The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

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studio on the constantly evolving art and science  of advanced motion picture creation.  He advises and creates strategy on future technology and vision of cinema for the next generation of movie entertainment.  He has a unique role at Barco, the worlds marketshare leader in Digital Cinema projection, as their “CinemaVangelist” spearheading a project that is focused on the future of the cinema experience. Ted is one of the founders and creators of the G-Tech product line of advanced hard drive storage products, that are implemented worldwide for professional Television and Multimedia content creation, and are the most recognized brand in the space. Before being part of the founding teams at RED Digital Cinema and G-Tech, Ted was on the team that developed and launched the Macintosh products desktop video division of AJA Video Systems, that created the groundbreaking Kona Cards and IO boxes.  These products are used on a massive scale worldwide for video production and post production at the highest levels, including some of the worlds biggest movies, TV shows and sporting events. Ted has presented on the future of technology and strategy for the media and entertainment industry in many regions of the USA, Europe, China, India, the Middle East, and the Far East.  He has consulted worldwide on the technical advances of ultra high resolution digital cinematography and future of advanced next gen. visual experiences for the movie, TV, interactive and gaming industries. Schilowitz has been featured in Wired, Variety, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, NBC, Studio Daily, Videography, Film and Video, DV magazine, TV Technology, HD Video Pro Magazine, Digital Television Magazine, Engadget, Gizmodo, Millimeter, American Cinematographer, MacWorld, Post magazine, Popular Science, LA Times and countless other trade publications and mainstream press, discussing technology advancements in his areas of passion and exploration


Shelley Midthun serves as Executive Director of Oregon Story Board, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing Oregon's digital storytelling ecosystem through building strong community, a diverse workforce and growing industry.  Midthun also oversees the Portland Film Office at the Portland Development Commission where she has developed and managed industry-related economic development initiatives and city policy.  She also sits on the Board of the Oregon Media Production Association and advocates for growth in the animation, visual effects and game development sectors in Oregon. Previously, Midthun spent five years at LAIKA animation studios, where she worked in production management for the commercial division of the company and prior to that as part of the executive production team on the animated feature film, Coraline. Shelley’s production experience extends to cinema, television, print and web production. Midthun came to Portland from Minneapolis in the late 90's, after receiving a BA in English from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.  She has worked in government, nonprofit, and held various positions in the communications industry.  She lives in Portland with her husband, Kevin, and their feline overlord, Ruby.


Steve Schklair is a producer, cinematographer, CEO of 3ality Technica, and founder of 3MERSIV. Recognized as an international 3D expert, Schklair has expanded his reach into virtual reality. He is dedicated to advancing VR from both a creative and technology perspective through the 2015 launch of 3MERSIV—a company entirely focused on VR production and developing integrated solutions for capturing VR. 3MERSIV is currently working in Nokia Technologies on the continued development and use of the OZO VR camera system.  Utilizing the same vision and technological skill that elevated 3ality to a new standard in native 3D systems and technology for movies including Transformers: Age of Extinction, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and all three Hobbit installments, Schklair is already making an impact on virtual reality’s potential to capture news, sports, and other programming that could benefit from a 360 degree viewer experience. Schklair's is responsible for shooting the first live S3D broadcasts from the NFL, the BCS Championship, sports programming for BSkyB, the Super Bowl, and the World Cup. Diving into the VR world is a natural transition for Schklair where he is noted for contributing to the Nokia-designed OZO launch by directing and producing a “Marriage Equality” test production. Schklair served as a producer and the 3D and Digital Image Producer on the groundbreaking U23D movie released in 2007 by National Geographic. He served as Executive Producer on films such as Britney Spears Live: The Femme Fatale Tour (credited), and on live concert films for Kenny Chesney Summer in 3D, The Black Eyed Peas in Paris, and Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again (uncredited in lieu of company credit). He also served as a producer for the Russian epic, Stalingrad, directed by Fedor Bondarchuk. Highly regarded by an international client list as one of the world’s leading experts in digital and live action 3D, Schklair is often credited as being one of the primary catalysts behind the resurgence of 3D in Hollywood films. Schklair contributed to Bernard Mendiburu’s 2011 book, ‘3D TV and 3D Cinema’ and has spoken at dozens of conferences including NAB, events for the PGA, and has been a keynote speaker at MIPCOM 2012 in Cannes, 3D Masters in London, Dimension-3 in Paris, and the IBC in Amsterdam. Prior to 3MERSIV, Schklair was a senior executive at Digital Domain during the production of such films as Apollo 13, The Fifth Element, Titanic, and Terminator 2:3D. He was also creative director for R/Greenberg Associates, Executive Producer of The Columbus Project for computer graphics and interactive media pioneer Robert Abel, and Co-Producer at Infinity Filmworks where he produced and photographed dozens of special venue films. In 2014, the International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society recognized Schklair and 3ality with the prestigious Century Award, which is presented to those individuals and companies who have indelibly left their mark on 3D’s first century.  Schklair is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), a member of the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA), and is an award winning member of the VES.


