Mettle Showcasing 360|VR Filmmakers at Adobe Max
Mettle is bringing its Adobe 360/VR production tools to Adobe Max, along with a line-up of VR filmmakers. Visitors will have a chance to do some hands-on 360 video creation at Mettle booth #903, and meet some leading VR artists. Chris Bobotis, developer and co-founder of Mettle, will do daily presentations on cinematic 360/VR production, along with Nancy Eperjesy (mettle) and Charles Yeager (YeagerFilm).
At the show, Mettle will preview the beta version of SkyBox Studio Version 2 for Adobe After Effects CC, SkyBox 360/VR Tools for Adobe Premiere Pro CC, as well as the company’s free player, SkyBox VR Player for Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC.
Adobe Max Speaker Schedule.
Mettle Booth #903
Wednesday November 2nd:
Cinematic 360/VR Content Creation in Adobe After Effects | Sneak Peek SkyBox Studio V2
Chris Bobotis, Founding Partner at Mettle, will demo the upcoming features for SkyBox Studio Version 2, which offer more tools for 360 content creators.
Wednesday, Nov 2. 11:30AM
Chris leads a session: Adobe Max Session: S3962 – Creating Pro VR Content for Entertainment: Tools and Technology Thursday, Nov. 3, 12:45-2:00PM.
Chris is a Master speaker, in the top 20 speakers for Adobe Max
The American Museum Of Natural History 360/VR Experience | Jason Drakeford
Jason Drakeford (Drakeford Studios) gives an overview of his 360/VR production workflow for The American Museum of Natural History.
Jason Drakeford weaves together stories through live-action, animation, motion-graphics and VR (virtual reality). A few highlights include the “Out There” space series with The New York Times and the “Shelf Life” science series for The American Museum of Natural History. Most recently his film Ken Jacobs: A Pioneer of Avant-Garde Film premiered at the Independent New York Film Festival and screening at The Raindance Film Festival in London. Clients and collaborators include The New York Times, The Museum of Natural History, TIFF, David Bowie, The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, Penguin Books, Adult Swim, Showtime, MTV, and Time Magazine.His previous VR/360 films include the documentary Interrupture and Science Friday The Golden Record Decoded.
Wednesday, Nov 2. 12:30PM
Thursday, Nov 3. 4:30PM
From PhotoShop to 360º Video in VR Production | Aton Sanz-Katz | DreamWorksTV
Aton will be showcasing DreamWorksTV’s first ever 360 video, which he directed, “Mama Said” by Lukas Graham – Cover by Mackenzie Sol 360°/VR. He will discuss the workflow from shooting 360, and going through post-production in AfterEffects – Premiere Pro and PhotoShop. He will show how to create an underwater environment in PhotoShop and bring it to life in 360 format.
DreamWorksTV has only been around for two years, but it can already boast about reaching two incredible milestones. The family-friendly YouTube channel, founded by DreamWorks Animation in 2014, now has over two million subscribers and over one billion video views.
Wednesday, Nov 2. 2:30PM
The Sky is not falling: Sky Replacement in 360/VR | Jamie Pence | Videobred
Jamie Pence, Owner at Videobred and Finalist for Samsung VR Creator Awards, will show his solution for correcting a common problem with 360 footage. He will show an easy way to replace your sky and get a dramatically improved more cinematic look. He’ll also share his experiences and strategies in VR filmmaking.
The Videobred team of award-wining professionals bring creative spark, extensive production experience and a national reputation for innovation to every project. Winner of Samsung’s Creator Awards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojzruVyaetQ
Wednesday, Nov 2. 3:30PM
Friday, Nov 4. 1:00PM
How to Bring Hollywood FX into 360/VR Production | Tim Montijo
Tim Montijo, Co-Founder Unified Pictures, discusses the techniques used to bring cinematic FX into 360 production with Adobe software and Mettle 360/VR plugins.
Tim Montijo brings Unified Pictures its most diversified artist and certainly one of the most productive, with experience as animator, producer, visual effects supervisor, director, composer and executive for various film and television projects. His range is so broad that he was invited to teach Visual Effect and Animation for UCLA’s Entertainment Studies Program. After co founding the successful digital effects firm Electro Age in 2001, Tim Co-founded Unified Pictures in 2004.
