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Lotus Mountain Notes

Lotus Mountain is about a robot and the man who broke her heart. The 360 VR short film written by Stephen Black and co-directed by Leo Wei and Stephen Black, is currently in postproduction.

Lotus Mountain features Alps Bethneck, who can be seen in the 360VR film Beach Road, as well as The Changi Murals, a short film directed by Boo Jun Feng.

The other stars of the film is the dynamic city of Shenzhen, the Silicon Valley of China.

Chinese city landmarks

Shenzhen Civic Center at night.


This page will be updated often in the next two weeks.

The list of people we wish to thank is long, but for the moment, the producers would like to especially thank Stuart Rankin and the Dundercats/Six Cat Studios, Kandao 360 cameras, John Batten, Simon Carr, Ikram Choudhury, D Cafe, Angelo Costadimas/Bao Bao Films and the amazing teachers, administrators and students of the Multimedia & Entertainment Technology (MSc) Department of HK PolyU, especially Gino Yu, Dr. Ludovic Krundel and Giovanni Lion.

Last but definitely not least, Lotus Mountain features the talents of bassist/composer/teacher Rei Shimizu and Scobot, the VR artist whose World One VR artwork has been attracting attention worldwide.

scobot WORLD ONE SIFF2018 360 from scobot on Vimeo.

Rei Shimizu's bass playing featured here...

Lotus Mountain

Latest info about Lotus Mountain here.

Based on Leng Mo, a story from Alphabet Spikes by bestselling author Stephen Black.

LOTUS MOUNTAIN

a Weiblack Machine Production

A 360VR FILM

NOW IN PRODUCTION/POSTPRODUCTION

SET IN HONG KONG & CHINA’S SILICON VALLEY

REUNITED, FIVE YEARS AFTER HE BROKE HER HEART.

SHE’S A ROBOT. HE’S THE MAN WHO MADE HER.

Directed by LEO WEI and STEPHEN BLACK (Shenzhen Satellite TV, Beach Road, CNN, Fox, Cartoon Network, game development)

Featuring ALPS BETHNECK

Lead Actor: Changi Murals (director: Boo Jun Feng; his Apprentice film premiered@Cannes 2016)

Beach Road (VR festivals: Singapore, Brisbane & Las Vegas)

Original soundtrack by REI SHIMIZU

Japanese Bassist/Composer for CM/movies(toured HK with Sadato)

with Music by

3how

Since You’ve been Gone

The Riverwalk Session Album
(featuring Amith Narayan(compoer/producer + music for a Tony-nominated play) and award winning vocalist Wilson Goh.)

Audio 360 sound mixing by Giovanni Lion

VR Art by SCOBOT (World One: Seattle International Film Festival 2018 Official Selection)

Producers: Leo Wei and Stephen Black

blacksteps.tv@gmail.com

www.blacksteps.tv

the art of wall clouding

你好深圳:
我希望与想要推广或复制Bubiko;对我的书籍或AR软件感兴趣的个人和公司会面。
谢谢!

斯蒂芬布莱克

Hello Shenzhen.

I hope to meet individual or companies that would like to bundle or copy Bubiko or my books or AR software.

THANK YOU,

Stephen Black

wechat: BubikoFoodtour

Bubiko on Instagram

Bubiko Scrapbook

My books.

From my AR presentations at HK Poly.

Collection of VR posts

24 hours in Shenzhen (360 VR): A Project by Leo Wei and Stephen Black

Suggestions for locations and story ideas are welcome. Interesting locations at interesting times, interesting people, interesting tech; we will consider anything.


24 hours in Shenzhen (360 VR):
A project by Leo Wei and Stephen Black

Shenzhen, the Silicon Valley of China, will be documented for a 24 hour period on August 18th, in a co-production by Leo Wei (cinematographer) and Stephen Black(screenwriter).The starting points for the production are Wei's experiences as a Shenzhen resident and Black's international background as a writer, artist and producer. The two will co-direct.

Leo Wei: "VR is a fresh and powerful way to share the various feelings and experiences I have had while living in Shenzhen. It will be interesting to see what happens during the 24 hours. Shenzhen is always changing."

Stephen Black: "The last time I visited Shenzhen was in 1997, when I lived in Hong Kong. Since that time, Shenzhen has grown tremendously, as everyone knows. I would like to portray not only the high tech, entrepreneurial side of Shenzhen, but also the way it may symbolize China's unseen past and future."

Leo Wei demonstrating the Qoocam at the 2018 Maker Faire at Hong Kong Polytechnic.


Stephen Black holding a Qoocam 360VR camera at the 2018 Maker Faire at HK PolyU.


AR, VR and Every R in between. An installation at the 2018 Maker's Faire at Hong Kong PolyU.

Wei and Black's first VR experience together was at the 2018 Maker's Faire at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Leo Wei's film and television experiences have been with Shenzhen Satellite TV, where he has been involved with productions that involved stars like Zheng Khai, Guo Caijie and Ru Changhu. He is currently the product manager at Kandao, a manufacturer of VR cameras.

