I have come down from my very first virtual reality experience and it was amazing! Black Public Media (BPM) held a VR mixer last Tuesday and I volunteered to assist in the screening room. We used the Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR headsets.
The Oculus, released a few months ago, is a standalone (un-tethered) headset and remote control that doesn’t require use of a connected smartphone. The VR content is downloadable directly from the headset. Current retail price is ~$200.
These past few months have been very disorganized for me. Between work, life, and all else in between, I’ve been out of balance. Some good has come in the interim, however:
APRIL: I attended a panel on “Authenticity, Sensitivity, Voice & Appropriation in Writing” hosted by the Austin Film Festival (AFF) and the Writer’s Guild of America East (WGAE). It was so enlightening! See my favorite tweet of that experience here.
It’s been a while since I posted (more on that later), but I will be volunteering at a VR (virtual reality) mixer hosted by Black Public Media on Tuesday, July 17th between 5:30 and 8:30 pm at WeWork Harlem in NYC.
If you’ve never experienced VR before, the mixer provides 20-minute viewing slots using the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Go headsets on a first-come, first-served basis. It costs $10 to attend (but only $5 if you purchase tickets in advance). I really hope to see you there!
I came across this article on Twitter and really enjoyed it. It was a nice break from the work I was supposed to be doing. 😊
A few of the movies I’ve already seen (Shutter Island, Cast Away), a couple I’d heard about (Carrie, Chinatown), and others I’ve since put on my watch-list (The Terminator, Funny People).
In fact, I just finished watching the original Terminator for the first time – and the accompanying Cinemasins for added fun!
WARNING: spoilers included. (Duh). But that’s the whole point of the article. It includes trailers and a small summary on where each one goes wrong. It’s amazing how many of them so readily gave away all their major plot points and even the final reveal! A special shame-on-you for Cast Away and The Double. Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think.
I just want to make sure you are all aware of the insanely-awesome subscription service that is Moviepass. Here’s what you need to know:
For $9.95/month (check the website for promotional prices) you can see one 2D movie, per day, in theaters.
That’s right – any 2D theatrical movie, regardless of release date.
Moviepass is accepted in over 90% of US theaters.
Once subscribed, Moviepass will send you a debit card in the mail to use for purchasing tickets.
To find a movie, download the Moviepass app, find your theater (you must use GPS and be within range of the theater), and “check in” to the movie you want to see.
Use the debit card at the register or any kiosk to purchase your tickets. (Moviepass will transfer funds to the card after you check in).
Watch your movie and do it again the next day!
I’ve had Moviepass since October and its been such a money saver. The app is notoriously bad (it has since been updated), but is worth the headache to essentially watch movies on the big screen for free.