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About the Author

For over 20 years, Stephanie Riggs has been constantly reading, evaluating, and dreaming traditional and immersive content. This book is a culmination of research, productions, development, and experiences contributing to this constantly evolving landscape. She began creating interactive virtual worlds in the mid-90s and went on to direct the New York Times Critic's Pick documentary feature “The Standbys" and produce the award-winning feature thriller “Banshee Chapter” with Zachary Quinto, which pushed the boundaries of stereoscopic 3D filmmaking. As a Disney Imagineer, Stephanie Riggs was part of the production team that brought to life Hong Kong Disneyland's theatrical shows. 

With the recent advent of consumer-viable VR technology, her disparate loves of technology and entertainment are back in harmony. In 2015, she released Banshee Chapter: Oculus Rift Edition, the first feature film ever released on the Oculus Rift. The following year, she was invited to film Barack Obama's historic speech in Nairobi, Kenya in 360, making him the first US President recorded in virtual reality. Her recent immersive projects include the documentary Kanju (Tribeca Film Festival, 2016), Monet in Giverny (Stereopsia, 2017), Angst: the Panic Attack for IndieFlixVR (2017), and Holojam in Wonderland with Ken Perlin’s Future Realities Lab at NYU (Future of Storytelling, 2017). She has collaborated with companies such as GoogleVR, InceptionVR, JauntVR, and Total Cinema 360. 

She is passionate about sharing information on immersive content, and has spoken around the world at conferences such as SIGGRAPH, Tribeca Film Festival, IEEE, Digital Media Summit, World Immersion Forum, Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival, and the Immersive Design Summit on the future of narrative, immersive experiences, and technology. Intent on increasing diversity in the immersive entertainment space, she has been mentor of Facebook/Oculus’ VR For Good initiative, organizer of AR/VR Academy in NYC, and co-organizer of New York Women in VR.

Stephanie has degrees in Directing (Drama) and Human-Computer Interaction (Computer Science) from Carnegie Mellon University, and was invited to be in the inaugural class of the CMU’s Masters of Entertainment Technology program. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar, and lead a very exciting group of graduate and undergraduate students in the Blended Reality research group at Yale University.

 

Stephanie is currently the Creative Director of Experiential at Refinery29.

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