VR/360 Night February

ABOUT VIRTUAL/360 NIGHT

Join us for an evening of vr/360 speakers, networking, and pizza/beer!

There’ll be some great industry discussions plus samplings of content experiences provided by some of NYC’s best vr/360 innovators.


SPEAKERS & AGENDA*

February Speakers TBA


From our previous VR/AR event at Samsung 837

The Future of VR with NY Film Loft and Samsung #nyfilmloft#samsung#vr#wheresmymedia #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

About 360 VR Video Meetup
We work on 360° Virtual Reality projects and showcase them to the group. Visit https://www.meetup.com/VRVideo/

About Littlstar
Littlstar is a global network dedicated exclusively to virtual reality, 360 video, and immersive experiences. We deliver a multi-platform solution for content owners and brands to distribute 360 and VR content, and we provide consumers a place to discover, watch, and share the best content on VR devices like Samsung Gear VR, our native mobile apps, and the web. Visit http://littlstar.com/

About New York Film Loft
New York Film Loft is an industry incubator and a community for film, television, and vr/ar innovators that wish to share experiences, work together on creative projects, and to discuss career challenges.

New York Film Loft brings together an amazing community of filmed media entrepreneurs, creatives, mentors, investors, and businesses, all who are interested in working on collaborative media projects with the intent of disrupting the world of film, television and digital media. Follow us @NYFilmLoft. Visit http://www.nyfilmloft.com/

Awards: DGA Nominations, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Gets Historic Costume Designers Guild Nomination

Dan Trachtenberg directing 10 Cloverfield Lane

The Directors Guild of America has unveiled the nominations for the 67th annual DGA Awards. Hit the jump to see the nominees and learn about Kubo and the Two Strings‘ historical nomination from the Costume Designers Guild.

The DGA has named Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Garth Davis (Lion), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) and Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) for its top feature film award. They also nominated Garth Davis or its first-time director award along with

The Director’s Guild Of America also nominated Garth Davis or its first-time director award along with Tim Miller for Deadpool, Kelly Fremon Craig for Edge of Seventeen, Nate Parker for Birth of a Nation and Dan Trachtenberg for 10 Cloverfield Lane.

The big snubs from the DGA nominations include Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge and Martin Scorsese for Silence.

Not part of the DGAs but it’s also worth noting that costume designer Deborah Cook received a nomination for Kubo and the Two Strings in the category of Excellence in Fantasy Film by the Costume Designers Guild (CDG). It is the first time in the guild’s 19 year history of awards that an animated film has been nominated by the CDG. If you’ve ever had the oppurtunity to see some of this handcrafted work in person, then you know this has been a long time coming and a big achievement for Laika.

The full list of DGA Award nominations follow below. The DGA Awards are February 4 at the Beverly Hilton.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM FOR 2016

DAMIEN CHAZELLE
La La Land (Lionsgate)

Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Michael Beugg
First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn
Second Assistant Director: Paula Case
Assistant Unit Production Manager: Bart Lipton
Second Second Assistant Director: Brett Robinson
Additional Second Assistant Director: Dodi Rubenstein

GARTH DAVIS
Lion (The Weinstein Company)

Directorial Team:
First Assistant Director: Chris Webb
First Assistant Director: Ananya Rane (India Unit)
Second Assistant Directors: Mark Ingram (Australia Unit), Sunny Tiku (India Unit), KP Singh (India Unit), Shaunak Kapur (India Unit)

BARRY JENKINS
Moonlight (A24)

Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Jennifer Radzikowski

KENNETH LONERGAN
Manchester by the Sea (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Declan Baldwin
First Assistant Director: Michael J. Moore
Second Assistant Director: David Blazina
Second Second Assistant Directors: Tim LaDue, Scooter Perrotta

DENIS VILLENEUVE
Arrival (Paramount Pictures)

Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Stan Wlodkowski
First Assistant Director: Donald L. Sparks
Second Assistant Director: Brigitte Goulet
Second Second Assistant Director: Karine P. Labelle

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT OF A FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR FOR 2016

GARTH DAVIS
Lion (The Weinstein Company)

