Ep. 11 | This isn’t 3 degrees of storytelling…

On this episode, we welcome back Will Gee, Founder and CEO of Balti Virtual. A lot has changed since we last spoke with Will back in 2019; Balti Virtual has evolved as a tool for creative expression, social engagement, and brand experiences.

We nerd out on the rapidly-advancing world of XRcise, the compelling ways VR can connect us in isolation, and what perspective in 6 degrees really means. Will shares with us how augmenting our surroundings with XR technology is more exciting than ever, and expanding the possibilities for how we tell and experience stories.

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WebAR Sample Projects developed by Balti Virtual
Learn more about Web AR and hypARlinks HERE

To Our Supporters

Special thanks to O’Keefe Communications for the remote studio support. Music by Minden “4th And Starlight Road – Instrumental” (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Ep. 10 | [AR]t & Liberty

AR is impermanent, ephemeral, invisible to the naked eye and leaves no environmental trace. It is accessible to a broad audience through the ubiquitous use of smartphones and tablets…”

NANCY BAKER CAHILL’S LIBERTY BELL – Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

From its origins in American history, “liberty” was only available to a certain demographic and came at great expense to others.

What happens when a visionary artist brings together these conflicting histories and complex realities with immersive design and technology?

Artist Nancy Baker Cahill asks: “In an age of pandemic, surveillance, injustice and disinformation, who is actually free? That’s the conversation we need to have.” We sat down with Nancy to discuss storytelling and American history using immersive technology.

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Read Nancy Baker Cahill’s thought-provoking piece “Embracing the Radical Uncertainty of Part-Machines.”

Learn how a collective of artists leverage augmented reality “to make visible the injustices of the largest immigration detention system in the world.” Through the project entitled “In Plain Sight” these creators seek to share a sense of hope and solidarity with those detained in immigration camps.

TO OUR SUPPORTERS

Special thanks to musician Artofescapism (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)) and O’Keefe Communications for the remote studio support.

Ep. 9 | Storytelling Distilled: Experiences Drive Human Connection

“There is a special kind of magic that lives in creating shared moments in time.” 

-Nick Rivero

We came across this line in a recent Medium op-ed, and couldn’t resist reaching out to the author to learn more about his perspectives on experiencing stories with new technology.

Nick Rivero, co-founder of Meptik, shares his unique journey from classical music major to data visualization innovator. Fusing skills in design and technology, his company is pioneering creative modes of storytelling that are possible in today’s new paradigm.

Nick tells us about painting stories on buildings with projection mapping and reimagining the content development process as real-time and reactive. He leaves us with a call to action to reinvent how we connect audiences and drive human connection.

Listen to our conversation with Nick, and experience Meptik’s cutting-edge work through these links and videos….

For International Day of Yoga, Meptik teamed up with lululemon to host an immersive, virtual yoga experience.

BONUS: COVID-19 Visualized

The graceful rhythm of an ugly virus on the move. Meptik created visualizations that are driven by data, in real time, to bring awareness to the devastating impact using the same tools for concert visuals and live experiences.

TO our supporters

Special thanks to musician Chad Crouch (Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0)) and O’Keefe Communications for the remote studio support.

Ep. 8 | QuARantine Catch Up

We caught up with Cyrene Q – SnapChat Influencer, Graphic Designer, and one of the most inspiring artists we’ve had the pleasure of interviewing.  Cyrene makes art that’s meant to be played with, and her ingenious Snap creations simultaneously reflect the current world we live in and bring joy to millions of users. Don’t know much about Snap Lenses or how they work?

Cyrene explains the magic of AR and takes us inside her creative process. Get inspired by her thoughtful insights on how we’re living today and how innovative storytellers can make an impact using AR.

Together we consider the future of lenses, and get a glimpse into the exciting projects on Cyrene’s horizon (like her collaboration with The Advocate to create augmented Pride 2020 experiences)! 

Special thanks to musician Chad Crouch (Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0)) & Mid-Air Machine (Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA 4.0) for lending us your musical talents to underscore this episode.

Ep. 6 | Virtually Present: Alone Together

The world around us has changed dramatically. So has the role of virtual and immersive technology in our everyday lives. It feels like our dialogue around these topics and how we connect through stories are more relevant than ever. Join us as we continue to explore the implications and applications of immersive media.

