Inaugural Infinity Film Festival Celebrated Four Days Of Exciting Panels, Screenings And Cutting Edge Technology Exhibitions And Featured Title Sponsor RYOT And Presenting Sponsor Epic Games And Unreal Engine
The inaugural Infinity Film Festival™, brought to Beverly Hills by title sponsor, RYOT, presented by Epic Games and Unreal Engine and co-presented by D-BOX, took place November 1 – 4, 2018. Celebrating “Story Advanced by Technology,” attendees spent four days experiencing over 100 screenings: AR, VR, IoT, Shorts, Digital-First, Features, TV, OTT, 30+ cutting-edge tech exhibitions, over 200 industry-leading speakers from Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach, web-based app and “Digital Swag Bag” on the Blockchain and an opening night VIP reception at United Talent Agency with Consumer Technology Association (CTA). In addition to the varied formats showcased at IFF, a partnership to present leading short-form content was formed with Audience Awards, now in its fifth year.
“Infinity Film Festival delivered seemingly non-stop, compelling presentations and demonstrations of how creators are using cutting-edge tech from Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach to completely transform the way in which stories are being shared and experienced,” said CEO and Founder, Nick Urbom. “Through IFF, Los Angeles will continue to lead the way in showcasing story advanced by technology in the years to come.”
Featured speakers during the festival included, Vicki Dobbs Beck, Executive in Charge at ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s Award-Winning immersive entertainment division, and board member for the Infinity Film Festival, Rick Champagne, NVIDIA, Ravi Velhal, Intel, Doug DeLuca, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Don Eklund, CTO, Sony Picture Entertainment, Ben Havey, VP, Technology Group, The Walt Disney Studios and Brent Weinstein, United Talent Agency. Additionally, Ridley Scott Creative Group oversaw streaming of both the IFF Tech Lab™, presented by Epic Games and Unreal Engine, as well as a live table-read of unproduced content on Facebook LIVE.
“From major media and production studios, to the leading tech companies, Beverly Hills attendees experienced an exclusive vision of the future this weekend,” added IFF Founder, Mark Lieber.
The IFF Monolith™ Awards Technology Committee announced its call-to-entry beginning December 1. The distinguished committee, chaired by Hanno Basse, CTO, 20th Century Fox Film Corp., includes committee members: Vicky Colf, CTO, Warner Bros.; Joanne Kim, VP & Head of Production/Post Production Technology, Legendary Pictures; Poppy Crum, Chief Scientist, Dolby Laboratories; and Spencer Stephens, Principle, techXmedia and former CTO at Sony Pictures Entertainment. The 2018 IFF Monolith™ Awards Winners for content include:
Immersive VR: Audience Award
Game Engine: Animated Feature
Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor
3rd World Studios
Game Engine: TV Series
Zafari Holdings, Ltd.
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire
The Boy and the Lemon
Carne y Arena
Pink Kong Studios
The Third Floor
Subverse: Episodes 1 & 2
The Browsing Effect
Narrative – Short
Complete IFF Overview can be found on their site: InfinityFilmFestival.com
Live Streamed festival videos can be found on: Facebook.com/InfinityFilmFestival
Swarovski Unveils New Daniel Libeskind Designed Star for Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
The new Swarovski Star for the Rockefeller Center® Christmas Tree, designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, has been revealed in New York City. The Star was presented during a morning ceremony in Rockefeller Plaza, hosted by Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, and Daniel Libeskind.
During the event, the Star was raised to the top of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, where it will first be lit during the official tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 28.
Swarovski Star by Daniel Libeskind
The new Swarovski Star is the first redesign of the famed crystal tree-topper since the inaugural Swarovski Star was unveiled in 2004, when the company first partnered with Rockefeller Center co-owner Tishman Speyer to present the Star.
Libeskind’s Star is a brilliant showcase of Swarovski’s 120-year heritage of turning light into delight. The 900-pound star is 9-foot 4-inches in diameter and features 70 spikes covered in 3 million Swarovski crystals, harnessing the company’s innovative crystal technology and mastery of the refraction of light in a dazzling, three-dimensional structure. The dramatic architectural lines push through space, bursting with dynamism in a radiant reflection of Libeskind’s design vision.