Stephen Black's career has bridged television production, art and writing. He has worked for CNN, Cartoon Network, Fuji TV and Fox. His photographs and videos have been shown worldwide, including Beach Road, a 360VR film which was featured in festivals in Las Vegas, Brisbane and Singapore.He recently gave a number of presentations about AR at Hong Kong PolyU. He has written a number of books, including i ate tiong bahru, a Singaporean bestseller.

Stairway to VR


From the AR, VR and Every R in Between event, part of the 2018 Maker Faire at Hong Kong Polytechnic This was a test by Stephen Black using the Kandao QooCam.

I wanted to experiment with the camera on the top of my head; will edit the awkward beginning and end later.

I will write about this in ALPHABET SPIKES.

Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong 2018: Photos by Stephen Black

To learn more about character goods for the Bubiko Foodtour AR project, we visited Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong.

If you have a question, please ask in the comments section. I went because of Bubiko, because of Alphabet Spikes and because I wanted to see what was happening with AR and VR.

Stephen Black’s VR-related posts Part 2

A partial compilation of my VR-related posts. This is mainly for my personal reference. Later I will create a "greatest hits of VR blog posts" and of course the best parts of these will find their way into the book I am writing about 360VR.

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Beach Road Press Release on blacksteps.tv

Beach Road Press release on LinkedIn

Jumpcut Workshop/Discovery Channel/Nicholas Reed

The potential of VR as a collage medium

AR/VR startup in Singapore: reasons why

http://www.blacksteps.tv/stephen-black-start-up/

http://www.blacksteps.tv/steves-vr-startup/

VC questions applied to a book and a VR startup

Self-portrait as a game

The Baby Steps of Bubiko Foodtour

Haptics: Giving the Finger to VR (Part 2)

With Bubiko Foodtour at the I Love Penang Festival in KL

Cone: Engadget Experience public document

Stelarc: the sound of three hands clapping (#3 in the Haptics series)

Hatsune Miku virtual character cafe experience

Haptics: Bubiko, Lei Cha and Data Science (Finger, Hand and Arm Movements)

Haptics: Bubiko, Lei Cha and Data Science (Ingredients)

A (VR/AR/Haptics+)-based book proposal for agents-like-Lauren-Appleton

Bubiko Foodtour Update: August 23, 2017

SB AR Startup GTM Foundation-building (a bit of crossover with VR)

EMU: Notes on a Promotional Tour for an AR Startup (again the ideas here work for VR as well)

Notes on a Million Dollar Budget for an AR Startup

Notes on AR Startup Business Model

Alphabet Spikes Z-T (notes from June 2018, Hong Kong)

Kandao Obsidian Publicity!

AR, VR and Every R in Between

AR, VR and Every R in Between (July 7, 2018)

AR, VR and Every R in Between (July 8, 2018)

Alphabet Spikes P-S (notes from July 2018, Hong Kong)

Stephen Black’s VR-related posts Part 1 /

Stephen Black’s VR-related posts Part 1

A partial compilation of my VR-related posts. This is mainly for my personal reference. Later I will create a "greatest hits of VR blog posts" and of course the best parts of these will find their way into the book I am writing about 360VR.

SPOKEN

SPOKEN Eugene Soh/Stephen Black open notebook

Angelic Visions (this, at one point, was to be the title for a book on cinematography)

Towards a New Cinematography (same book idea, a different title)

Towards a New Cinematography (notes)... yet another name, for the same book idea, though this title signifies a more philosophical approach.

Beach Road short film (360 video)

Wall Clouding preproduction notes. Beach Road was called Wall Clouding in preproduction.

Virtual Reality for Beginners/Simple Chart/Designer Project (a bit naiive)

Stephen Black exhibition at Mettle Works Art Space

Norm Black: Before Probably the first exhibition of VR art in Singapore.

Norm Black VR exhibition notes

The Cinematography Book/Notes and a Reviewer (again the book has a different title!)

The Cinematography Book/Notes and Eugene Soh

The 2016 Sudden 360 Festival (360 Videos on Youtube)

everything (one of those unusual little projects I sometimes do)

Secret Donut World: a deck of 52 playing words

A brief introduction to Michael Naimark, media art guru

Virtual Reality for Artists Workshop/Michael Naimark/Objectifs

A typical conversation (perhaps) about VR, circa 2015

AR, VR and Every R in Between

Hello...

Saturday was an absolute blast... and it seems like the best way to "schedule" things for today (Sunday) is to just listen to you(whenever you show up), and then see who is the most appropriate person for you to speak to! SO stop by the Dome and play around with AR, VR , music and the Dome itself. Ask me or Ludovic about anything and we will be happy to share what we know and put you in touch with others who can share as well.

Here is what we are about:

The Dome!