Wednesday, Nov 2. 4:30PM
Magma Chamber 360 VR | Delivering a compelling 360/VR Music Video Experience | Jonathan Winbush + Tony Washingtom
360VR has forever changed the way musicians or any artist can communicate with their audience. With this new medium come challenges, motion graphics artist Jonathan Winbush (Winbush Design & Animation Studio) and illustrator Tony Washington explain how they worked with Mix Master Mike to combine his audio and album cover visuals and how they over came unforeseen challenges while trying to use the tools they already knew.
Since 2006, Jonathan Winbush has been working in motion graphics for studios including Marvel, DC Comics, Warner Bros, Hasbro, Happy Madison, Discovery Channel, History Channel. He was rated as one of the top 25 artists in Hollywood by Inferno development and went on to win many awards (Promax BDA, Bafta, Tellys and Pixie awards ). His work has been reconized in Advanced Photoshop Magazine, HDRI 3D Magazine, Computer Arts Magazine and several Art Insitute brochures. In 2012 Jonathan moved to south Orange County to start his own boutique in motion graphics but also began to experiment with virtual reality after being invited by Oculus to check out their hardware in its early stages.
New York Times best selling artist, Tony Washington has been creating award winning art for Comics, Movies, Video Games and various branding opportunities professionally for over 20 years. He has also provided art for Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys, Boxer Victor Ortiz and Lady Gaga for her Monsters Ball Tour. Recently Tony has created 2D concept, environment and texture art in his first VR related project Magma Chamber VR for Copeland Entertainment. Tony has been a guest speaker at multiple schools in the San Diego Area and when he isn’t drawing, he also produces music under the name Stations Stories.
Wednesday, Nov 2. 6:00PM
Interviewing in 360/VR: Designing the Viewer’s Experience | Tom Connors + Miriam Nielsen | The Verge
Tom Connors and Miriam Nielsen of The Verge share their experiences producing the first White House interview to be captured in 360 degrees and discuss the design decisions that enabled them to transform a static interview setup into a dynamic 10-minute piece. Watch Michelle Obama 360 interview by The Verge. Produced in conjunction with Marcus Mullin and Joshua Magee of Lunar North (see “Shaping the 360/VR Experience Through 360 Motion Graphics”, below)
Wednesday, Nov 2. 7:00PM
Miriam Nielsen is on the Adobe Max panel for Event S3992 – “360/VR Video: The Path to Immersive Storytelling” Thursday Nov. 3, 4:15PM – 5:30PM
Shaping the 360/VR Experience Through 360° Motion Graphics | Marcus Mullins and Joshua Magee | Lunar North
Joshua Magee and Marcus Mullins of Lunar North share their experience producing the motion graphics portion of the Michelle Obama 360 interview. The motion graphics were used to engage and inform the viewer, in conjunction with the 360 footage shot from a static camera POV. Produced in conjunction with Tom Connor and Miriam Neilsen of The Verge. See “Interviewing in 360|VR: Designing the Viewer’s Experience:” (above.)
Lunar North is a design, animation, and post production studio proudly based in Detroit, MI. They are well-known for their collaboration with The Verge on the Michelle Obama 360, creating the animated 360/VR motion graphics.
Wednesday, Nov 2. 7:00PM
Thursday, Nov. 3. 3:30 PM
Friday, Nov. 4. 3:00 PM
Thursday November 3rd:
Cinematic VR Storytelling: Techniques to deliver on the Promise of Presence when creating 360 video | Matthew Celia + Robert Watts | Light Sail VR
Presence is the buzz word associated with VR and why it’s such a powerful new medium. Join Matthew Celia, partner and creative director at Light Sail VR, as he deconstructs the filmmaking techniques he uses to tell compelling stories that transport you into entirely different worlds.
Light Sail VR is a bleeding edge immersive cinema production company that offers a complete end-to end solution for creating compelling live action 360 content. Founded by managing partners Matthew Celia and Robert Watts in 2015, Light Sail VR specializes in telling stories with great characters and compelling narratives. Their Paranormal Activity 360 Short, which was produced for Paramount Pictures, has been viewed over six million times. Recent work includes A-list talent such as Dr. Phil, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, baseball legend Reggie Jackson, and high profile clients such as GoPro and SAP.
