location-based VR Startup Dreamscape Immersive Expands Executive Team

Dreamscape Immersive, the location-based VR startup backed by some of Hollywood's biggest players, has recruited executives with experience in marketing and retail as it prepares to bring its interactive experiences to audiences around the globe. Former Fandango executive Adam Rockmore joins Dreamscape Immersive as senior vice president and global head of marketing and communications and Sonos’ Ron McJunkin was named the new senior vice president of global retail stores… Read

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Darren Aronofsky’s Three-Part VR Series ‘Spheres’ To Premiere At Venice Film Festival; Millie Bobby Brown Narrates Final Installment

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Darren Aronofsky’s three-part virtual reality series Spheres will make its world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, which also will mark the debut of the final chapter of the series, narrated by actress Millie Bobby Brown. Brown, who received an Emmy nomination for her supporting role as Eleven on the Netflix series Stranger Things, lends her voice to the actual first installment in the trilogy, Spheres: Chorus of the Cosmos, which explores the sounds of the… Read

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“Lawnmower Man” Director Brett Leonard Shooting Scripted VR Series “Hollywood Rooftop”

The director whose 1992 cult film The Lawnmower Man helped bring virtual reality to the cinematic mainstream is working on a new project that he hopes will spark a new wave of VR storytelling. Brett Leonard’s latest endeavor, Hollywood Rooftop, is a scripted project that’s being shot simultaneously as a 10-episode virtual reality FragFilm and as a traditional 2D feature film. It combines aspects of movie-making — a character- and dialogue-driven narrative — with the… Read

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Paramount Partners With Gfycat For Immersive ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ 360Loop GIFs

Everyone loves a good GIF, but what about a GIF that gives a full, 360 degree immersive GIF? Gfycat has done just that by reinventing the standard 2D GIF with 360Loop. To launch their new venture, Gfycat has partnered with Paramount Pictures to launch an exclusive series of 360Loop GIFs for the forthcoming action pic Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Launching today, 360Loop is a media format that puts the viewer at the center of the content, with the action wrapping around… Read

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Alexander Rodnyansky Launches AR Content, Action On Saddam Hussein Interrogation Pic ‘Debriefing The President’

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EXCLUSIVE: Alexander Rodnyansky, the producer who in the past unveiled Leviathan and Loveless here, is back at the Cannes Film Festival to launch a new company. AR Content is designed to invest in strong scripts and source material, aimed to exploit the demand for global-minded commercial content. “Everybody wants great material, but nobody wants to investing in developing it, and so that is why I decided that will be my focus,” Rodnyansky told Deadline. “Developing great… Read

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Brie Larson Lends Voice To VR Series ‘Space Explorers: A New Dawn’ From Felix & Paul

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Before Brie Larson blasts off into space in Marvel’s forthcoming Captain Marvel, she’ll be taking another intergalactic adventure in the virtual reality series Space Explorers: A New Dawn. The Academy Award-winning actress will narrate the first two episodes of the VR series from Felix & Paul Studios. Produced in conjunction with Facebook's Oculus with participation from NASASpace Explorers made its world premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. "I am… Read

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Universal, Felix & Paul Launch ‘Jurassic World: Blue’ VR Experience

Are you ready to face a velociraptor eye to eye? Thanks to Universal Pictures and Felix & Paul Studios, you’ll get the chance to have a prehistoric adventure with a new virtual reality experience called Jurassic World: Blue. Universal has collaborated with Felix & Paul for a brand new VR experience that will coincide with the release of the new Oculus Go standalone VR headset. The new VR experience also debuts ahead of the release of  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on… Read

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‘The Caretaker’ Filmmakers Launch VR Company Hidden Content At Tribeca

EXCLUSIVE: Filmmakers Jacob Wasserman, Adam Donald, and Ant Gentile announced today the launch of Hidden Content, a full-service virtual reality company. The news was unveiled at the Tribeca Film Festival with the world premiere of their first project The CaretakerThe horror anthology series is a narrative 360 Cinema project created by Wasserman and Donald, as well as filmmaker Nicolas Pesce. The project stars Adelaide Clemens, Tom Lipinski, Clara Wong and Diana… Read