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Since 1979, Black Public Media, formerly National Black Programming Consortium, has been a leading provider on American public television of quality, intelligent and compelling programming that celebrates the cultural heritage of African Americans and the African Diaspora.

TREAT YOURSELF! TAKE A VR CLASS THIS SATURDAY"Intro to 360 Cameras" is a 3-hour seminar for producers, DPs, editors, dir...
07/10/2019

TREAT YOURSELF! TAKE A VR CLASS THIS SATURDAY

"Intro to 360 Cameras" is a 3-hour seminar for producers, DPs, editors, directors, and other film and TV professionals, who would like to learn the basics of virtual reality production.

Educators who teach filmmaking, art, photography, and computer science are encouraged to attend also.

Filmmaker Philip Sanchez will walk participants through the process of making VR, plus discuss the specs of four models of cameras: The Samsung 360, Insta360 One X, GoPro HERO4 Black cameras on a Freedom360 rig, and the Kandao Obsidian R. Students will have the opportunity to watch sample VR footage from each camera in the last hour of the class.

Cost: $75.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-360-cameras-registration-64219280597

#NYVR #virtualreality #photography #filmmaking #360videos #360cameras #VR #edtech #NYCVR #blacktech #blacksintech #POCtech #POCintech

Gizmondo: Whitney Houston’s estate, for example, included her posthumous rights to publicity when she died. Houston’s si...
07/08/2019
What If I Don't Want to Be a Hologram After I Die?

Gizmondo: Whitney Houston’s estate, for example, included her posthumous rights to publicity when she died. Houston’s sister-in-law and former manager Pat Houston controls that estate, meaning she ultimately makes the call on how the late singer’s name and image are used.

“Everything is about timing for me,” Pat recently told the New York Times while discussing plans for a hologram tour, among other projects. “It’s been quite emotional for the past seven years. But now it’s about being strategic.”

https://gizmodo.com/what-if-i-dont-want-to-be-a-hologram-after-i-die-1835598911

It’s October 2022, five years after the death of Tom Petty, and you and your family have just arrived at the Hollywood Bowl to see the late musician’s digital resurrection. It’s only lasers, of course, you know this, but as an ultra-realistic Petty zaps to life onstage, it’s a distant truth,...

For our Los Angeles friends...This weekend, African Artists' Association is hosting a mixer, featuring Will Catlett of L...
07/08/2019

For our Los Angeles friends...This weekend, African Artists' Association is hosting a mixer, featuring Will Catlett of LOVE IS and BLACK LIGHTNING.

Side note: Black Public Media is hosting a VR mixer with The 3As on Saturday, August 3rd, in Los Angeles. We will post the Facebook Event soon.

3As Fam,

We’re beyond excited to welcome the talented Will Catlett as our July 13th guest speaker! You’ve seen him on Black Lightning, OWN’s #LoveIs, and he’ll also be starring in Barry Jenkins’ upcoming feature Twelve!

Join us at AFI Conservatory at 4pm for networking and a conversation with Will moderated by Jozanne Marie starting at 4:30 pm.

Fee: $15 for non-members and free for members.

Same thing goes for documentaries.Columbia Journalism Review: The title “foreign correspondent” has long been synonymous...
07/05/2019
The Problem with ‘Fixers’

Same thing goes for documentaries.

Columbia Journalism Review: The title “foreign correspondent” has long been synonymous with whiteness, maleness, and imperialism—journalists fly in from North America, Europe, and Australia to cover the poverty and wars of the non-Western world. In recent years, a push for diversity has meant that more women are pursuing stories in what was once the domain of men—conflict zones and fractured democracies—or in traditionally private female spaces. But the opportunities for journalists in non-Western nations to tell their own stories in international outlets have not been as great. Overwhelmingly, foreign reportage still relies on a model of Western, and largely white, reporters hiring local journalists in subservient roles.

In April, Neha Dixit, a journalist in India, received an email from a professor at Northwestern University. The subject read, “Fixer needed.” The message: “My colleagues and I are working on a story about illegal organ trafficking in India and are in need of sources for the story. We were wond...