Directorial Team:
First Assistant Director: Chris Webb
First Assistant Director: Ananya Rane (India Unit)
Second Assistant Directors: Mark Ingram (Australia Unit), Sunny Tiku (India Unit), KP Singh (India Unit), Shaunak Kapur (India Unit)

KELLY FREMON CRAIG
The Edge of Seventeen (STX Entertainment)

Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Brendan Ferguson
Production Manager: Dan Clarke
First Assistant Director: James Bitonti
Second Assistant Director: Daniel Mansfield

TIM MILLER
Deadpool
(Twentieth Century Fox)

Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: John J. Kelly
First Assistant Director: James Bitonti
Second Assistant Director: Daniel Mansfield

NATE PARKER
The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Mark Moran
First Assistant Director: Tomas Deckaj
Second Assistant Director: Mark C. Stevens
Second Second Assistant Director: Scott Bowers

DAN TRACHTENBERG
10 Cloverfield Lane (Paramount Pictures)

Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Robert J. Dohrmann
First Assistant Director: Jason Blumenfeld
Second Assistant Director: Paul B. Uddo
Second Second Assistant Director: Jonathan M. Warren
Location Manager: Batou A. Chandler

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Watch Felicity Jones’ Pun-tastic ‘SNL’ Promo and Find Out How Jyn Erso Got Her Name

Felicity Jones Saturday Night Live - Jyn Erso Name Origins

Now that it’s a new year, we’re coming into the second half of the 42nd season of Saturday Night Live, and the late night sketch show is getting back to work after the holiday break this weekend.

In case you didn’t hear, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story leading lady Felicity Jones is heading to Studio 8H for her first time as SNL host. Since the show is just two days a way, NBC is starting to air promos for the new episode, and the first one has just arrived online. Normally this wouldn’t be worth featuring, but these SNL promos aren’t usually presented so cinematically, completed with the appropriate title bumpers at the beginning and end.

Plus, for inquiring minds, Lucasfilm’s chief creative officer has revealed just how Felicity Jones’ character Jyn Erso got her name. You can find out about the Jyn Erso name origins and watch the SNL promo after the jump.

Leave to Imperial Stormtroopers to just sit there and just let Felicity Jones deliver her monologue as opposed to trying to take her out after being key in the Rebels stealing the plans to the Death Star. Of course, even if they tried to take a shot at her, we all know how accurate Stormtroopers are with their blasters.

We’re bound to get a sketch poking fun at Rogue One during SNL (at least I hope so), but in the meantime, we’ve got a cool little tidbit of info about Rogue One‘s lead character.

Lucasfilm’s chief creative officer John Knoll has revealed to Yahoo how Jyn Erso got her name. Some have theorized that it might be a reference to Jan Ors, a character who appeared in the LucasArts video game Star Wars: Dark Forces, or that it’s a play on the classic literary character Jane Eyre. But now Knoll reveals that her name has much more simple origins:

“My youngest daughter is Jane, and my wife is Jen, so [Jyn] is sort of mashup of them. And growing up my aunt was Aunt Ginny, [short] for Virginia, so there’s a little bit of that, too. It’s a mix up of a lot of my favorite women in my life.”

Unfortunately, there’s no indication as to where the last name of Erso came from, but maybe that will be revealed at another time.

Otherwise, be sure to watch Felicity Jones host Saturday Night Live on January 14th, and then check back for the return of our recap of the best and worst sketches.

The post Watch Felicity Jones’ Pun-tastic ‘SNL’ Promo and Find Out How Jyn Erso Got Her Name appeared first on /Film.


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Awards: DGA Nominations, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Gets Historic Costume Designers Guild Nomination

Dan Trachtenberg directing 10 Cloverfield Lane

The Directors Guild of America has unveiled the nominations for the 67th annual DGA Awards. Hit the jump to see the nominees and learn about Kubo and the Two Strings‘ historical nomination from the Costume Designers Guild.

The DGA has named Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Garth Davis (Lion), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) and Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) for its top feature film award. They also nominated Garth Davis or its first-time director award along with

The Director’s Guild Of America also nominated Garth Davis or its first-time director award along with Tim Miller for Deadpool, Kelly Fremon Craig for Edge of Seventeen, Nate Parker for Birth of a Nation and Dan Trachtenberg for 10 Cloverfield Lane.

