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Vancouver VR Community Monthly Recap – September 2018 Edition

As summer ends, autumn comes just as quick! Be sure to say your good-byes or see ya laters to Aaron Hilton as he continues his journey in immersive technology with Steampunk Digital in Japan! Aaron has been a pillar for this community, supporting creators from all skillsets and levels, and is an invaluable resource. We’ll miss you Aaron and can’t wait to see what you’ll create across the pond!

Our next event is happening on October 16th at Microsoft Vancouver! Archiact will be showcasing EVASION, and Charm Games will be doing a short introduction to Twilight Path as well as demoing, so be sure to join us! Sponsored by VR Comfy, Microsoft, and Archiact. Event page and additional guests to be announced soon. (Want to demo or do a lightning talk? Get in touch!)

Speak of our guests, there’s a couple of notable releases coming up in October:

We are now taking submissions for release dates for Vancouver brewed VR projects/experiences on our community calendar, so let us know over at hello@vancouvervrcommunity.com to get featured!

And right back to it – We’re really excited to be community partners of Vancouver International Film Festivalthis year.

VIFF Immersed: Conference

Calling all immersive creators! Looking to connect and hear from some of the most important industry leaders and
content creators in North America? VIFF Immersed is for you! This is your chance to get your pass for VIFF
Immersed, the Vancouver International Film Festival’s VR/AR/MR conference and exhibition. Get an in-depth look
into immersive storytelling on topics such as:

  • The Market for Immersive with Joel Breton, VP of Global Content at HTC Vive
  • Samsung’s Pilot Season Initiatives with Anna Ticktin, Content and Operations at Samsung VR Video
  • Case Studies and Spotlights with iNK Stories, BAOBAB, Cream VR and Sibling Rivalry
  • Volumetric Filmmaking with James George, CEO of Scatter Depthkit
  • Immersive Post Production with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Camera Systems and Image Capture with Michael Mansouri, Co-Founder of Radiant Images
  • Live 360 Production with John Canning, Executive Interactive Producer, Digital Domain

The conference is also paired with a three-day public exhibition, offering fans firsthand engagement with 2018’s
best immersive experiences that are re-imagining storytelling. The exhibition features Samsung’s Pilot Season, a vibrant series of exclusive, original episodic immersive content from Samsung VR Video including:

  • Sibling Rivalry’s “&Design”
  • Breaking Fourth’s “Bro Bots”
  • Graham Sack & Sensorium’s “Interpretation of Dreams”
  • Occupied VR’s “Lightcatcher”
  • RSA VR’s “Sam’s Surreal Gems”

We’ll also be featuring:

  • Cream VR’s Hulu exclusive “A Curious Mind”
  • iNK Stories’ “Fire Escape”
  • National Film Board and Lisa Jackson’s “Biidabaan: First Light”
  • Google Spotlight Stories’ “Back to the Moon”

We’ll also be featuring BC’s finest at our BC Showcase and a few premieres of world class content that you’ll
have to see for yourself including the National Film Board’s “Homestay”!

Vancouver VR Community members get $20 off their pass with promo code VF18VVRC
Learn more or register at goviff.org/immersed

Twilight Path by Charm Games gets a release date

Twilight Path will be released on October 2nd! If you loved FORM, be sure to look out for Charm Games’ next puzzle game with an all-new world.

Bad Cookie Pictures’ Relaxing Rituals ASMR now available on YouTube

Local horror director Ariel Hansen’s VR short is now available on YouTube! Be sure to put on your headset on for this one… ‘Tis the season, if you know what we mean.

Evasion flaunts its official launch trailer

One of Vancouver’s most anticipated titles “Evasion” will be available on PSVR, Oculus Store, and Steam. For those with PS Plus memberships, you’ll get an additional 20% off in pre-orders until release. (And for those curious, VANVR’S very own Kial Natale acted, edited, and mographed this launch trailer.)’

