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Future News -Initial WWDC and E3 Report, Lots of Space News, including UAE/NASA Mars alliance, Fires in Space. Update from Director Brett Leonard on latest projects including Virtual Reality Open Source Metaverse

Listen Now to Future News 6.14.2016

This week we are on the road to LA, with many events on the agenda, including VR at E3.  Most fun so far was a big party sponsorted by Upload VR at the old stock exchange building in LA, replete with demos from over a dozen companies creating Virtual Reality Content. It was quite crowded and it paid to be there early.  We were.. Also, lots of space news this week, from discovering new planets so close to the their suns that they are losing their atmosphere to the United Arab Emirates teaming up with NASA for Space Exploration.  We also found the remote watery graveyard for space junki on earth to be quite fascinating. 

Film Director and media pioneer Brett Leonard gives us an update on his media projects, including a 360 video project in the royal palace of Denmark, and the latest in open source VR.

Very exciting and we look forward to sharing it all with you!

giant planet PTFO8-8695b, which is believed to orbit a star in the constellation Orion every 11 hours. Gravity from the young star appears to be pulling away the outer layers of the Jupiter-like planet.


Interview/Discussion with Brett & Shannon Leonard, father/son filmmakers

Listen Now to Brett and Shannon Leonard

Join us as we explore the future of filmmaking and media as delve into virtual reality movies and ‘story worlders’ with the father/son team that is pioneering this realm of human creativity.  Unlike most shows, we even spend some time looking at politics and how well the candidates use social media for their campaigns.  Our conversation on Trump spawned some controversy with our audience.  Brett and Shannon also give us their review of the latest Star Wars film (no spoilers), thoughts on future money, like cryptocurrency, and new forms of democracy involving algorhythmic decision-making.   Enjoy!!

Filmmakers Brett and Shannon Leonard



Future News - Maker Faire 2015, AOL/Verizon merger, Ceres Mystery Lights update, Autonomous Car Accidents, an in-game Death Sentence for Hacker, Armed Forces Operation Jade Helm, with special guest mediamakers Shannon and Brett Leonard

Listen Now to Future News 5.12.2015

Lots of juicy Future News this week, and to help us with commentary we have mediamakers Brett Leonard in the studio!  We look at the implications of the AOL/Verizon merger, the latest on the strange lights from dwarf planet Ceres, the interesting world of autonomous cars and the latest reported accidents from Google, the new amazing Occulus VR head gear and how media interpenetrates our experience of reality, death in Cyberspace, and the very curious massive US domestic military operation, Jade Helm, coming this summer.. Enjoy the show!

U.S. Military Operation Jade Helm


Future News and special guests Brett and Shannon Leonard on The Future of Filmmaking

A new revolution in filmmaking is currently underway.  In the 90’s we saw the beginning of the transition from analog to digital technologies in all walks of life.  With cinematic storytelling, we went from editing film by cutting strips of celluloid to moving images around on the screen (non-linear editing).  We also saw the beginnings of interactive storyteling, with the introduction of CD-ROMs, the internet, and to a limited extent, virtual reality. However, it was Brett Leonard who did portray the potential of VR in the feature film The Lawnmower Man, in 1992. Now, much of what was SciFi back then is reality now, and Brett is planning to show us what’s next in a new film in development, the working title, “The Lawnmower Man - Reborn.”
The latest high def VR headsets, eye tracking technologies, high speed internet, powerful apps and realtime computer graphics animation open up whole new vistas for today’s storytellers, and Brett’s 20 year old Shannon is playing in this world.  Besides mastering the tools of this new media world (i.e. Adobe’s online production suite), Shannon has released an iPhone app based on the sensibities of the millennial generation - 10 Word News, important stories of the day via headlines of ten words. 
In this show, Brett and Shannon with The Futures will help introduce you to this brave new world of story and news telling, and the gatherings in Santa Cruz and the Bay area that helped spawn all of this..
We also have their perspectives on our Future News segment in the first hour!