The big snubs from the DGA nominations include Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge and Martin Scorsese for Silence.

Not part of the DGAs but it’s also worth noting that costume designer Deborah Cook received a nomination for Kubo and the Two Strings in the category of Excellence in Fantasy Film by the Costume Designers Guild (CDG). It is the first time in the guild’s 19 year history of awards that an animated film has been nominated by the CDG. If you’ve ever had the oppurtunity to see some of this handcrafted work in person, then you know this has been a long time coming and a big achievement for Laika.

The full list of DGA Award nominations follow below. The DGA Awards are February 4 at the Beverly Hilton.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM FOR 2016

DAMIEN CHAZELLE
La La Land (Lionsgate)

Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Michael Beugg
First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn
Second Assistant Director: Paula Case
Assistant Unit Production Manager: Bart Lipton
Second Second Assistant Director: Brett Robinson
Additional Second Assistant Director: Dodi Rubenstein

GARTH DAVIS
Lion (The Weinstein Company)

Directorial Team:
First Assistant Director: Chris Webb
First Assistant Director: Ananya Rane (India Unit)
Second Assistant Directors: Mark Ingram (Australia Unit), Sunny Tiku (India Unit), KP Singh (India Unit), Shaunak Kapur (India Unit)

BARRY JENKINS
Moonlight (A24)

Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Jennifer Radzikowski

KENNETH LONERGAN
Manchester by the Sea (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Declan Baldwin
First Assistant Director: Michael J. Moore
Second Assistant Director: David Blazina
Second Second Assistant Directors: Tim LaDue, Scooter Perrotta

DENIS VILLENEUVE
Arrival (Paramount Pictures)

Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Stan Wlodkowski
First Assistant Director: Donald L. Sparks
Second Assistant Director: Brigitte Goulet
Second Second Assistant Director: Karine P. Labelle

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT OF A FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR FOR 2016

GARTH DAVIS
Lion (The Weinstein Company)

Directorial Team:
First Assistant Director: Chris Webb
First Assistant Director: Ananya Rane (India Unit)
Second Assistant Directors: Mark Ingram (Australia Unit), Sunny Tiku (India Unit), KP Singh (India Unit), Shaunak Kapur (India Unit)

KELLY FREMON CRAIG
The Edge of Seventeen (STX Entertainment)

Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Brendan Ferguson
Production Manager: Dan Clarke
First Assistant Director: James Bitonti
Second Assistant Director: Daniel Mansfield

TIM MILLER
Deadpool
(Twentieth Century Fox)

Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: John J. Kelly
First Assistant Director: James Bitonti
Second Assistant Director: Daniel Mansfield

NATE PARKER
The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Mark Moran
First Assistant Director: Tomas Deckaj
Second Assistant Director: Mark C. Stevens
Second Second Assistant Director: Scott Bowers

DAN TRACHTENBERG
10 Cloverfield Lane (Paramount Pictures)

Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Robert J. Dohrmann
First Assistant Director: Jason Blumenfeld
Second Assistant Director: Paul B. Uddo
Second Second Assistant Director: Jonathan M. Warren
Location Manager: Batou A. Chandler

The post Awards: DGA Nominations, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Gets Historic Costume Designers Guild Nomination appeared first on /Film.


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Watch Felicity Jones’ Pun-tastic ‘SNL’ Promo and Find Out How Jyn Erso Got Her Name

Felicity Jones Saturday Night Live - Jyn Erso Name Origins

Now that it’s a new year, we’re coming into the second half of the 42nd season of Saturday Night Live, and the late night sketch show is getting back to work after the holiday break this weekend.

In case you didn’t hear, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story leading lady Felicity Jones is heading to Studio 8H for her first time as SNL host. Since the show is just two days a way, NBC is starting to air promos for the new episode, and the first one has just arrived online. Normally this wouldn’t be worth featuring, but these SNL promos aren’t usually presented so cinematically, completed with the appropriate title bumpers at the beginning and end.

