Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta VR

Albuquerque, NM hosts hosts the annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta every October, and recently Blueplanet VR’s Eric Hanson was able to shoot it with the assistance of the Jaunt One and Nokia Ozo VR cameras. Joining the excellent chase crew of Jonathan Wolfe and family, the Jaunt provided ground-based stereoscopy, and the Ozo was hung 12′ below the basket precariously, which resulted in some very unique pov’s. Jonathan is likely the only balloonist to tie-dye his canopies by hand.

USC VR Courses

Blueplanet VR’s Eric Hanson has been leading the forefront of cinematic VR adoption and instruction at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, teaching 2 classes on VR storytelling and technique. CTAN502L begins with an introduction to stereoscopy in IMAX, moves to survey the world of fulldome, and lastly produces an introductory work in VR. The successive CTAN504L is a studio masterclass, where linear cinematic VR work is brought into realtime interaction, exploring how narrative storytelling can find new opportunities at this powerful intersection.

The classes and syllabii can be found HERE.



Dayton Aviation Heritage VR Flight Viewer

dayt_banner02Park visitors at Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park intending to learn about the Wright Brothers often visit Huffman Prairie, an unassuming open space where the Wrights did much of their formative testing. The field, a large open expanse, challenges a visitors imagination as to how they flew there. In 2010, the park will unveil a unique and unprecedented historic interpretation tool for its visitors, the VR Flight Viewer, conceptualized and produced by xRez Studio. Continue reading “Dayton Aviation Heritage VR Flight Viewer”