VRLA, the 3D Debacle, How to Make Money in VR, GoPro's Omni Rig (Newsletter #3)

Virtual Reality Los Angeles (VRLA) has been called a "watershed" event. Truth or hyperbole? You decid


August 11 · Issue #3 · View online
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Virtual Reality Los Angeles (VRLA) has been called a “watershed” event. Truth or hyperbole? You decide: it was attended by 6,000 people over two days (Aug 6-7). And, yes, we have highlights. 
Hollywood is carefully routing its marketing spend on original, short VR/360 experiences: SUICIDE SQUAD, STRANGER THINGS and THE BFG. Meanwhile, first-time director Alex Oshmyansky threw caution to the wind (ignorance is bliss?) with CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN CRIME, his claim to be the “the first VR feature-length movie”. You can buy the full film for $1 starting August 31st. Sneak peek below.
I wanted to also comment on an important development for VR creators. JauntVR just launched its Publishing platform to solve a big problem: connecting audiences to quality content. Here’s what great about it: platform agnostic (iOS, GearVR, Vive, PlayStation), transcoding in the cloud and support for Dolby Atmos. IMHO, this service will have legs with curation. Always good to incentivize people to submit their best work. Or, speaking plainly, always good to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Finally, in the spirit of hope and progress, I leave you with the TechCrunch article comparing VR to 3D. One of them is (unofficially) dead or dying, yet the other might live and even prosper. Well, here’s to you!
See you next week,

VRLA 2016
The 27 Coolest Things From the World’s Largest Virtual Reality Expo
Virtual Reality is Coming Soon to Your Movie Theater...Lobby
Introducing Viveport
Netflix’s First Original VR Content is a Creepy Trip Inside Stranger Things
The First Feature Length VR Mockumentary
Hollywood Beginning To See Role for Virtual Reality
Fear of Heights? Of Angles in VR and Immersive Journalism
Should You Take the Plunge Into Mobile Virtual Reality?
Five Reasons VR Video is More Important Than You Thought
Virtual reality will not replay the 3D debacle
How Can Virtual Reality Content Creators Make Money?
GoPro will start selling its six-camera VR rig on Aug 17
Samsusung Launches New Gear VR Headset
Jaunt Publishing: A Better Way to Share VR Content
The BBC's New 360 VR App Will Stream Rio 2016 Olympics Live
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