With Christina Heller, CEO of Metastage, we delve into volumetric capture as a mode of storytelling, addressing questions of authenticity and applicability of new technology.

A woman leader in a predominantly-male industry, Christina shares how her career and aspirations developed, and insights into the value of immersive content. On both personal and professional levels, Christina offers enlightening perspectives on the potential and the impact of multi-dimensional technology on how we tell and experience stories.

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Backstage Pass | The Robot’s Got Sass

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This installment of Backstage Pass takes you behind our own curtain, in a candid and convivial conversation with the O’Keefe video superwomen – Tina Hoffmann and Asia Taylor.

In Part One, we discuss how intention and purpose drive every new project. We divulge our collaborative creative process – how we, as producers, directors, and editors with vast and varied skillsets, team up to bring ideas to life. How can we, as artists, craft original work (that challenges, engages, and excites us) within the parameters of a client’s goals and interests?

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In Part Two, Asia and Tina share takeaways from the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) 2019 Show in Vegas. We consider how our team might implement cutting-edge technology to innovate our creative approach. How can we, as creators, use this new technology to tell stories with a purpose?

Technology is exciting but, as Tina says, audiences still seek connection to authenticity. Tina was impressed by MetaStage – a company creating volumetric video, and first US partner for the Microsoft Mixed Reality Capture system (*side bar: stay tuned for our upcoming interview with CEO Christina Heller!) Asia was most compelled by seminars and classes geared towards video editors. Technology without technique, Asia contends, is emotionless design.

We had a blast chatting with Tina and Asia; let us know your thoughts on new technology, audience engagement, and creative authenticity. Tweet us @Pod6Stories or message us on instagram @Pod6Stories.

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Backstage Pass | Tim Zanker

On this very special installment of Backstage Pass, we sit down with Tim Zanker, President of O’Keefe Communications (and, of course, our boss!) for an expert’s insider perspective on technology and storytelling in live event production.

Tim Zanker
President
O’Keefe Communications

We travel back in time to catch a glimpse of live events before the technology that dominates our production systems and processes existed, and learn about Tim’s fascinating and often-unpredictable path from fine arts major to roving lighting director and stage manager to the fearless leader of our spectacular creative production team, and owner of a thriving company. We talk about how the industry has and continues to change, and what matters most when introducing new technology into live event production. Hear how Tim saved the day (on more than one occasion), using experience, intuition, clear communication, and blind faith, turning a potential production nightmare into a magnificent live experience. Finally, we ask Tim how one sustains not only a strong team and solid brand, but also one’s personal and emotional self as a professional in live event production.

Tune into the conversation for insider insights and inspiring stories with Tim Zanker on Six Degrees of Storytelling: Backstage Pass.

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Ep. 1 | ARt

ARt: Storytelling in Augmented Reality!

On this inaugural episode of Six Degrees of Storytelling, co-hosts Rachel Schwerin and Brittney Lanni are joined by special guests Cyrene Q (@CyreneQ), a social media artist, influencer and author, and Nancy Baker Cahill (@4thwallapp), multi-disciplinary artist and founder of 4th Wall.

Over the course of the episode we discuss the potential to create enriched experiences through augmented art. We discuss how augmented reality has evolved to be a new creative medium, enabling stories and shared experiences to be democratized.

We explore how augmented art opens doors to creating contextually-powerful public art, through existing social platforms like Snapchat, or emerging mobile platforms such as 4th Wall and Coordinates, enabling artists to flip the script on age-old paradigms.

More about our guests:
Cyrene Quiamco, better known as CyreneQ, is a social media artist, influencer and published author. She is known for creating art on Snapchat. Her art takes her audience in whimsical adventures as she overlays doodles and augmented reality on her videos. Quiamco’s work has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Business Insider and Mashable.


Nancy Baker Cahill is a multi-disciplinary artist and founder of 4th Wall, a free Augmented Reality (AR) app which allows users to place art in 360 degrees anywhere in the world. She also created the
ongoing, collaborative, AR public art exhibition Coordinates, a new feature on her app, which allows individual artists to activate their work in site-specific locations.

https://nancybakercahill.com/bloomberg-media-documentary

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