VRLA Expo 207

I attended a virtual reality expo and I was surprised to see that one of the keynote speakers would be Justin Roiland, the creator of Rick and Morty. It was hilarious, by the way.

I saw a booth for Facebook 360. Using a Samsung phone and VR goggles, I was looking at what looked like a menu that you would see on a Smart TV screen.

There was some musical VR that I tried out, where you were creating these patterns using different brush strokes with some music playing. There was another booth with music VR that had people playing guitar and drums. I did not try that, but it was interesting to watch.

Since this event took place before Easter, there was a huge booth with this forest setting. People had goggles on that, I’m guessing, showed the locations of the Easter eggs.

Hype VR took you to a few different locations such as Vietnam and a Football field. It was an interesting experience. I couldn’t interact with anything or anyone, but the scenery was nice.

My friend, The Steel Shark, shot video of me at this booth called, Antilatency. It was like a scene from The Matrix. While there wasn’t a big, red couch, there were two chairs, a table with some items, and an old, analog TV. You can view my interaction with it below.

There was a John Wick booth where people ducked for cover in a shootout. That booth was quite fun. It was worth the wait. We even overheard the raffle that we entered to see if we won anything. We didn’t. Here is more footage of me ducking for cover while shooting my enemies.

 

 

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Nintendo Switch Event at Raleigh Studios

There was an event at Raleigh Studios in downtown Los Angeles and I decided to go when it was open to the public. I honestly didn’t know what to expect. There were different time frames when the would let people come in with different colored wristbands. I got in at 3pm, though I arrived there around 10:30am. As they were about to let us in, they passed out tickets for free food.

They led us into one of the studios in the studio lot and someone was throwing Nintendo Switch hats into the crowd. I was lucky enough to get the first one!

It was a really big room with many different sections for each video game. There were games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Bomberman, Mario Kart 8, Sonic Mania (probably my favorite) which is a return to the original games sans 3D, Disgaea 5, and many others.

There were games played on the main stage called, 1-2-Switch, and Arms. 1-2-Switch looks like a variety of party games and Arms is a fighting game with really long arms. I took video of these games that you can view here.

It was a fun event! I played two levels from Sonic Mania and some Mario Kart 8. Both were fun.

To close out the event, they played N’SYNC’s, Bye Bye Bye, as we existed the room. They gave us cookies too!

I saw that they were out of churros, so I got two hot dogs, ice cream, and a soda. You got to love free food!

 

The Shout

The Shout is an hour-long dance performance by Yusuf Nasir that opens at the El Portal Theater on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood, California.

Nasir has collaborated with various celebrities including Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez, Neil Patrick Harris, Wayne Brady, Betty White, Dancing With The Stars, and more.

I filmed an interview with him at the El Portal.

The showtimes are:

Preview – Sept. 21 @ 8:30pm (Invite Only)

Opening Night – Sept. 22 @ 8:30pm

Friday Sept. 23 @ 8:30pm

Saturday Sept 24 @ 8:30pm

Sunday Sept 25 @ 8:30pm

You can follow The Shout @SHOUTDANCES on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

 

The AfterGLOW Fanumentary

I don’t know if I’ve ever shared this here, but I was working with a client on a documentary. It’s about G.L.O.W. (The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling). This took about a year to complete and it has a nostalgic 80’s feel to it. There is even a GLOW series on Netflix!

This was also my first commission!

I took part in a music video!

About half a year ago, a band that I had discovered at the House of Blues, The McNaughstys, an Irish Folk Punk band, were looking for people to participate in a music video at the house of one of the band members. It was a party scene with the band playing and everyone was jumping and headbanging. It has recently been released. My friend, The Steel Shark, and I can be seen towards the end in the scene described above.

Enjoy and check them out!

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