• THE SPARK OF LIFE: An Explorative Conversational Series with JERRY REES

Start Date July 08, 2021 11:00 AM

End Date August 19, 2021 12:30 PM

Bi-Weekly, Thursdays


Phone 1 818 859 0269

A Bi-Weekly Explorative Conversational Series
Thursdays, 11 am - 12:30 pm PDT Los Angeles
“We will not win the next technology race with better technology. We will win the next technology race with better philosophy.”
– Jerry Rees
Open to 2D, 3D, AI, VR, Robotics and Stop Motion Animators,
Story Artists, Visual Storytellers, and Illustrators.
Open to all students and professionals. 

JERRY REES is an American film director, animator, and writer, best known to many as the writer and director of the Emmy-nominated animated film The Brave Little Toaster (1987), as well as the creator of many of the visual effects for the cult classic Tron (1982). Also skilled in AI, AR, and robotics for themed entertainment projects, Jerry Rees has directed a record-setting 21 attractions for Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney Studios Paris, Disneyland Hong Kong, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disney Cruise Line as well.  He is the winner of 4 THEA awards for Walt Disney Animation.

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THE SPARK OF LIFE:  Eccentricity isn’t Odd – It’s LIFE!
July 8, 2021, 11 am - 12:30 pm PDT
If you don’t believe me, just look in the mirror. Or better yet, look in mine! I’ll share observations from the creative trenches where characters and emerging technologies dance. Then we will go total Q&A. If you’re in the mood, come ready to turn on your camera and mic. If you’d rather be an unkempt pajama-wearing voyeur, that’s fine too. After all, eccentricity isn’t odd – it’s life!
THE SPARK OF LIFE: Immersive Emotions
August 5, 2021, 11 am - 12:30 pm PDT
Lessons from M.I.T., from Dubai, from Willy, from Madame Mediocre and her tarantula assistant Fernando.

Connecting with characters and with each other is about to become much more immediate, powerful and global. Authoring and presenting in this new space with empathy, honesty and ethics is key – but not a given. Unethical authors will have access to the same powerful tools.

THE SPARK OF LIFE: Don’t Escape Reality, EXPAND Reality!
August 19, 2021, 11 am - 12:30 pm PDT
I’ll relate a short story in which Reality, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality become Blended Reality to bring a family together. I’ll talk Blended Reality as Real Estate Expander, along with AI Characters who can travel from a physical state to a virtual state and back again during one continuous experience. I’ll talk Escape Rooms that need you there physically, and need your friends there virtually in order for you all to succeed. This is Reality+.


RULES:  Please note that it is prohibited to record, photograph, screenshot or distribute talks and demo's of this Online Session on any other platform. Please be respectful to the artist and the other participants in this stream.
NOTE: Please register at least 30 min early, as it takes the system 15-20 minutes to send the registration Zoom link. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee you will be accepted into the session on time.