Big 3D Asset Management and Optimization with Cubity

VRSQUARE, a 3D studio focused on 3D product visualization and AR/VR applications, is launching Cubity, an asset management and optimization software for big 3D data in November 2018.   Cubity streamlines the 3D production pipeline and ensures data accuracy by keeping the user in full control of the optimization process. The software helps companies in the engineering, manufacturing, aerospace and architectural industries save time and
money when visualizing their big & complex 3D design files.   
 
With Cubity you can import your 3D files in their original format without the need for file conversion, thereby avoiding any data loss. The software creates an “asset inventory” and generates a statistical analysis of the 3D file which helps identify bottlenecks and performance limiting factors. For instance, an engineering model of a robotic arm can have many duplicate parts (such as bolts) that make the design file heavy. The software can quickly identify duplicate assets, group them and give the user the option to delete them, greatly reducing the size of the file.
 
The software prepares 3D files for Unreal Engine, making real-time visualization possible across multiple platforms. Ultimately, companies can get insight into their 3D design files and deliver content to mobile, desktop and AR/VR devices in little time.  

Learn more:

Radical I/O debuted SyncPlay feature in BeThere360!

Radical I/O is focusing their BeThere360 product on the post-secondary education market, both for admissions as a recruitment tool, and also for instructors as a teaching tool. To that end, Radical I/O shared a working demo of their BeThere360 sync play concept, a facilitator-led group 360-video viewing experience, to the public for the first time at the VRAR Global Summit.

We’re looking to partner with more 360-video content producers so we can refer potential clients their way, but also so we can share examples of their work in our own BeThere360 app that will be released towards the end of October.

Please contact Briana at bethere360@radical.io if you are interested in exploring becoming content partners, or in booking a private demo of sync play.

Vancouver to get a new VR co-working space? We need YOUR feedback!

The VR/AR Association (Vancouver) and Launch Academy are exploring the idea of launching a new facility for immersive technology companies at Launch Academy’s current offices in the heart of Gastown (300-128 W. Hastings).

The 12,000 sqft facility will include everything you need to take your company to the next level including desk space, mentorship programs, VR/AR equipment rentals, investor relations, advisory services and community events/workshops.

Fill out this survey before September 28th to get a special discount!
https://goo.gl/forms/olxGWbjWG3JVTmnP2

VR AR Global Summit presented by VRARA Vancouver

Our team over at VANVR is thankful to have been granted media passes for the VR AR Global Summit. We met exhibitors and creators from all over the world, and even some new Canadian businesses hustling in the VR space. Be sure to check out the full gallery on our Facebook group!

Circuit Stream is hosting an Intro to AR workshop

Join their lead instructor to learn hands-on how to create augmented reality apps using Unity in our live online workshop. RSVP here: signup.circuitstream.com/free-intro-ar-class-wc

Mythical City Games’ Skytropolis Soundtrack available now

For those who missed it (we accidentally did), the soundtrack to Mythical City Games’ Skytropolis is now available on Spotify and iTunes. (And psssst, the composer is VANVR’s very own Adrian Talens.)

Blueprint Reality’s MixCast will be changing their social handles

We don’t know the entire lowdown of what’s to come, but in case you’re a user of MixCast and want to support your neighbourhood friendly mixed reality studio, be sure to point your fans and community onto the right platforms! Read all about the changes on the official MixCast blog.

Shape Immersive bridges one of the most ambitious crossover VR events in history

(Memes aren’t our strongest suit over here), but Steampunk Digital, Shape Immersive, Occipital, and Cryptokitties have come together to showcase one of the world’s biggest blockchain games IN AR – into the world of the first multiplayer mixed reality game. Read all about it on CEO Alex Chuang’s blog.

Industrial Illusions is looking for an Environmental Artist

Industrial Illusions is a vibrant and dynamic group of self-starters with adept work ethic, drive and serious creative abilities. We view obstacles as an exciting challenge, work towards bettering ourselves on and off the job and enjoy having fun. Our company is currently in start-up mode and we’re looking for the right individuals to be part of our core team in pushing boundaries on platforms that have never existed before. Check out the full job posting on Facebook.