Plus, for inquiring minds, Lucasfilm’s chief creative officer has revealed just how Felicity Jones’ character Jyn Erso got her name. You can find out about the Jyn Erso name origins and watch the SNL promo after the jump.

Leave to Imperial Stormtroopers to just sit there and just let Felicity Jones deliver her monologue as opposed to trying to take her out after being key in the Rebels stealing the plans to the Death Star. Of course, even if they tried to take a shot at her, we all know how accurate Stormtroopers are with their blasters.

We’re bound to get a sketch poking fun at Rogue One during SNL (at least I hope so), but in the meantime, we’ve got a cool little tidbit of info about Rogue One‘s lead character.

Lucasfilm’s chief creative officer John Knoll has revealed to Yahoo how Jyn Erso got her name. Some have theorized that it might be a reference to Jan Ors, a character who appeared in the LucasArts video game Star Wars: Dark Forces, or that it’s a play on the classic literary character Jane Eyre. But now Knoll reveals that her name has much more simple origins:

“My youngest daughter is Jane, and my wife is Jen, so [Jyn] is sort of mashup of them. And growing up my aunt was Aunt Ginny, [short] for Virginia, so there’s a little bit of that, too. It’s a mix up of a lot of my favorite women in my life.”

Unfortunately, there’s no indication as to where the last name of Erso came from, but maybe that will be revealed at another time.

Otherwise, be sure to watch Felicity Jones host Saturday Night Live on January 14th, and then check back for the return of our recap of the best and worst sketches.

The post Watch Felicity Jones’ Pun-tastic ‘SNL’ Promo and Find Out How Jyn Erso Got Her Name appeared first on /Film.


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Daredevil, Gotham, and Orange is the New Black…yea..We’re geeked!

Tons of great people took part (Matt Penn, EP Queen of the South/Law and Order) and Bess Fifer (Casting Associate – Daredevil/Stranger Things). My (of course) fave part was moderating an actor conversation amongst Tanya Wright (OITNB), Chris Frazier (Gotham) and Geoffrey Cantor (Daredevil).

They shared a lot of actor insight (I think they discuss their shows some but I wanted the audience to take advantage of varied experiences of these actors so I led them down that path).

A few nuggets:

  • You need to NEED to be an actor (not want). It has to be something that you need to do in order to fill or complete something in you. It has to be an inner drive. (I never thought of it that way but I think that’s absolutely true given how difficult it is to sustain a career.)
  • Sometimes, you don’t choose acting….sometimes it chooses you. (very true..)
  • WORK. Even if that means you and a friend just shoot something of your own. WORK. Don’t wait for someone to hand you a perfect part, make one for yourself. Pick up a camera and make material and get it out into the world. (this seems to be a thought that permeated the evening through the other panels as well!)

HTC Announces First Ever Vive Summit

HTC is bringing us their first major Vive livestream headlined by some of the most popular esports personalities, organized in partnership with VRScout and Team SoloMid. The event, taking place on Sunday, January 15th here at VRScout’s studios in Los Angeles, will be streamed live to twitch.tv/htc.

Throughout the show, players will walk through some of the most exciting new Vive content and engage in unique challenges and competitions. Beyond providing viewers with a comprehensive look at the future of gaming, the summit aims to present the Vive and its experiences as a new medium for inventive entertainment.

vive-tracker-ces3Topping off today’s announcement are Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg and Jason “WildTurtle” Tran from Team SoloMid, one of the most prominent esports organizations in the West. Bjergsen and WildTurtle are professional League of Legends players and stout veterans in the North American League Championship Series. Both will look to bring their years of professional gaming experience to the world of virtual reality as never before seen.

There will be 13 professional gamers participating in the event in total. The remaining invitees will be announced in the days leading up to the summit. In addition to Team SoloMid in attendance, two other sponsored teams, Cloud9 and Team Liquid, will also be represented at this event. Professional gamers spanning four different popular esports titles will give esports and gaming fans a first-of-its-kind experience come show time. Viewers should also expect plenty of on-stream giveaways as HTC raffles away two Vives and multiple Vive game bundles.

Don’t miss this unique stream coming to you live on Sunday, January 15th at 1pm Pacific time on twitch.tv/htc.

For more information, visit summit.vive.com.

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