AT&T SHAPE: A Cutting-Edge Convergence of Entertainment and Technology

Grab FREE tickets to the AT&T SHAPE, kicking off July 14-15 at Warner Bros Studios, by using discount code: “VRSCOUTS.”

AT&T has been making big waves in the VR community in 2017—kicking off with a white paper published by AT&T Foundry that outlines the structural issues the VR industry will have to address before mass adoption can occur.

Now, the telecomm organization is hosting AT&T SHAPE, an immersive event that “explores the convergence of technology and entertainment.” Situated at the Warner Bros. Studios July 14 and 15, attendees will be able to tour the iconic sets and stages for close-up glimpses of props and costumes from throughout film history.

The placement in a landmark Hollywood institution is complemented by a slate of luminary speakers and interactive demos designed to inspire conversations around the convergence of entertainment and tech—and the ways VR/AR are revolutionizing interactive narrative and digital storytelling. A few key speakers include:

  • Kathryn Bigelowtwo-time Academy Award®-winning director of Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker, this summer’s Detroit, and her recently released VR documentary, The Protectors – A Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes. Bigelow will draw from her extensive experience in the film industry to reflect on the role of VR on the future of storytelling.
  • Marco TempestDirector’s Fellow at the MIT Media Lab, Cyber-Illusionist, and Technologist whose talk, Inventing the Impossible Marcohighlights how illusion can be used as a creative tool with deep impacts on human psychology and network technology.
  • Tobias WeberWriter & Director of the world’s first major choose-your-own-adventure feature film, Late Shift. After screening the film, Weber will offer viewers a chance to participate further using mobile technology, as well as a Q&A after the screening.
  • Lance WeilerDirector of Experiential Learning & Applied Creativity at Columbia University and an alum of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. As one of WIRED magazine’s “One of twenty-five people helping to re-invent entertainment,” Weiler is uniquely qualified to discuss the intersection of story and code collide in his session, “Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things: How to Join a Massive Storytelling Experiment.”

Parents and kids will also appreciate the AT&T Creator Camp, a space for pioneers in the 8-14 age-range to learn about video and film production. The environment will be hands-on and family friendly, with mentors guiding children through the experience of engaging with storytelling technologies and practices like stop-motion animation, storyboarding, storytelling, green screen, film editing and visual effects.

For free admission to SHAPE (a $100 value, limited to first 300 registrants), register here using discount code VRSCOUTS.

VRScout is proud to be a media partner of AT&T SHAPE.

About the Scout

Jesse Damiani

Jesse Damiani is Editor-at-Large of VRScout and Deputy Director of Emerging Technology at Southern New Hampshire University. He's also Series Editor for Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan University Press) and the author of @endless$pectator: The Screens Suite #loliloquy (BlazeVOX, 2017). Other writing can be found on Adweek, Billboard, Forbes, Quartz, and The Verge.

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