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VRTO Special Talks, Year End Wrap Up in Toronto

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VRTO hosts the year-end wrap up meet in downtown Toronto to introduce new volunteers, meet the organizers, discuss current projects and present some special artists working at the front edge of VR artistry.

We want to hear about your current and future projects, startups and companies as we build our 2017 schedule for VRTO and FIVARS.

AGENDA:

7pm doors open.

Special Presentations:

7:45pm - using VR as an Artist

Professional artist and set designer Olga Nabatova (http://www.nabatova.ca/) has worked for the past ten years creating a successful children's theatre, which mounts 5 performances a year. She wears many hats, doing sets, props, installations, costume design, photos and video. In her own practice, she paints, does cartoons of cultural performances around town, but her real love is sculpture. 3D portraits in bronze and terracotta are in private collections in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Canada.

In 2016 she became a professional VR artist whose work has been commissioned by Google among others. She was featured at the Immersed Conference SPACE Channel and by the CBC.

Olga will do a live VIVE Painting before your eyes and explain some of her favorite techniques for building personal illustrative art pieces with the HTC Vive in VR.

Afterwards, get a chance to step into Ms. Nabatova's painting in Roomscale VR!

See the CBC segment (http://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/virtual-reality-art-1.3787355)

8:15 - Case Study - CINEHACKERS "Circuit Ride" - Moving to Unreal for VR

Cinehackers has completed production on two cinematic VR experiences, I Am You and The Key. Now they are embarking on their most ambitious project yet with Circuit Rider. Circuit Rider is a mix between a video game and a cinematic VR experience as they continue to explore how to tell a story in VR.

Working in Unreal Engine for the first time, they will talk about the benefits of the UE4 game engine and what we are learning along the way with in terms of making an interactive narrative mixed with a more traditional endless runner. They will also talk about the team they put together to meet the demands of the project and how it all came together.

8:55 - Year End Wrap Up - From VRTO Director Keram Malicki-Sanchez

An overview of the landscape from software to hardware, organizations, trends and useful resources

9:45 Event ends.

Doors closed by 10pm.

Light refreshments will be provided.

More TBA!

If you have a demo or tech you'd like to showcase or share, please bring it along!

Please note this Meetup is limited to 40 people total. You must register any additional guests by name. We look forward to meeting you again and discussing your projects as we build out the 2017 VRTO and FIVARS events!

Special thanks to our sponsors MSMU (https://msmu.me/home) and Pandor Productions (http://www.pandor.com/) for making this event possible.

Last but not least - FIVARS Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories open for Early Bird submissions on Withoutabox.com (https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=14683) today. Submit your Immersive Story Project now (https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=14683)!