All Workshop Leaders



FOST SUMMIT

B.E.A.T. Featuring Kaila Mullady and Y?
Let loose, get creative, and have some fun while learning the basics of beatboxing, writing, rhyming, and performing.
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Lorraine Bardeen & Carrine Fisher
General Manager / Executive Producer, HoloLens / Actiongram
In this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to be introduced to mixed-reality storytelling via HoloLens’s Actiongram experience, which offers a gallery of characters, props, and more!
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Brock Davis
Artist & CCO, space150
This participatory workshop will explore how to break through creative ruts and create opportunities for new frontiers in the familiar.
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Frederik Duerinck
Filmmaker, Artist & Designer, Famous Deaths
In this workshop, Frederik Duerinck and Marcel van Brakel will teach you how to incorporate smell and touch to create embodied narratives.
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Tracy Fullerton
Game Designer, Professor & Director, USC Games Program
Dive into the design of game mechanics that create meaningful narrative play.
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Sophie Hebdidge
Product Developer, Decoded
Using open-source bot technologies, you'll build your own chat bot that represents a persona of your choosing, then interact with it and those of the rest of the group.
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Brown Johnson
EVP & Creative Director, Sesame Workshop
In this workshop, you'll work in small teams to create your own mini Sesame Street episode, learning what really goes into creating the iconic series.
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Ian Jones-Quartey
Creator, Cartoon Network's OK K.O.!
Experience the collaborative process used by the Cartoon Network for creating new characters and stories, and walk out with a new perspective on co-authorship and the creation of new worlds.
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Christian Lachel, Matthew Solari & Brad Shelton
BRC Imagination Arts
Learn how to create an engaging, immersive experience that is crafted and assembled through a powerful story and theme.
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Benjamin Lehmann
Supervising Producer, Sesame Street
In this workshop, Real Sesame Street puppeteers will walk you through all aspects of creating a TV puppetry performance, from the acting itself to the sometimes-surprising technical requirements involved.
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Margaret McLaughlin & Cameron Ewing
The Factory at Facebook
Join us as we discuss the production of our narrative VR film, Here and Now; set in New York’s Grand Central Station, it utilizes a single take to follow a variety of characters as they go about their day.
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Zach Morris, Tom Pearson & Jennine Willett
Third Rail Projects
This hands-on workshop will provide an overview of the concepts, methods, and perspectives that Third Rail Projects employs in creating its immersive/experiential theater works, which include Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise.
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Eli Pariser
Cofounder & Co-CEO, Upworthy
This session will focus on creating emotional, provocative stories that inspire your audience to care—and share.
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Bjarke Pedersen & Johanna Koljonen
Creative Director / Founding Partner, Odyssé
LARP is an emerging art form in which you can explore any world, embody any character, and tell complex stories in any genre.
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Kyle Ruddick
Filmmaker & Experience Designer
Get a crash course on the latest affordable sensors and input devices.
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Randy Scott Slavin
Founder, NYC Drone Film Festival
In this workshop, you'll not only fly drones but also shoot video with them and learn the fundamentals of aerial cinematography and aerial camera movement.
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Resh Sidhu
Creative Director, VR, Framestore
In this engaging and inspiring workshop, Resh Sidu will arm you with the knowledge and tools to harness the power of virtual reality.
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Louise Story
Executive Producer, LIve-Stream Programming, The New York Times
The session will include a workshop challenge in which you’ll work in small groups to create and share your own livestreams.
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Bradley Theodore
Artist
You’ll be led through a creative, collaborative art exercise using Tilt Brush, and Bradley will discuss how the fundamentals of his approach to fine art translate to this new medium.
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Charlie Todd
Founder, Improv Everywhere
This workshop will introduce you to the basics of long-form improv comedy with an emphasis on acting on ideas quickly.
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John Underkoffler
CEO, Oblong Industries
John Underkoffler is Founder and CEO of Oblong Industries, developer of the gspeak Spatial Operating Environment and the Mezzanine system for immersive visual collaboration across the enterprise.
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Lance Weiler
Storyteller, Entrepreneur, & Thought Leader
This workshop will introduce you to creative ways to harness the Internet of Things to let stories spill from screens, into the real world, and back.
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FOST SUMMIT 2015

