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.

Atop the Beijing Ancient Observatory

Visit on Google Maps Street View


The Beijing Ancient Observatory, on the UNESCO Tentative List, is located on the top of a fort-like building at Jianguo Gate. It is one of the oldest observatories in the world. It used to be a part of the city wall once surrounding Beijing.

Although there were no telescopes at this observatory, there were many sophisticated instruments for taking astronomical measurements, introduced in the 17th century from Western Europe.