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  • The Avatar of Tomorrow: New Face-Tracking VR Makes You Into a Pixar Character

    Posted by on August 19, 2016

    By Jelor Gallego

    VR is really adept at transporting users to another world, allowing them to see and interact with virtually any kind of environment. As amazing as this is, it’s still not transporting all of you to that environment. The VR we have seen so far isn’t translating all your movements into that reality.

    Thankfully, that is about to change. Veeso, a VR startup, is looking at creating headsets which translate all facial movements and feelings into a virtual avatar. The headset is rendering more than just your movements. Essentially it’s translating the very essence of humanity for a virtual world.



    While tracking of body parts is commonplace, platforms that track eye movements and facial expressions are rarer. Veeso has infrared sensors to track your eyes, mouth, and jawlines. The data is then transmitted via Bluetooth to a mobile device, which will then be rendered onto your virtual avatar.

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  • Animation Possibilities are endless with Virtual Reality

    Posted by on August 19, 2016

    By Lexy Savvides



    Two adorable aliens are standing in front of me, waiting to zap me into oblivion.

    The logical part of my brain knows they're not actually there. But thanks to the power of virtual reality, I feel like they actually exist.

    This is the world of "Invasion," an animated VR short film by Baobab Studios. Founded by Maureen Fan, former Zynga vice president of games, and Eric Darnell, director of films like "Antz" and "Madagascar," the pair are passionate about VR as a storytelling medium.

    "The first thing we do is look at how to tell that story in a way that can be staged for a viewer who's actually inside the story as well," Darnell told me as we sat in Baobab's offices in Redwood City, California, to discuss the making of the film.

    As I put the headset on for the first time, Fan told me to look at my feet. I saw the bunny's body instead of my own -- I was part of the story too.

    When the film's bunny protagonist appeared, she spotted me from a distance and hopped over to stare me in the eyes. "On the more advanced headsets that track your position through space, she will actually track you as you move around," said Darnell. "This is much more powerful than I ever anticipated."

    Making a VR animation

    Live action VR is filmed using a 360-degree camera array. This can be made up of multiple cameras in the case of the GoPro Omni, or a single camera with multiple lenses in the case of the Nokia Ozo. Footage then needs to be stitched together in post-processing to create the final 360 video.

    In animated VR, the Baobab team uses an imaginary camera that "films" everything at the same time, so no stitching is required. The entire world can be generated in every single frame, but the viewer only needs to sees what's in their point of view so that's loaded in the headset.

    "There's no reason why a viewer couldn't look up and watch the clouds roll by for the entirety of this piece," said Darnell, "so we need to do things to help the viewer know where they should be looking."

    Spatialized audio helps direct the viewer's attention, but visual cues are also important too. For example, after spotting the viewer and making eye contact, Chloe -- the fuzzy main character -- looks off screen which prompts the viewer to turn and look at what she's seeing.

    Darnell and Fan discuss more of the making of the film in the video above.

    You can watch "Invasion" on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Samsung Gear VR, with more platforms coming soon. Baobab plans to release additional episodes in the series. 

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  • Heres Why Time Warner Bought 10% of Hulu

    Posted by on August 19, 2016


    By Motley Fool 

    Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) just spent $583 million for a 10% stake in Hulu in large part because the streaming service intends to launch a live-TV cable alternative.

    Original partners Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), Disney (NYSE: DIS), and FOX(NASDAQ: FOX)won't be contributing to the original Hulu subscription product. That service offers network content a day after it airs -- a model Time Warner has been critical of. Instead, the company will offer many of its channels including TBS, TNT, and CNN as part of a new live-streaming Hulu service.

    Hulu has not shared much information on the product, other than saying it launches next year. On this episode of Industry Focus: Consumer GoodsOpens a New Window.,host Vincent Shen is joined by Fool contributor Daniel Kline to dig into why Time Warner has paid up to be part of a service it has criticized in the past. They also discuss the future of the cable industry and where it's going to go in the next few years.

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  • Lupe Ontivero’s last film 'Cry Now' Hits Amazon Video Direct

    Posted by on August 19, 2016


    'Cry Now' a lyrical love story emerging form LA rockabilly and street art scenes, is being made available on Amazon Prime and VOD through Video Direct. Title marks the feature debut of Alberto Barboza a consulting producer and dialogue coach on five-time Daytime Emmy nominated Hulu series 'East Lost High.'

