It’s coming! The Los Angeles Animation Festival is coming!

Hello hello!

I just signed up to help out the good folks that produce the Los Angeles Animation Festival, LA’s only International Animation Festival running since 2007.  The festival is happening from November 30th through December 2 and for more information or to get tickets, click here!

In addition to telling you how awesome this event is, I want to share this 360 video about the making of Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” that can be experienced in 2D or 3D (anaglyph). It represents my aspirations of where I want to go creatively and professionally: the confluence of animation, technology, and storytelling. If you have a VR headset, by all means, watch this video with it — however, a headset is not required.

“Isle of Dogs” will be screening at the Los Angeles Animation Festival on December 2, 2018 @ 1:30pm followed by a discussion with the production designer Paul Harrod, formerly of Laika Studio. Tickets available here:

Hope to see you at the festival!

Tanja Barnes Joins IVRPA’s Board of Directors!

I am thrilled to announce my appointment to Director of Social Media at the International Virtual Reality Professionals Association. I became a member of the organization five years ago and have volunteered at several of IVRPA’s yearly conferences.

Most recently I helped out at IVRPA 2018 in Tokyo which featured four days of talks, workshops, panels, exhibitors and various events. While in Tokyo, I played a key role in stage managing the event’s presentations by calling cues, introducing the speakers, and timing the talks.

It’s exciting to be at the confluence of technology, art, and communications and I’m honored to be part of the IVRPA Board of Directors.

Image by Little Planet

Founded in 1998 the International Virtual Reality Professionals Association (IVRPA) is an international association of professionals who create and produce 360° interactive, immersive images and video. The IVRPA is a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation under the 501(c)(3) section of the Internal Revenue Code. More information at

Let’s get social! Follow IVRPA on the following platforms:






Check out Mitchell Caverns in 360

Visit Mitchell Caverns on Google Maps

Hidden in a remote stretch of the Mojave Desert east of Barstow, Mitchell Caverns are the only limestone caves in the California State Park system. After being closed for nearly seven years due to major infrastructure upgrades, Mitchell Caverns reopened in November 2017.

I went this past weekend and it was amazing! There were spectacular and intricate limestone formations including stalagmites, stalactites, helictites, lily pads, draperies, curtains and cave coral.

Life Pro Tip: Reservations are required so don’t just show up and expect to get a tour. They’re limited to Friday through Sunday, 2x’s each day with only 15 people each. Also, no tripods are permitted to protect these fragile formations so the Ricoh Theta was the perfect solution.

Virtual Tour of the “Pink House” by @TheMostFamousArtist


“The impact of my art can only be measured by the discussion it stimulates,” so says Matty Mo aka “The Most Famous Artist.”

Queue Mo’s latest work that’s come to be known as the “Pink House”, an advertisement-cum-art installation in Los Angeles that utilizes a construction development site as a temporary canvas. It’s comprised of three single-family homes slated for demolition that has been painted a screaming shade of Pepto-Bismol pink.

“2001: A Space Odyssey” at the 14th Factory

Put on your Google Cardboard and check out the iconic bedroom from Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”.  Artist Simon Birch and architect Paul Kember collaborated to recreate the set as part of an installation entitled ‘The Barmecide Feast’ at the 14th Factory, a new art space in Los Angeles. This exhibit runs indefinitely based on demand so hurry! Keir Dullea, gone tomorrow!

Last Night’s Proto Awards in Hollywood

Shane Nilsson, Coal Car Studio
Shane Nilsson – Proto Award Winner for “Fruit Golf”

Hellooooo, e’erbody. It’s been awhile, I know.  Let’s catch up!

Since my last post, I’ve been working on a project for Amazon Studios that has recently wrapped. It’s been wonderful, but unfortunately, there’s been no time for working on my panoramas. Now that my job is finished, I have a backlog of VR images to process and upload. Wait for it.  They’ll be coming soon!

See Inside the Precious Moments Chapel in Virtual Reality

Visit the Precious Moments Chapel on Google Street View

The Precious Moments Chapel, fondly dubbed “America’s Sistine Chapel” by many, was created by Sam Butcher, the artist, and creator of the Precious Moments religious giftware company. The entire complex features artworks that depict stories from the Bible.