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22 Behind the Headset: The Making of Google Spotlight Stories' "Son of Jaguar" and "Sonaria," and Oculus Story Studios' "Dear Angelica" Wednesday, 2 August, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm South Hall K Three unique VR production teams come together in this high-energy session to discuss their innovative approaches to immersive visuals, audio, and user experience, many of which are being presented publicly for the first time. For "Son of Jaguar," "Sonaria," and "Dear Angelica," brand-new tools and production pipelines were created to bring these intricate and immersive stories to life. Google Spotlight Stories, Oculus, and Reel FX present the techniques and storytelling strategies that have earned them reputations as world leaders in the realm of virtual reality and interactive mediums. "Son of Jaguar" Director: Jorge Gutierrez Co-Creators: David Eisenmann, Cassidy Curtis, Kirk Bodyfelt, John Anderholm, Reel FX A preview of Google Spotlight Stories' "Son of Jaguar." In the most important match of his life, the once-mighty, masked luchador, Son of Jaguar, faces his legacy, his family, and what it means to be a part of something bigger than himself. PANELISTS: • Jorge Gutierrez, Director, Reel FX • Cassidy Curtis, Technical Art Lead, Google Spotlight Stories "Sonaria" Director: Scot Stafford and Chromosphere Co-Creators: Kevin Dart, Camille Cellucci, Theresa Latzko A sneak peek at Google Spotlight Stories' "Sonaria." Follow two ever-changing creatures as they flow from one life form to another in a vivid journey of sound and light. The visual language of "Sonaria" is simple and abstract, designed to suggest, while the sonic language is layered and immersive, designed to answer. PANELISTS: • Scot Stafford, Director, Composer, and Sound Supervisor, Pollen Music Group/Google Spotlight Stories • Kevin Dart, Director and Production Designer, Chromosphere • Theresa Latzko, Technical Art Lead, Chromosphere "Dear Angelica" Director: Saschka Unseld Entirely painted by a single artist's hand inside of VR using Quill, "Dear Angelica" plays out in a series of memories that unfold around you. The panelists talk about the unique process, tools, and pipeline used to make this illustrated VR story. "Dear Angelica" was the last VR immersive short released by Oculus Story Studio before its closure in May 2017. PANELISTS: • Maxwell Planck, Producer and Technical Founder, Oculus Story Studio • Chris Horne, CG Supervisor, Oculus Story Studio • Inigo Quilez, VFX Supervisor, Oculus Story Studio • Robert Chen, FX Lead, Oculus Story Studio Production Sessions

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