Star Boutique and Holiday Ornaments
Later this month, Swarovski will debut the Star Boutique on Rockefeller Plaza, also designed by Daniel Libeskind. The 200-square foot shop is crystalline and star-like in form, with a faceted construction created from glass panels and video screens. Visitors can purchase jewelry, ornaments and gifts from Swarovski and Atelier Swarovski, including a new range designed by Daniel Libeskind for Atelier Swarovski Home.
An exact replica of the Swarovski Star, also created with 3 million Swarovski crystals, will be on display at ground level next to the Star Boutique, enabling visitors to explore its design close-up.
Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: “We are honored to work with one of the world’s greatest creative talents, Daniel Libeskind, on his thrilling new design for the Swarovski Star atop the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Each holiday season the Star brings joy to New Yorkers and visitors from around the world, and will shine as a beacon of hope for many years to come.”
Daniel Libeskind, Principal Design Architect of Studio Libeskind, commented: “The new Swarovski Star for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is inspired by the beauty of starlight – something that radiates meaning and mystery into the world. The Star is a symbol that represents our greatest ambitions for hope, unity and peace. I am tremendously honored to collaborate with Swarovski on the Star, and with the entire design team, to bring cutting-edge innovation and design to crystal technology.”
A previous Swarovski collaborator, Libeskind is renowned for his design of cultural spaces and monuments, including the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Denver Art Museum and the master plan for the reconstruction of New York’s World Trade Center site. In 2016, Libeskind created a crystal and marble chess set for Atelier Swarovski, with pieces inspired by his cutting-edge architectural designs.
Projects such as the Swarovski Star honor Swarovski’s heritage of collaboration and innovation, partnering with visionary design talent to push the boundaries of crystal creativity and craftsmanship, with the aim to create a more sparkling world.
Recognized globally as a symbol of hope, community and holiday cheer, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree brings together New Yorkers and visitors in a celebration of the holidays. The tradition of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree dates back to 1931.
Tony Hawk, Agency Execs, And Cultural Insiders Join Forces To Launch D/CAL, A Potent Brand Agency Alternative
D/CAL is the Melding of Agency Outsiders with Just Enough Insiders to Help Brands Thrive at the Intersection of Culture and Commerce
Tony Hawk announces today the launch of D/CAL, a hybrid brand consultancy and creative agency, with Co-Founders Adam Wilson (Carhartt, McGarryBowen), Jared Prindle (Tony Hawk Inc., 900 Films), and Ryan Maconochie (Arc, Leo Burnett, Trisect). With a diverse team of agency execs, brand marketers, cultural entrepreneurs, and a growing network of creators, D/CAL is uniquely qualified to help solve an equally diverse spectrum of business problems. “As the next generation continues to favor meaningful brands, the ones that can reconcile cultural relevance with commercial success will endure,” said Wilson. “We’re here to help make that happen.” The company, with offices in Detroit and San Diego, offers a full suite of brand consultancy and agency services, but branches outside of industry norms by involving strategic and creative minds from outside the agency world, starting with D/CAL’s Co-Founder, Tony Hawk.
“I’ve worked with many brands and their agencies over the years and even as a relative outsider looking in, I understand the challenges between clients and agencies. Our approach is unique, with an emphasis on authenticity,” added Hawk.
To help brands of all shapes and sizes not just navigate, but thrive at the intersection of culture and commerce, the firm sets itself apart with four integrated components:
Adding more emphasis on helping clients triangulate the problem, the firm has developed an expedited “consultancy mode,” delivering a range of actionable, insight-driven strategies which include: purpose-driven brand planning, product/service innovation, “brand as publisher” consultation, and optimization of their client’s in-house capabilities. “Let’s help clients figure out how to unlock belief in their brand. Then figure out what shape our agency services need to take to help activate it,” explained Wilson. “It’s a subtle, yet big differentiator.”
Cultural Advisory Board (CAB)
Keeping the firm and clients closer to the ebbs and flows of subcultures, D/CAL created “The CAB,” a diverse, independent group from key categories that collectively influence culture at-large. CAB Directors Rick Williams (Burn Rubber) and Cathy Goodman (Skateistan, Tony Hawk Foundation) oversee the eclectic group that includes Atiba Jefferson (HipHop, Skate, Pro Sports Photographer), Paul Blair (DJ White Shadow, Producer for Lady Gaga), Joe Gall (Adventure Photographer), Jessica Murnane (One Part Plant), and Jon Gray (Ghetto Gastro). “They’re an extension of our consultancy. A trove of street-level, here and now insights,” said Wilson. CAB allows the company to “plug-in” to cultural verticals ranging from music, design, food, gaming, and of course, action sports. “It’s safe to say we have a solid panel of Action Sports experts,” added Hawk. The firm’s core team works with CAB to leverage their own networks to help D/CAL build its ever-growing Creator Network.