Check out this piece from our 360 Fellow Keith McQuirter
07/04/2019
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Check out this piece from our 360 Fellow Keith McQuirter

Our very own, filmmaker Keith McQuirter, wrote the short story "The Rippling Effect of Baron Walker" about second chances in the criminal justice system. It was released this week online by Belt Publishing & Belt Magazine. Check it out!

https://beltmag.com/baron-walker-milwaukee/

07/01/2019
#WhenTheySawUs: A Virtual Town Hall on Transforming Juvenile Justice

#WhenTheySawUs: A Virtual Town Hall on Transforming Juvenile Justice

Join The Gathering for Justice and partners BlackPublicMedia.org and #RolandMartinUnfiltered for WHEN THEY SAW US: A VIRTUAL TOWN HALL featuring a critical conversation on Juvenile Justice with experts Carmen Perez-Jordan, Tamika Mallory, Angelo Pinto, Rashad Robinson, Korey Wise, Hillary Blout, Lateefah Simon, Jumaane D. Williams + Chris Lazare of Real Justice.

#WhenTheySawUs will examine the growing Movement for juvenile justice reform in the aftermath of Ava DuVernay's powerful and searing Netflix series #WhenTheySeeUs about the horrific treatment of the now-known #ExoneratedFive.

T O N I G H T // at 8:00 PM ET 5:00 PM PT check out "When They Saw Us: A Virtual Town Hall" by Justice League NYC in ass...
07/01/2019

T O N I G H T // at 8:00 PM ET 5:00 PM PT check out "When They Saw Us: A Virtual Town Hall" by Justice League NYC in association with Black Public Media. This live forum will discuss systemic injustices and uplift current efforts of changemakers and reformers working within the system, and the ongoing efforts for redress and accountability. Links to join are below:

CNN: Netflix has announced its first original African animated series - Mama K's Team 4. The series is produced by award...
07/01/2019
Netflix to launch all girl superhero animation series from Africa

CNN: Netflix has announced its first original African animated series - Mama K's Team 4. The series is produced by award-winning South Africa based studio, Triggerfish Animation, and London based kids and family entertainment specialist, CAKE.

Mama K's Team 4 tells a story of four teenage girls living in a futuristic version of Lusaka, Zambia's capital city. The girls are recruited by an ex-secret agent to save the world.

#MamaKTeam4 #animation #Afrofuturism #Afrofuturist

As part of its growing acquisition of content from Africa, Netflix has announced its first original African animated series - Mama K's Team 4.

On Monday, July 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, The Gathering for Justice, in association with Black Public Media, will present an...
06/29/2019

On Monday, July 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, The Gathering for Justice, in association with Black Public Media, will present an online forum to discuss the systemic injustices and uplift current efforts of changemakers and reformers working within the system, and the ongoing efforts for redress and accountability. Tune in right here on Facebook Live.

FRONTLINE
06/28/2019
FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE

Local news rooms, do you need more support to pursue an important investigation in your community? FRONTLINE's Local Journalism Project will support four to five in-depth investigative projects over the next four years. Find out more at this link and submit your proposals by July 15.

ATTEND OUR VR CAMERAS CLASS ON JULY 13TH!Registration is now open for our new "Intro to 360 Cameras" class. This 3-hour,...
06/25/2019
Intro to 360 Cameras

ATTEND OUR VR CAMERAS CLASS ON JULY 13TH!

Registration is now open for our new "Intro to 360 Cameras" class. This 3-hour, $75 seminar is ideal for producers, DPs, editors, directors, and other film and TV professionals, who would like to learn the basics of virtual reality production. Educators who are producing, funding, or teaching immersive filmmaking are encouraged to attend as well.

Filmmaker Philip Sanchez will walk participants through the VR workflow, plus discuss the specs of four models of 360 cameras: The Samsung 360 (2017 version), Insta360 One X, GoPro Freedom 360 with an Omni rig, and the Kandao Obsidian R. Students will have the opportunity to watch sample VR footage from each camera in the last hour of the class.

