Drew Struzan Virtual Gallery and Studio Grand Opening Friday, March 23rd in Sansar!

Drew Struzan is an American artist known for his more than 150 movie posters, which include all the films in the Indiana JonesBack to the Future, and Star Wars film series. You’ve certainly seen his work before if you’ve ever stepped foot into a movie theatre!

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Indiana Jones movie poster art by Drew Sturzan

If you’re a fan of his artwork, you’re in luck! On Friday, March 23rd, 2018 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Pacific Time/Sansar Time, there will be a grand opening of a virtual exhibition of Drew’s work:

The Hollywood Art Museum proudly presents a carefully curated exhibit of legendary artist Drew Struzan’s movie posters and much more.

First, join Drew and effects specialist Greg Aronowitz as they take you on a walk through Drew’s contributions to cinematic history.

Then, Kevin (from Insight Digital) and Jason (Head of Sansar Studios) will share an exclusive walkthrough of never-before-seen private studio, 3D-scanned into Sansar – and how they did it!

Afterwards, our launch party continues as we hang out and explore these spaces at our own pace, discussing all the cool art within.

The link above will be updated with a URL to take you into the exhibit, just before opening time.

If you’re in the U.S. and have Amazon Prime, you can watch a recent documentary made about Drew Sturzan and his work, titled Drew: The Man Behind the Poster:


New Virtual World: Community Garden

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An example apartment in Community Garden

I just heard about this new virtual world this morning, called Community Garden. It’s built on top of the SpatialOS game engine. Here’s a YouTube video giving you a first look:

Unlike virtual worlds like High Fidelity, Sansar, and Sinespace, Community Garden is one large contiguous world, without sharding or fragmenting. The developer, Pixelshot Games, says:

For those who have been supporting what Community Garden is trying to do, I thank you. This game is the product of many years of hard work by a single developer attempting to push the boundaries of what’s possible virtual reality with [a] platform not built for VR. My goals for Community Garden are grand; create a world much like the OASIS from Ready Player One where players can be a part of something big. SpatialOS takes a lot of the backend server work out of the equation, but there is still a lot of work required to realize this dream.

This virtual world is not free; you have to pay US$19.99 to join it as an Early Access game on Steam. I’m curious to see what it has to offer, so I might just sign up and try it out!

Sansar Pick of the Day: The Farm

Small and simple can be beautiful. There’s no better example than The Farm, a Sansar experience created by Warm Winter Arts. It’s probably the smallest experience you can visit in Sansar, but it’s beautifully and painstakingly done. Just a dirt road in the middle of a rock-strewn farmer’s field, all overgrown with grass.

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There’s a computer set up at the side of the road on an old beaten wooden table, connected to a battery and a solar panel, with a cheeky sign saying, “Free WiFi $20/hr.” Somebody left their teddy bear, too!

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Vanity Fair is wearing a piece of clothing I made last month for my brand, Ryan Schultz Virtual Fashion: the Summer Flower Dress. It’s available in the Store for only S$5!

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Sinespace Launches Virtual Reality Beta

Sinespace has launched their virtual reality beta. As I wrote about earlier, the last time I tried out their VR client using my Oculus Rift, it was still too buggy for me. But maybe you’ll have better luck. If you do, please let me know.

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You can download their OpenVR viewer for Windows here.