Keynote: Brett Leonard – The Mythic Story of VR: Transformation or Control?

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Sunday, June 26, 2016
2:00pm – 3:00pm
CR1D1 – Alumni Lounge
CONFERENCE OR SUPER PASS REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION

“The Mythic Story of VR: Transformation or Control?”

From his perspective as a Cinematic Storyteller associated with creating social context and inspiration for VR through his hit films Lawnmower Man and Virtuosity, Brett will discuss whether the emerging medium of actual Virtual Reality will lead to greater transformation and evolution of the Global Human, or be the most dangerous method of Mind Control ever created – Or will it be both?

Brett Leonard in Director's Chairprepped
Brett Leonard

For over 25 years, Brett Leonard has been at the forefront of the digital media revolution – whether it be as Director/Writer of the groundbreaking cult-classic film Lawnmower Man, which introduced the concept of Virtual Reality to popular culture – or being the first to pioneer modern stereoscopic techniques and photo-realistic CGI in his hit IMAX 3D film “T-Rex” – or introducing American audiences to Russell Crowe and many other talents both in front of and behind the camera – Brett’s work as a visionary Director/Producer/Futurist has always pushed the edge of innovation in the entertainment industry. Brett is now passionately focused on defining truly interactive narrative entertainment for the new emerging mediums of VR/AR.

Mr. Leonard was recently named by The Producers Guild of America, in association with Variety Magazine, as one of its “Digital 25”, recognizing the twenty-five leading visionaries, innovators and producers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of storytelling through digital media. The Guild’s 4,500 members, including producers of film, television and new media, along with a distinguished Digital 25 Advisory Board, voted Mr. Leonard for this honor. Other recipients include directors James Cameron and Ridley Scott, and Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

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