New Visions

  • Mozilla HQ 2 Embarcadero Center San Francisco, CA, 94111 United States

Kaleidoscope's third event showcases the best experimental films made for virtual reality. Hear from the groundbreaking VR Filmmakers who are defining this new medium. 


Bright Shadows - Michael Catalano  
Inspired by the abstract visual music animators of the early to mid-1900's, Bright Shadows is an 11 minute computer generated animation of dynamic, colorful abstractions choreographed to instrumental music. It is comprised of seven distinct movements with unique emotional tones that are brought to life with high-quality lighting and shading techniques and rendered in stereoscopic 3D. 

CineChamber VR - Steve Mason & Naut Humon 
A VR simulation of the CineChamber, a physical surround cinema theater and AV platform designed for the Recombinant Media Labs. This new implementation showcases signature surround films by Ryoichi Kurokawa, Eggbert Mittelstadt, Biosphere, and many others. 

DMZ : The Forbidden Zone - Hayoun KWON  
Produced by InnserspaceVR, this 360 CG stereoscopic documentary is inspired by the testimony of a former South Korean soldier named Kim. It gives us access to the demilitarized zone between South and North Korea. This journey drives us through Kim’s memories of a scouting mission through "no man’s land," a place where people are forbidden, a place where nature has totally reclaimed its rights.


Michael Catalano - 3D Artist 
This talk presents the methodology behind the creation of Michael Catalano's graduate thesis animation, Bright Shadows. He will discuss his approach and challenges to translating the playful, expressionist qualities of early 2D visual music animators into a three-dimensional, theatrical presentation.

Naut Humon & Steve Mason - Sound & Visual Artists 
Drawing on decades of experience with real-world immersive experiences, Steve and Naut describe the unique history and purpose of the CineChamber, and the challenges and insights encountered during the process of re-imagining the experience in VR. 

Hayoun KWON - Filmmaker & CEO of InnerspaceVR 
Hayoun KWON is a repeat prize winning artist, documentary director, born in south Korea. Her work revolves mostly around the notions of memory and she examines the frontiers between reality and fiction. Hayoun is fascinated by the artistic potential of VR, a powerful medium which can challenge the reality itself. For the first time in her career she will face off the challenges and opportunities given by the VR medium to explore the DMZ from within.

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