Dr. David Levitt is the co-founder and CEO of Pantomime Corporation, creator of the Pantomime™ Platform for interactive virtual reality using any mobile or consumer device -- headset optional. Pantomime Corporation, founded in April 2014, quickly won the Launch Silicon Valley Tech Challenge World Cup in the Digital Media / Mobile category. The company's first patent for using mobile devices to reach realistically into virtual reality worlds has granted. Levitt was previously the founder and CEO of Hip Software and ConnectedMedia. ConnectedMedia’s ConnectedTV app, one of the first “touch” apps designed to tap and stroke with your fingers, turned a Palm PDA into a web powered, personalized TV guide and remote control. Dr. Levitt has been a research scientist and software developer at the MIT Media Lab, Atari, Viacom, Interval Research, and virtual reality inventor VPL Research. Dr. Levitt has developed “kits” that let non-programmers create software by connecting on-screen parts, and artificial intelligence software that creates musical arrangements. He received doctoral and master’s degrees from MIT, and his B.S. from Yale.


Joe Chen, Executive Technical Producer, A pioneer in the realm of modern virtual reality, Joseph pursues the meaningful application of technology. One of the earliest members of Oculus, he has helped shape VR as a viable platform. Joseph served as Oculus’ Product Lead and Technical Producer from 2012 to 2015, touching nearly every major VR exhibit, and helping artists realize their ambitions in virtual reality along the way. At, Joseph focuses on the technical execution of creative vision. With a vast understanding of the technology landscape, he provides discerning feedback while honoring artistic integrity. Joseph first met the team in 2013 while preparing Beck’s “Hello Again” virtual reality film for the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier exhibit. Inspired by its vast potential, he is excited to explore virtual reality as an emerging medium and continue forging this collaboration of art and technology. Roy Taylor is Corporate Vice President and Head of Alliances at AMD. He is responsible for a global team managing all aspects of the AMD ecosystem and external relations. In this role Taylor manages AMD relations with Microsoft, Google, major games publishers and developers and also heads up AMD technology partnerships in VR.Taylor joined AMD in 2013. A 25-year veteran, Taylor has had a multi-faceted career as a technology evangelist, content strategist and entrepreneur in both start-ups and established companies.


James Knight, Virtual Production Director, AMD: James is based in Los Angeles working in Virtual Production and Virtual Reality. In addition to being Performance Capture Supervisor on Columbia Pictures' The Amazing Spiderman, he spent four years managing the motion capture for James Cameron's Avatar. Additionally he has done Performance Capture for films including I Am Legend, 2012, Hulk and Prince Caspian and various video games including, Batman Arkham City, Scene It, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Gotham Racing. He is a member of the Visual Effects Society (VES), on the Board of Directors at the British Academy's Los Angeles chapter (BAFTA-LA), and a member of the Scientific and Technical Achievement Committee at The Academy (AMPAS).


Shawn Gold, Corporate Marketing Officer, JustFab Inc; Shawn Gold has over 20 years of experience in branding, communications planning, digital marketing and content strategy. He currently advises, a social storytelling platform and one of the fastest growing mobile content sites in the world. Previously he oversaw sales, marketing and content development as CMO of Inside Studios, a video and mobile app company creating shows with over 1 billion views on YouTube and MSN. Until 2007, he was CMO, head of marketing & content for MySpace. At MySpace Gold spearheaded the development and implementation of marketing initiatives and campaigns for MySpace during its growth from 25 to 110 million users worldwide. Prior to MySpace he was a partner and the founding publisher of Weblogs, Inc., a network of popular blogs that included Engadget, Joystiq and Autoblog, now part of AOL. As head of communications planning for Rare Medium, Shawn helped launch digital communications strategies for brands at P&G, General Mills, Nestle, Mattel and other international brand marketing companies.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

11:45 AM - 12:45 AM

Session I: Live Webcast,  Guerin A, in Herscher Hall

Virtual and Augmented Reality: The Technology that will Change Everything: Narrative Entertainment, Games, Advertising, TV and Social Media

Dr. David Levitt, co-founder and CEO, Pantomime Corporation

Ted Schilowitz, Futurist and VR explorer at 20th Century FOX

James Knight, Virtual Production Director, AMD

Joe Chen, Executive Technical Producer,

Steve Schklair, founding principal and CEO, 3ality & 3mersiv

Shelley Midthun, Executive Director, Oregon Story Board

Shawn Gold, Corporate Marketing Officer, JustFab Inc., Moderator


Ted Schilowitz, Futurist and VR explorer, 20th Century FOX: Ted was founding member, first employee, and integral part of the product development team at RED Digital Cinema, that has made a significant impact on the Motion Picture Industry, with many of the worlds biggest movies now being shot with these ultra high resolution digital movie cameras.   Ted currently spends his time in 2 blended worlds;  a major Hollywood movie studio and a major technology  company in the Digital Cinema projection world.  He has a studio deal at 20th Century Fox as their “Futurist”, working directly with senior leadership at the