This seminar is ideal for VR filmmaking newbies. If you have taken other VR classes or Unity classes, this class would not be appropriate. Knowledge of Adobe Premiere would be advantageous, but it is not required. If you have a 5-10 level of understanding of Adobe Premiere (on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest), it would definitely increase your level of understanding of the nuances of VR production.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-360-cameras-registration-64219280597

Wired Magazine: [Disney's new version of] THE LION KING was filmed entirely in virtual reality (well, save a single phot...
06/21/2019
Disney’s New ‘Lion King’ Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema

Wired Magazine: [Disney's new version of] THE LION KING was filmed entirely in virtual reality (well, save a single photographed shot). All the locations you know from the original—Pride Rock, the elephant graveyard, Rafiki’s Ancient Tree—exist, but not as practical sets or files confined to an animator’s computer. They live inside a kind of filmmaking video­game as 360-degree virtual environments, full of digitized animals, around which Jon Favreau and his crew could roam. Headsets on, filmmakers had access to all the tools of the trade, just in virtual form. Say you’re getting ready for a scene in which young Simba talks to Zazu, his father’s adviser, and the “sun” isn’t falling on Simba’s face the way it should. Favreau or visual effects supervisor Rob Legato could just add a “light” to boost the intensity.

#VR #virtualreality #thelionking

https://www.wired.com/story/disney-new-lion-king-vr-fueled-future-cinema

Director Jon Favreau shot the remake of the animated classic inside virtual reality. He doesn't know what to call the result, but it looks like a real movie.

Stephanie Dinkins, who teaches at Stony Brook, spoke at one of our #BPMplus Mixers last November. Stephanie was inspired...
06/17/2019
Community, Art, and AI: An Interview with Stephanie Dinkins

Stephanie Dinkins, who teaches at Stony Brook, spoke at one of our #BPMplus Mixers last November. Stephanie was inspired by her conversations with the artificial intelligence, known as Bina48 (the robot in the image, below), to create her own AI character. Stephanie's AI character will be based on the lives, beliefs, likes and dislikes or three women in her family, including herself--three generations of black history. The genre-melding AI piece, called NOT THE ONLY ONE, will comprise documentary, family memoir, and experimental fiction rolled into one artwork. Read the MIT interview with Stephanie in IMMERSE.

Here we present an in-depth look into Stephanie Dinkins’s practice with AI, robots, art, and community.

APPLY TO ATTEND FREE MAGIC LEAP 101 WORKSHOPS ON JUNE 25TH AND 26TH AT BROOKLYN NAVY YARDRLab is offering two, free, 6-h...
06/17/2019
Magic Leap Workshop - Attendance Application

APPLY TO ATTEND FREE MAGIC LEAP 101 WORKSHOPS ON JUNE 25TH AND 26TH AT BROOKLYN NAVY YARD

RLab is offering two, free, 6-hour Intro to Magic Leap workshops next week at their space in Brooklyn. The workshops cater to developers/coders who want to learn how to use the dev kit for the Magic Leap One AR headset. Apply ASAP (and definitely by Wed, June 19th). RLab will notify participants who have been accepted on June 21st.

#AR #augmentedreality #magicleap #magicleapone RLab #RLabNYC

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfpITuWLCzbxv6ZYWCOt8jFKHPEi6vM_zHXRGKtXsJK305q3A/viewform

On June 25th and 26th, Magic Leap and RLab will be hosting developer workshops from 10am - 4pm. In these 6 hour workshops, Magic Leap will introduce participants to spatial computing concepts and tools and enable them to get started developing for the Magic Leap One. Starting from scratch, participa...

This month we invite you to participate in our June Appeal focused on the Nonso Christian Ugbode Digital Media Fellowshi...
06/04/2019

This month we invite you to participate in our June Appeal focused on the Nonso Christian Ugbode Digital Media Fellowship program. Join us as we remember Christian, his impact on digital media and his legacy of innovative Black storytelling. Donate here and make a direct impact on the life of a talented young media maker!

https://act.myngp.com/Forms/7233474294263973888

Black Public Media and the Red Black Green affinity group at Huge co-hosted a BPMplus VR Mixer on April 30th in Huge's B...
06/01/2019

Black Public Media and the Red Black Green affinity group at Huge co-hosted a BPMplus VR Mixer on April 30th in Huge's Brooklyn office.
Photos taken by Natiah Jones (NJ) and Lisa Osborne (LKO).
Follow #BPMplus for updates on our AR/VR programs and events.

Black Public Media and the Red Black Green affinity group at Huge co-hosted a BPMplus VR Mixer on April 30th in Huge's Brooklyn office.
Photos taken by Natiah Jones (NJ) and Lisa Osborne (LKO).
Follow #BPMplus for updates on our AR/VR programs and events.