Joel Beckerman
Founder & Lead Composer, Man Made Music
In this interactive three-part workshop, you’ll unlock the secrets of one of the most powerful storytelling tools we have: sound and music.
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Jordan Bower
Digital Storyteller
In this interactive workshop, you’ll start down the digital storyteller’s journey. Through experiential exercises, you’ll explore the intimate connection between you, your audience, and the stories that you tell.
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James Braly
Writer, Performer, Author, & Teacher
This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn how to transform his or her life experiences into engaging true stories—because tragedy plus time can be very funny, and the ability to hold an audience’s attention can be very useful in any field.
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Jessica Brillhart & Saschka Unseld
Principal VR Filmmaker, Cofounder, Google Jump, Oculus Story Studio
Jessica Brillhart is the principal VR filmmaker for Google Jump. Saschka Unseld is a German-born director and writer who cofounded the Academy Award–nominated animation studio Soi, where he directed and produced numerous award-winning shorts and commercials before joining Pixar Animation Studios in 2008.
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Bobette Buster
Story Consultant, Screenwriter & Lecturer
How do great storytellers connect with their listeners? What do you think your audience wants to hear?
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Blue Delliquanti
Comics Artist & Illustrator
This participatory workshop will explore how comics can be as visually rich as film, while allowing readers to control pacing and bring their own imagination into the action.
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Jonathan Heit
President, Partner, North America Allison+Partners
While you may know the story you want to tell and how you want to tell it, the WSIGAS Workshop will help you understand why people should care about your story.
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Maira Kalman
Author and Illustrator
Much of the time I am walking. Small journeys. The goal is to have an empty brain, to look at things and absorb them. From this comes great peace of mind, followed by a flood of ideas and memories.
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David Landa & Dianna Kane
CEO, Senior Designer, FreeAssociation, Medic Mobile
In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to leverage stories as a tool to design solutions to real-life critical situations.
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Pages Matam
Artist and Poet
This interactive workshop will explore the steps necessary toward creating spoken word, from writing to editing to reciting, delving deeper into the ingredients that are essential to “baking” the perfect piece.
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Daniel Milnor & Eileen Gittins
Photographer at Large & CEO, Blurb inc.
In this workshop, you’ll take part in a creative exercise that explores what happens when the same content is considered by multiple groups.
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David Nadelberg
Writer, Producer, & Creator, Mortified
Approach storytelling from a fresh perspective as Mortified founder David Nadelberg reveals the secret system behind his fourteen-year-old, international storytelling project’s success—and how that unique process can benefit anyone who crafts narratives.
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Susan O'Connor
Writer, Speaker, and Consultant
In this hands-on workshop, you’ll use board games and scene work to understand how the player tells his or her own story—and how it cancels out your story every time.
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Todd Oldham
Designer, President, Todd Oldham Studio
Come let your inner artist out and turn cheap into chic.
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Laura Poitras & Nick Fortugno
Filmmaker, Journalist, Artist & Director, Academy Award-winning Citizenfour, Cofounder, Playmatics
This workshop will explore different strategies to combat surveillance, using tools ranging from technical solutions and storytelling to game play and countersurveillance.
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Frank Rose & Paul Woolmington
Author, Cofounder, The Art of Immersion, Naked Communications Americas
In this exercise, Frank Rose and Paul Woolmington will show how storytelling can work for brands and challenge you to put your skills to work on a real-world example.
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Randy Scott Slavin
Director, Photographer, and Aerial Cinematographer
In this workshop, you’ll not only fly drones, but also shoot video with them and learn the fundamentals of aerial cinematography and aerial camera movement.
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Amadeus Stevenson & Jeffrey Lancaster
CTO, Decoded
Working in teams, you’ll get hands-on building an Internet of Things device where a physical action will trigger a digital output.
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Marco Tempest
Cyber Illusionist
Marco Tempest is a cyber illusionist, combining magic and technology to produce astonishing illusions.
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Ross Tipograph
Creator, 8players
In this one-of-a-kind immersive experience, you’ll take part in a theatrical performance tailored just for you and the Snug Harbor surroundings.
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Mike Woods
Founder and CCO, White Rabbit VR
In this workshop, you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t in this immersive new storytelling format.
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Dustin Yellin
Artist & Founder, Pioneer Works
Dustin Yellin is an artist and founder of Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation, a social sculpture and nonprofit institute for art and innovation in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
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