Thursday, Nov 3. 11:30AM
VRtually There: Designing for USA Today weekly 360° Series | Andy Cochrane | The AV Club
Andy Cochrane will detail how Mettle Skybox tools were used to create environments, transitions, and motion graphics for USA Today’s recently-launched weekly VR series “VRtually There”. Each episode of this new show utilizes Mettle tools in both After Effects and Premiere Pro.
Thursday, Nov 3. 12:30PM
Andy Cochrane is on the Adobe Max panel for Event S3992 – “360/VR Video: The Path to Immersive Storytelling” Thursday Nov. 3, 4:15PM – 5:30PM
VR on the Fly l Indonesian Travel Series for Discovery VR
Tripp and Jenna Watt of ENTROPY spent the summer of 2016 directing and shooting a VR travel series on the small Indonesian island of Lombok for Discovery. Come hear the secrets to “shooting on the fly” with VR gear and learn from their infinite number of mistakes that left them almost stranded, drowned and lost at sea. They’ll cover what cameras work for which scenarios (OZO vs Gopros vs Samsung, etc) moving the camera, underwater shots and how to bring it all together into something worth watching.
Filmmaking duo Tripp and Jenna Watt are the co-founders and creative directors of ENTROPY- a VR studio focusing on bold, original content. In 2015, they created their first short in VR. The film later screened at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and established the duo as pioneers in VR storytelling. ENTROPY’s most recent 10 part VR travel series was picked up by Discovery China and they are currently in development on an interactive VR thriller series. www.entropycreative.com
Thursday, Nov 3. 1:30PM
Keys to Creating Great 360/VR Video: Gold Creek VR
James Markham Hall, co-founder Gold Creek VR, presents his award-winning series, “American Ghost Towns” and shares his tips and tricks for cinematic 360 documentary filmmaking. He discusses how to set up great 360 shots, and handle technical aspects such as: tripod and shadow removal; compositing, basic color correction and addition of cinematic camera movement.
Gold Creek VR is the GOLD STANDARD in Virtual Reality and producers of “AMERICAN GHOST TOWNS” – BEST LIVE ACTION VR EDUCATIONAL FILM – VIRTUAL REALITY FESTIVAL 2016.
James Markham Hall, Jr. is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking and serves as a Director of Photography in the entertainment industry. James earned an Emmy nomination for his work on the A&E series “Intervention” and has been responsible for the Cinematography of programming on all the major networks, recently working in both Alaska and the Yukon for Animal Planet and National Geographic and in Los Angeles on “Dancing with the Stars.” James formed Gold Creek VR with producing partner Ted Faye whom he most recently collaborated with on Showtime’s top rated sports documentary IVERSON, about the life of NBA ALL-STAR ALLEN IVERSON. Their first VR collaboration is the award winning series “American Ghost Towns,” which is one of the first Historical Series for VR and has a featured channel in the SAMSUNG VR app.
Thursday, Nov 3. 2:30PM
Friday November 4th:
How to Make a 360 Video with 2D Footage in After Effects
Charles Yeager yeagerfilm.com shows how to create a 360 video in After Effects with SkyBox Studio. He uses 2D keyed footage of himself and composites it within different 360 scenes created entirely in After Effects. He composites his “2D” self within an Element 3D cityscape, and into different virtual 360 rooms built from flat images. He also replicates a weapon scene from the Matrix in 360.
Charles Yeager is a Filmmaker & Motion Graphics Artist currently residing in Arkansas. His projects have been recognized by Canon, Video Copilot, Vimeo, Filmmaker IQ, No Film School, Film Convert, BOOM Library & Filminute. He is an After Effects and Premiere Pro tutorial master, with many 360/VR tutorials showcasing Mettle 360/VR Plugins..
Charles will be available all 3 days at the Mettle booth to offer demos in Premiere Pro and After Effects. Watch: How to Make a 360 Video Using 2D Footage | After Effects.
Friday, Nov 4. 10:00AM
The Natural World as an Immersive Experience in 360/VR | DRYFT
Erik Rochner (DRYFT) will present 360°: Tour a Glowworm Cave in New Zealand a recent 360/VR Timelapse experience for National Geographic with over 5 million views on Facebook. He will discuss the challenges of shooting 360/VR timelapse in remote locations, and how to capture and convey beautiful and immersive imagery.
DRYFT is a full service virtual reality agency specializing in outdoor branding, natural world exploration, and immersive education. Customers include PBS, National Geographic, Travel channel and Smithsonian Channel.