神奇的圓屋頂

Located on the 4th floor of Innovation Tower, The Dome features a 360 degree sound system, hand-made speakers and a light show. The Dome is a place of art, technology and communication. Welcome!

剩余字数:
圓屋頂位於創新大廈4樓,擁有360度音響系統、手工製作的音響和燈光秀。它是一個藝術、科技與交流場所!歡迎您的到來!

AR, VR and every R in between!

增強現實,虛擬現實與混合現實!

Experience interactive art, attend short lectures, listen to the blues and spend as much time as you like on computers loaded with a variety of AR & VR software. Coders,"noncoders" and those interested in digital entertainment are welcome. On the fourth floor of Innovation Tower.

體驗互動娛樂,參加講座,聆聽藍調音樂並且並盡情在電腦上體驗各種不同擴增實境和虛擬實境的軟件。無論您是否會編程,只要您對數碼娛樂感興趣,我們都歡迎您的到來!

Stephen Black: AR and VR in 2018, from a maker’s perspective

從製作者的角度看2018的增強現實與虛擬現實

Examples and discussions about AR and VR creation softwares, some of which attendees can experiment with in class and on their own. Plus Beach Road, his VR film and a surprise or two!

在這裡,參加者可以認識并討論製作增強現實和虛擬現實的軟件,更有機會可以親自動手製作一個你自己的作品!

Provide a short profile of presenter...
Ex-Cartoon Network, CNN, Fuji TV. Next: a book about AR/entrepreneurship/the food of SE Asia. Then Bubiko Foodtour and Secret Donut World!

之前就任于卡通網絡、CNN、富士電視臺,緊接著成為增強現實/企業家精神/東南亞視頻書籍的作家,最後探索Bubikon美食之旅和秘密甜甜圈世界!

food in Ipoh

Bubiko Foodtour is AR's first superstar.


http://www.deltabluesaudio.com/

Tony Tam: Talking About Speakers, Playing the Blues

Tony Tam makes distinctive, award-winning audio speakers. His company is called Delta Blues Audio.) His speakers are featured in The Dome. This is a rare opportunity to share Tony's knowledge and love for sound, music and the blues.

Biofeedback: Before and After Music

Before listening to music, the participant has a bio-rhythmic record created. Then, after listening to calming music, another record is created. The before and after results are then analyzed.

參加者將被邀請聆聽令人平靜的音樂,同時將被記錄前後兩次生物節奏。我們將帶領您分析這兩項數據!

AR/VR: Artworks and Noteworthy Projects: Curated by Stephen Black

虛擬現實與增強現實:藝術品和令人矚目的作品

On Vive headsets and mobile phone viewing devices. Films and projects by the United Nations, National Public Radio, Stephen Black, Poly U students, Eugene Soh and more. Featuring Storyhive, a new method of VR presentation by Hiverlab.

佩戴Vive頭盔和手機觀影設備;由聯合國、國家公共廣播電台、Stephen Black、香港理工大學學生以及Eugene Soh 等製作的電影和項目。Hiverlab將提供一種新的以Storyhive為特色的虛擬現實的展現形式!

Thanks to Giovanni Lion, for technical support. Gio's on this team: 3dsnd.

Kandao Obsidian Publicity!

Life is exciting sometimes: opportunities suddenly appear: opportunities that can vanish unless we act decisively.

Yesterday, Viki Yuan from Kandao sent me an email outlining the great features on the Obsidian 360 camera, "a beast of quality and speed".

A few months ago, on Facebook, I e-met Laura Lieu from Kandou.

The following is from an an email I sent to Laura a few hours ago. It is Friday night. One week from now, everything must be secured for a successful VR workshop. I hope this great opportunity does not become lost.

Following are excerpts from my email to Laura:

Hello...

This email is about our small world and a huge opportunity for Kandao.

Next weekend is the Maker Faire at HK PolyU.

With Dr. Ludovic Krundel and his team of students, we are doing a two day AR/VR event.

This would be an excellent showcase for the Obsidian. The number of people who can be reached via the internet could be 100,000.
Maker Faire predicts 40,000 attendees over the two days.
Of course, we are documenting everything: live broadcasts, social media posts and making documentation for reference and promotion purposes.

Kandao would be promoted at a top university, at an international event, with a huge reach. At no cost.

Plus, for several months, Dr. Krundel has been communicating with Jack Tan about using KanDao products at PolyU.

Showcasing the Obsidian next week will be a great opportunity.

We are also premiering Hiverlab's Storylab (full approval and support) and showcasing Styly.

It would be great to have KanDao on board for this dynamic and popular event. Again, no charges... just bring your camera(s)!

Thank you VRy much for your help in trying to make this happen!

Stephen Black

PS I am now contacting media of all kinds. Additionally, I have been in communication with the Hong Kong Virtual Reality Network, who have been interested and supportive.

PSS FWIW, Beach Road, my 360 VR video has been featured at festivals in Las Vegas, Singapore and Brisbane.