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Writing for Reality: How to Create in Virtual Space

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Saturday, July 1, 2:00pm -
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This panel, moderated by the Emmy and Webby-winning Nathan Phillips, will cover the conceptual tricks and vocabulary creative professionals can use to better explore the virtual space. From combatting "The Swayze Effect" to the importance of engaging your queue to fun, easy tricks to help to construct a non-linear narrative, the panel is designed for people interested in creating culture and writing stories for the virtual space.



Adrian Vaszuez de Valesco, Total Cinema 360

Adrian Vasquez de Velasco is a director specializing in cinematic virtual reality storytelling and the co-founder of Total Cinema.  Since first experiencing virtual worlds in an architecture design studio in 2012, Adrian has been at the forefront of exploring, developing, creating, and advocating for immersive and interactive storytelling and technologies, directing virtual reality experiences for brands as well as developing a slate of original narrative fiction and non-fiction work.  Before VR, his documentary and narrative works as a traditional filmmaker screened at the Smithsonian Institution, the Warsaw and Palm Beach film festivals, and the World Sustainability Forum in the Amazon.  He speaks fluent Spanish, is a dual US/EU citizen, and believes in fostering a global perspective through his work.


Carmen Aguilar y Wedge

Aguilar y Wedge is a Cuban-Mexican-American engineer, artist and researcher. In 2014, she co-founded Hyphen-Labs, an international team of women with backgrounds in engineering, science, architecture, turned designers & artists synthesizing art and technology to create meaningful experiences. Emphasizing experimentation and alternative education, the team finds creative solutions and applications to complex problems using new media, emerging technology, robotics, and computation.


Moderator: Nathan Phillips

Nathan Phillips is an Emmy and Webby-winning interactive artist and filmmaker, creative director and best-selling author. His work has been featured at Sundance, IDFA, Tribeca Film Festival, won The World Press Photo Contest, shown at MOMA, The Museum of Contemporary Art in LA, The Whitney and The New Museum. His best-selling book “The Unorthodox Haggadah, A dogma-free Passover for Jews and Other Chosen People” is totally priced to sell at your local bookstore. He is the co-founder of The Oratory Laboratory, New York’s leading speechwriting company, worked for Russell Simmons as the CCO of Narrative, worked on AI and VR at the Google Creative Lab and is a founding partner of Technology, Humans And Taste (THAT.NYC), a creative agency in New York City.