In agency “mode,” D/CAL turbocharges creative development with a re-imagined briefing process designed specifically for collaboration with next-generation creators who, by and large, have never seen a marketing brief. “We mine for conceptual raw material that can be polished into authentic work,” says Maconochie. This unfiltered thinking from raw creative talent allows a smaller team of more seasoned agency creatives to explore more creative territory in a shorter period of time. “Influencers aren’t just for buying audiences – with some rigor, they can have meaningful influence on upstream thinking,” said Wilson.
Remaining hyper-adaptive to client’s executional needs, D/CAL partners with an impressive (and growing) roster of Specialized Partners. From an in-house partnership with Hawk’s production company 900 Films (www.900films.com), to a preferred partnership with the world-class app development shop, Detroit Labs (www.detroitlabs.com), D/CAL believes they deliver on what many clients are yearning for—focus and flexibility. “We can build a full-service offering, or complement a brand’s in-house agency without putting the burden of scale squarely on our clients,” added Katherine Huber, Director of Client Services. “Clients and agencies don’t want to feel boxed in anymore.”
Current clients include: Michigan-based DROUGHT (https://droughtjuice.com/) and HoMedics(https://www.homedics.com/), San Diego-based Tony Hawk Foundation(www.tonyhawkfoundation.org), and Chicago-based CityBase (https://thecitybase.com/).
Information about D/CAL and its founders may be found at www.DCALagency.com.
VVS Laxman, Kushboo Sundar and Swara Bhaskar Speak up About Social Media at India’s Biggest Social Media Summit
Social Media Summit happened a day before the grandeur event of Social Media Awards took place. On 9th of Nov, the summit had an overall delegation of 1000+ attendees with over 250+ social media influencers, 60 C-level Executives, 500+ Special Invitees, Teams from leading corporate in India, over 50+ Startup teams, students and social media awards nominees. The event was organised by VIRBI Media on behalf of AP Tourism. Social Media Summit celebrates the vibrancy and the diversity of the high impact content creators and celebrities and brings them together to have conversations around it about making it a more vibrant ecosystem.
The dignitaries present at Inauguration: Mr. Kollu Ravindra Hon. Minister for Skill Development and Youth Sports, Mr.Himanshu Shukla IAS – CEO of AP Tourism Govt. of AP, Mr. VVS Laxman – Cricketer. The dignitaries then activated the robot – MITRA, which in turn, announced the opening of the summit.
Converastions of the summit was intensified when eminent personalitis shared their views about sports, politics, trending hashtag movements on social media like #metoo.
VVS Laxman, Cricketer, in conversation with Siddharth Marupeddi, spoke about how social media is amplifying the sports fervor. When asked, “Why do you think millennials are into more of virtual gaming these days?” He said, “Well that’s there but getting on to the roads and playing is another level of experience”. He also mentioned that Virender Sehwag is his personal favourite because of his quirky social media presence.
Swara Bhaskar, Actor spoke about usage of ‘Social Media for Social Impact Movements’. When asked, “What if #metoo becomes just another social media tag from the film industry?” Swara commented, “See, harassment at workplace happens in every field and not just the industry. So let’s educate people that this is harassment and you have to open up. Let them know that there’s a way to raise their voice. Make sure a genuine problem is getting light on it.” She also mentioned that if she has to start a hashtag today, it would be #notohate as so much hatred is spewn over the social media platforms each day.
Kushboo Sundar Actor and Politician, spoke about ‘Social Media for Politics’ and how it can influence elections. When asked about the ‘Impact of Fake News on the elections and youth’ she said, “Fake News is a serious issue and herself were a target to it once when she got carried away with an article she saw on twitter.” She also comments, “Governments and people collectively have to work towards eradicating and not spreading fake news. Asked about – any social media strategy for elections? Kushboo says “we’ll be honest, give us a chance We’ll come with helplines and solve problems around all sectors.”
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