The Guardian: When the Arab spring uprising began in 2010, filmmaker Tamara Shogaolu was living in Egypt. As she travele...
05/29/2019
Virtual reality: how women are taking a leading role in the sector

The Guardian: When the Arab spring uprising began in 2010, filmmaker Tamara Shogaolu was living in Egypt. As she traveled around the country collecting oral histories of people’s experiences, she realized the role virtual reality (VR) could play in showcasing these stories. Her VR documentary, ANOTHER DREAM, debuted at the Tribeca film festival in April. It follows an Egyptian lesbian couple who, facing the post-revolution backlash against LGBT people, escape the country to seek asylum in the Netherlands.

“When you’re listening to someone’s voice, to be physically present in their memories is so interesting,” explains Shogaolu. During the production, the characters would describe their feeling of difference as people of color in majority-white spaces. And it was a feeling familiar to Shogaolu herself, as a black woman working in the male-dominated and white-majority world of tech.

https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2019/may/28/virtual-reality-how-women-are-taking-a-leading-role-in-the-sector

Despite a well-documented gender imbalance within the tech industry, a survey suggests that when it comes to VR, women are starting to take up leadership roles in greater numbers

TECH VOCAB 101: HOLOGRAM"An Evening with Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour" is about to launch.The digital char...
05/28/2019
The Whitney Houston of the 3D Hologram Tour Will Be Neither 3D nor a Hologram

TECH VOCAB 101: HOLOGRAM
"An Evening with Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour" is about to launch.

The digital character that the tour uses is not, technically, a hologram. So know your tech terms. Learn the difference between creating a Pepper's Ghost illusion (like the Tupac 'hologram' at Coachella years ago) and an actual, real deal hologram. Pepper's Ghost is a magic trick from the 1860s.

Slate says: But unlike Tupac’s performance, Houston’s image won’t rely on Pepper’s Ghost. “We’re way past Pepper’s Ghost,” says Tudor, though he didn’t provide other details about their proprietary technology. He did say, however, that the image is not a reflection and is a direct projection using a cutting edge, “military-grade” Epson laser projector. Whatever this projection is, Tudor confirms, it’s not 3D, though it may appear that way to the audience. “It’s what the projector does that makes it appear 3D,” he says.

https://slate.com/technology/2019/05/whitney-houston-3d-hologram-tour-technology.html

#hologram #3D #PeppersGhost #WhitneyHouston

A look at the latest dead-singer hologram tour technology.

FREE UNITY CLASS STARTS IN THE BRONX THIS WEEKUnity is a game engine that's used to power many room-scale VR experiences...
05/20/2019
Introduction to Unity Platform

FREE UNITY CLASS STARTS IN THE BRONX THIS WEEK
Unity is a game engine that's used to power many room-scale VR experiences. After a short introduction to the history of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), Unity's interface, asset store and customization features will be discussed. You will be able to follow along on available computers or on your own device. While Unity can be used for development on a wide array of platforms, emphasis will be placed on VR and projects will be built for the HTC Vive which will be available to you. Prerequisites: Being comfortable navigating computer systems and new computer technology.

(I can't tell if it's one, 3-hour class or a 12-hour class over 4 sessions. Anyway, it's FREE!)

Fee: $0.00
Capacity Remaining: 15
Dates: 5/20/2019 - 5/23/2019
Times: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sessions: 4
Days: M Tu W Th

https://www.campusce.net/lehman/course/EventDetail.aspx?C=3338

After a short introduction to the history of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), Unity's interface, asset store and customization features will be discussed. You will be able to follow along on available computers or on your own device. While Unity can be used for development on a w...

INTERACTIVE MEDIA & ART RESIDENCY DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 26THArtists of any discipline are welcome. POV Spark's newly ...
05/15/2019

INTERACTIVE MEDIA & ART RESIDENCY DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 26TH

Artists of any discipline are welcome. POV Spark's newly launched African Interactive Art Residency is accepting applications for its 11-week residency for creatives from the African diaspora to experiment with digital and emerging media. Up to 3 people will be accepted. Apply by May 26th: https://bit.ly/2IBqA0v

#POVSpark POV #POVPBS #PBSPOV #AIR

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