Sansar Top 5: Linden Lab’s monthly video look at Sansar

Sansar: Anu by AnuAmun, one of the destinations in the January edition of Sansar’s Top 5

Sansar Top 5 is a new monthly live stream event put together by the Lab to help highlight experiences within Sansar the Lab feel are worthy of note. The first episode took place on December 21st, 2017 – which I completely missed – and the second is due to be streamed via the Lab’s Sansar YouTube channel from 5:00pm PST (SLT) on Thursday, January 4th.

There is already a weekly Sansar-focused live stream event, hosted by Strawberry Singh and Draxtor Despres, which can be seen on their respectively YouTube channels – here for Berry, and here for Drax, which include an archive of past travels as well). Currently, the Lab’s events don’t appear to be archived.

Sam Distaso, Manager, Strategic Business Development and a Sansar’s Top 5 co-host

Sansar Top 5 is hosted by Boden Linden, a member of Sansar’s Product Team, and Sam Linden, otherwise known as Sam Distaso, who joined the Lab in September 2017 from AltspaceVR, where he worked as the Virtual Reality Business Manager. His function at the Lab is that of Manager, Strategic Business Development for Sansar.

If I’m honest, I find Sam’s role somewhat more interesting than the live stream event, as it seems to point towards the Lab following through on their aim of directly engaging with businesses and organisations that have a use for VR, and who may wish to leverage Sansar, something I hope to follow-up on at some point in the near future. Sam is also no stranger to VR media events and shows, having co-hosted the VR Sports Show for AltspaceVR and is also known as TheGuyInVR with IG.

For the Thursday, January 4th Sansar Top 5, Boden and Sam will be visiting Alex Bader’s Skye Naturae Virtualis, which you can also read about here; AnuAmun’s Anu, which you can read about here; M2D Magic Night, by Mario2 Helstein; Pantone’s Psychedelic Phenomenon; and Honeybadger Inn, by David Hall.

Sansar users are invited to join Boden and Sam on their journey, with the initial meet-up taking place at Skye Naturae Virtualis. Those who cannot make it into Sansar, or are curious about seeing Sansar and don’t have an account, can follow the live stream via the Sansar YouTube channel, as noted above.

Skye Naturae Virtualis by Alex Bader, launch point for the January edition of Sansar’s Top 5

 

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Sansar: join the HWAM virtual launch party

Hollywood Art Museum. Credit: Linden Lab

I recently blogged about the opening of the Hollywood Art Museum (HWAM) virtual experience in Sansar, which will take place on Saturday, December 9th, 2017, between 7:00pm and 10:00pm PST.

The Hollywood Art Museum is a joint endeavour between Sansar Studios and renowned director, designer, writer, producer, and practical effects professional, Greg Aronowitz. Mr. Aronowitz – whose credits such as Jurassic Park: Lost World, X-Files, Saving Private Ryan, Contact, Terminator 2, and Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – is an avid collector who has amassed an incredible collection of Hollywood production art, from storyboards to costume sketches, concept drawings, models, and more.

Greg Aronowitz

The aim is to provide an environment where digital reproductions of items from Mr. Aronowitz’s collection – spanning a period from Citizen Kane to Transformers: The last Knight offer visitors a unique and intimate view of the creative processes involved in some of the world’s most beloved films. Through this, HWAM hopes to encourage artists in the digital medium to find fresh inspiration in the traditional arts of Hollywood’s past, through the preservation and education of art used in entertainment.

For it’s opening – and as an unofficial means of marking the upcoming US opening of the latest film in the Star Wars franchise – Star Wars The Last Jedi – HWAM will be featuring a special exhibition of production pieces from the franchise films.  Also taking place at the same time will be a physical world pop-up gallery exhibition of pieces, hosted by Mr Aronowitz at one of Los Angeles’s oldest art supply stores, ad which itself has ties to the Star Wars franchise.

During the event, attendees will be able to step into Sansar and visit the Hollywood Art Museum – and Linden Lab has now extended an invitation for Sansar users to join the launch party, whether in VR or via Sansar’s Desktop mode, with Community manage Jenn writing:

Join us in VR or on your PC for the grand opening of the Hollywood Art Museum’s first exhibition: a unique collection of Star Wars production pieces. The exhibit includes the very first drawings made for the film franchise and never-before-seen production art from the original trilogy by Lucasfilm alum Joe Johnston, Ralph McQuarrie, Phil Tippett, Drew Struzan, Colin Cantwell, and more. Museum curator Greg Aronowitz, will join the opening party to introduce the Star Wars collection, and attendees will have an opportunity to virtually meet him in the exhibition.

Sansar users wishing to join the event are asked to register their interest by reserving a free ticket via Eventbrite, which will be used to inform them of the HWAM’s Sansar Atlas URL ahead of the the event opening.

Hollywood Art Museum to open In Sansar with Star Wars event

Hollywood Art Museum. Credit: Linden Lab

The next instalment of the Star Wars film franchise opens in the United States on Friday, December 15th, 2017, in the form of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. However, on Saturday, December 9th, 2017, Star Wars fans will be able to enjoy a special Star Wars related treat in Sansar, when the virtual Hollywood Art Museum (HWAM) opens its doors to the public.

A joint endeavour between Sansar Studios and renowned director, designer, writer, producer, and practical effects professional, Greg Aronowitz, the Hollywood Art Museum is dedicated to the preservation and education of art used in entertainment.

Mr. Aronowitz – whose credits such as Jurassic Park: Lost World, X-Files, Saving Private Ryan, Contact, Terminator 2, and Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – is an avid collector who has amassed an incredible collection of Hollywood production art, from storyboards to costume sketches, concept drawings, models, and more.

Greg Aronowitz

These pieces provide an intimate view into the creative process behind some of the world’s most beloved films, spanning a period from Citizen Kane to Transformers: The last Knight, and present a unique visual history of production art in Hollywood. Until now, his collection has been inaccessible to the general public – that changes with the launch of the Hollywood Art Museum.

The museum’s goal is to help new artists using digital mediums find fresh inspiration in the traditional arts of Hollywood’s past. Exhibits at HWAM will feature high-resolution images of the original drawings and paintings, as well as 3D models of production used sculptures, make-ups, miniatures, and tools.

To mark both the opening of the Museum, and in recognition of the upcoming new film in the Star Wars franchise, Mr Aronowitz will be hosting a private pop-up gallery on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at one of Los Angeles’s oldest art supply stores. This location also happens to be where George Lucas’s visual effects company, Industrial Light And Magic, acquired many of the supplies used to create visual props and other elements used in the original Star Wars films.

The event will feature original physical art from the franchise, including the very first drawings made for the film franchise and never-before-seen production art from the first trilogy by Lucasfilm alumni Joe Johnston, Ralph McQuarrie, Phil Tippett, Drew Struzan, Colin Cantwell, and more.

In addition, there will be VR stations where attendees at this live event can visit the museum’s presence in Sansar. Then, during the week commencing Monday, December 11th, 2017, Greg Aronowitz will provide daily guided tours of the gallery, and there will be special surprise guests dropping in.

Sansar users will also be able to visit HWAM in Sansar from Saturday, December 9th, and join in with the celebrations, as well as being able to visit the museum any time thereafter.

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