May 30 2012
Future Salon LA – Immersive Entertainment and Education

Future Salon LA – Immersive Entertainment and Education

Sunday, June 10, 2012

5:00pm until 9:00pm

Vortex Immersion Media and the c3: Center for Conscious Creativity are pleased to host this Sunday’s LA FUTURE SALON in The Vortex Dome located at LA Center Studios.

If you plan to attend the event please make sure that you RSVP on Eventbrite:

so that your name will be on the drive on list for parking. This is very important as the lot is secure and the only way to get in during the weekend is to enter the MAIN GATE of the studio in a car! You cannot walk into the studio on the weekend.

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Come join our fun and useful discussions on key trends, innovations, problems, sustainability, and social responsibility. Work with and on new tools, practices, ideas and projects. See the future and seize the present. Grow your network of supportive, future-oriented friends. Mini potluck & meet-and-greet starts at 5:00 PM – please bring snacks and drinks to share!

The presentation will start around 6:00 PM.
After the presentation we’ll share interesting articles we’ve seen in the news in the last few days/weeks. Please gather a few to share.

Presentation: Immersive Entertainment and Education by Ed Lantz, MSEE, President Vortex Immersion Media, Inc.

There are over 1,000 digital dome “fulldome” theaters worldwide offering visitors an immersive thrill ride through the universe and beyond. These spaces are primarily focused on informal science education in museums, science centers and planetariums, however digital domes are also emerging as a powerful new entertainment format. Entertainment domes have recently opened at Sea World (Turtle Trek 3D), Universal Studios (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter), and City of Dreams in Macau (Dragon’s Treasure). We take a look under the hood at this new format that promises to transform both entertainment and education in this talk that takes place within the Vortex Dome, a fulldome studio in downtown Los Angeles. Ed will discuss immersive theater production and will provide an overview of the fulldome market. A variety of programming will be demonstrated including examples of immersive cinema, artist-in-residence projects, and a real-time educational game featuring NASA datasets.

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Ed Lantz, President and CTO of Vortex Immersion Media, is an entertainment technology engineer, entrepreneur and pioneer of large-format digital cinema. He left aerospace engineering in 1990 to transform old-style planetariums into immersive visualization environments, designing over a dozen dome theaters worldwide including the Library of Alexandria in Egypt and Papalote Museo in Mexico City. He trained animators in immersive arts and sciences at ACM/SIGGRAPH, provided creative and technical expertise on numerous fulldome productions, and was awarded two U.S. patents on immersive theater designs. His company, Vortex Immersion Media, produces immersive and interactive experiences for Fortune 500 clients including MTV, Nestle, Nike, Deloitte, Siemens, and Sprint, and operates the Vortex Dome, the first commercial fulldome production studio and events venue located in downtown Los Angeles. Lantz is co-founder of IMERSA and is actively developing industry standards for giant screen digital cinema in cooperation with the Giant Screen Cinema Association. Ed holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University.

Future Salons are monthly educational, activist, and social events, focused on existing or emerging scientific, technological, entrepreneurial, or social change topics and projects worthy of your help and attention. We also cover critical-thinking, management, and personal change topics, and occasionally longer-term scientific and philosophical topics. Our goal is to make our rapidly changing world more fascinating, manageable, profitable, and positive-sum for all of us. We strive to be both doing-action-project oriented, and thinking-idea-prioritizing oriented. About the Future Salon Network initiated by John Smart:

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