Professor of Practice
University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
Immersive Environment Innovation in VR
Eric Hanson is CEO of Blueplanet VR and a faculty member at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. With a background in design, architecture, photography, and feature film visual effects, Eric currently creates volumetric VR content for the Oculus Quest spanning landscape, natural history, and cultural heritage. His VFX work can be seen in “The Day After Tomorrow”, “Cast Away”, “Fantasia 2000”, and “The Fifth Element”, among others. Recent work has led to collaborations with The Dunhuang Foundation, Frontline/ PBS, Björk, Ai Weiwei, and the Onward Project. At USC he leads curriculum in Cinematic VR and Visual Effects, but mostly wishes he could sleep more.
This talk will survey leading-edge techniques, case studies, and opportunities for digital location scanning, including cultural heritage, documentary, and scientific visualization. A live walkthrough of Blueplanet VR and the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang China will illustrate the compelling nature of what current immersive technology offers.