    The film, produced by Cinético Productions in coproduction with Troy Entertainment, was part of NALIP signature program Latino Media Market on 2010. Nalipsters Miguel Angel Caballero, Luis Aldana and Jana Diaz Juhl are producers of the film along with Andrew Troy, Jen Wu and Archie Hernandez.

    "It was exciting to develop a script that captured Los Angeles multiple personalities unknown and unseen to many. The characters of 'Cry Now' are both real and stylized and they move through this urban landscape with youthful urgency and grace. To see this film finally being available to a wide audience is an ode to hard work and perseverance.” Producer Jana Diaz Juhl commented.

    'Cry Now' stars Miguel Angel Caballero as Vincent, a street poster artist who meets Luzy (Illiana Carter,  'Walkout,’ 'Primo'), a muse-like tattoo designer only to get chased by the energies of a highly motivated ex-girlfriend (Mina Olivera, 'Shrink').

    'Cry Now' also features supporting performances by Alex Meraz ('Twilight', 'Suicide Squad') Sal Lopez, ('American Me.''Luminarias') and the last performance by the late Lupe Ontiveros ('Real Women Have Curves,' 'Desperate Housewives').


    Sales agent: Princ Films.  


    "Fresh, exuberant! Inhabiting a distinct heightened magical street reality" - Christine Davila -- Indiwire.

    "Deeply romantic, Chicano Rockabilly ode to artistic practice” - Roya Rastegar-- American Quarterly.

    “A multifaceted and stylish portrait of the eclectic Latino/a urban realities rarely seen on the big screen” - Alegria Magazine


  • NALIPster Project 'Dark Prophet' Gets Picked up By Amazon Prime

    Posted by on August 19, 2016


    DARK PROPHET, the Emmy nominated digital series written, created, directed and executive produced by Evette Vargas is now available on Amazon Prime. The series stars, Henry Rollins, Chase Fein and Rick Gonzalez. The Virtual Reality series is set to premier on the Sony PlayStation VR. Vargas has recently sold her one-hour series, MUSES, to Turner Broadcasting’s Super Deluxe network.

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  • Learn How to Finance Your Films with No Budget Film School

    Posted by · August 17, 2016


    NO BUDGET FILM SCHOOL presents its famed two-day micro-budget filmmaking seminar in Los Angeles August 20-21, 2016. Designed for writers, directors, producers and actors who are planning to make their own self-financed films, this class will maximize limited resources and minimize critical errors that can doom otherwise worthy projects.  Producer Mark Stolaroff--former principal of IFC's Next Wave Films--teaches the specific methods, models and priorities unique to micro-budget filmmaking, whether the budget is $200,000 or $200, in this in-depth, one-of-a-kind class. All attendees receive Movie Magic Screenwriter software for FREE! ($250 value).  Visit:


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  • PitchLatino is Accepting Submissions

    Posted by · August 12, 2016

    Submission Deadline: August 19
    Full fee waiver for NALIP members promo code: 7CZEDK
    PitchLatino is a regional pitch that seeks to find new projects and voices that highlight Latino culture and themes within the community. PitchLatino will provide support to the selected project for the next phase in their production process, while connecting filmmakers to mentors and industry professionals.
    Submissions will be narrowed down to 5 projects. The Denver Film Society will assemble a panel of industry professionals to listen to 5 pitches during CineLatino. The panel will review all pitches and select a winner. The winner of PitchLatino will receive a $2500 production grant, courtesy of Coors Light Lideres, CineLatino and the Denver Film Society
    General Rules: 
    ***Note, all submitters and production teams must be 21 years of age or older***
    -Only short form narrative (60 minutes and under) projects will be considered
    -Production team, or production itself, must be based in either Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, or Utah
    -Films must have a Latino focus – centering on fresh innovative story telling that reflects Latino culture and experience. 
    -Ideal production teams are bilingual and/or bicultural Latinos
    -The film may be in the development, pre-production or production stages.
    About CineLatino:
    CineLatino is a 4-day, cultural celebration of Latino Cinema in Denver, Colorado. With a healthy mix of feature and documentary films, along with new and repertory titles, the Festival will place during Hispanic Heritage month on September 22-25 at the Denver Film Society’s Sie FilmCenter. The Denver Film Society is proud to recognize the contribution of Latinos in the world of cinema and celebrate the culture with premieres, a free family screening, receptions and special events.
    Withoutabox Link for full submission requirements and to submit your project: