creative team

  Yehuda Duenyas    Creator, Experience Artist   Yehuda Duenyas is an Experience Artist, and founder of the Emmy Award-winning Mindride, an experiential design collective specializing in next-generation entertainment and technology. He has created experiences and productions for Google/YouTube, Walt Disney Imagineering, MGM/UA, the Ad Council, R/GA, Droga 5, Mullen/Lowe, Logan & Sons, Alpine Labs, Audi, JetBlue, Weight Watchers, LA Tourism, and Dixie among others. He consults on new forms of interactive experiential design for art, entertainment, and advertising industries.   More ....

Yehuda Duenyas

Creator, Experience Artist

Yehuda Duenyas is an Experience Artist, and founder of the Emmy Award-winning Mindride, an experiential design collective specializing in next-generation entertainment and technology. He has created experiences and productions for Google/YouTube, Walt Disney Imagineering, MGM/UA, the Ad Council, R/GA, Droga 5, Mullen/Lowe, Logan & Sons, Alpine Labs, Audi, JetBlue, Weight Watchers, LA Tourism, and Dixie among others. He consults on new forms of interactive experiential design for art, entertainment, and advertising industries.

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  Kristen Vallow    Production Designer   Kristen   is one of the most daring, influential, and multidisciplinary production designers working in film, print, live shows, and advertising. Her iconic work with David LaChapelle created an aesthetic which has influenced a whole generation of photographers and directors. Kristen designed Elton John’s Red Piano show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and recently designed the much anticipated thriller for director McG and Warner Brothers.   More...

Kristen Vallow

Production Designer

Kristen is one of the most daring, influential, and multidisciplinary production designers working in film, print, live shows, and advertising. Her iconic work with David LaChapelle created an aesthetic which has influenced a whole generation of photographers and directors. Kristen designed Elton John’s Red Piano show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and recently designed the much anticipated thriller for director McG and Warner Brothers.

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  Chris Romero    Lead Developer   Chris Romero is COO of the new social VR platform, HolojamVR, led by Academy Award winning computer scientist Ken Perlin. In VR he developed code and UX for Flock, a HolojamVR experience that premiered at the Festival of Storytelling 2016; a demo for the CEO of Ikea; a model of an airport for a phobia reduction game; and is now lead developer on CVRTAIN. Christopher led the technical production teams at Nickelodeon Online (nick.com), Worldwide Biggies (Princess Bride Game, American Girl Virtual Word)...   More ...

Chris Romero

Lead Developer

Chris Romero is COO of the new social VR platform, HolojamVR, led by Academy Award winning computer scientist Ken Perlin. In VR he developed code and UX for Flock, a HolojamVR experience that premiered at the Festival of Storytelling 2016; a demo for the CEO of Ikea; a model of an airport for a phobia reduction game; and is now lead developer on CVRTAIN. Christopher led the technical production teams at Nickelodeon Online (nick.com), Worldwide Biggies (Princess Bride Game, American Girl Virtual Word)...

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  Jody Elff    Sound Artist   Jody is a Grammy Award-winning sound artist, and lead engineer to YoYo Ma and the Silk Road ensemble. He has had the pleasure of traveling around the world and engineering for diverse artists such as Lou Reed, Hall & Oats, Jay-Z, The Roots, Laurie Anderson, Rod Stewart, Ethel, Tan Dun, Diana Krall, The New York Voices, Paul Winter, Hothouse Flowers, and the Bang On A Can All Stars among many others.   More....

Jody Elff

Sound Artist

Jody is a Grammy Award-winning sound artist, and lead engineer to YoYo Ma and the Silk Road ensemble. He has had the pleasure of traveling around the world and engineering for diverse artists such as Lou Reed, Hall & Oats, Jay-Z, The Roots, Laurie Anderson, Rod Stewart, Ethel, Tan Dun, Diana Krall, The New York Voices, Paul Winter, Hothouse Flowers, and the Bang On A Can All Stars among many others.

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  Owen Bell    Game Designer   Owen is a coder and digital artist working with games and virtual reality. His interests lie in the creative potential of human-computer interaction and collaboration, as well as the possibilities for theatrical performance in virtual reality. Over the last year, he has been developing the game Mendel, which explores using genetics to create surreal, procedural flora and is the first student game to receive funding from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation. He holds an MFA in Game Design from NYU’s Game Center.

Owen Bell

Game Designer

Owen is a coder and digital artist working with games and virtual reality. His interests lie in the creative potential of human-computer interaction and collaboration, as well as the possibilities for theatrical performance in virtual reality. Over the last year, he has been developing the game Mendel, which explores using genetics to create surreal, procedural flora and is the first student game to receive funding from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation. He holds an MFA in Game Design from NYU’s Game Center.

  David Lobser    3D Artist   David is an internationally recognized, award-winning animation director. He uses algorithmic, procedural generation techniques to create lush virtual worlds. He is interested in pushing computer animated effects into the realm of the intricate, messy and imperfect in order to articulate complex feelings and sensations. He has an extensive background in commercial animation and visual effects, has taught animation at Harvard University, and is presently the senior artist in residence at NYU's Media Research Lab.

David Lobser

3D Artist

David is an internationally recognized, award-winning animation director. He uses algorithmic, procedural generation techniques to create lush virtual worlds. He is interested in pushing computer animated effects into the realm of the intricate, messy and imperfect in order to articulate complex feelings and sensations. He has an extensive background in commercial animation and visual effects, has taught animation at Harvard University, and is presently the senior artist in residence at NYU's Media Research Lab.

 
 

Nick Suda

(Technical Advisor / R&D) is an LA-based creative technologist. He has worked with Mindride since 2013, as part of the technical team behind the mechanics of Mind Control, the motion capture of Love Has No Labels, and the flying sensation of Airflow. He currently works in real-time music visualization in virtual reality for Red Pill VR. Nick is a graduate of Berklee College of Music (BM '11) and California Institute of the Arts (MFA '14) studying music technology. An obsessive musician by training, Nick's work is centered around the bespoke embodiment of digital processes, whether through hardware interfaces, virtual reality

 

Ben Kato

(VR Developer) is a Partner/Designer/Technologist at Mindride LLC. Previous projects include: The Ascent, Mind Control (TV), Love Has No Labels (Ad, Emmy Award 2016), Airflow: VR Human Flight Simulator (VR/ AWE Award 2015). Lighting Designer for National Theater of The United States of America (NYC/Obie Award). Programming & Effects Design for Full Scale Effects (LA).

Sara Pauley

(Production Coordinator) has worked extensively as a performer / creative collaborator with visual and theatrical artists and lives in Los Angeles and New York City. This is her third production coordinating events for Mindride. Most recently, she assisted on collaborations with the University of Houston and Zoukak Theater from Beirut and celebrated the west coast premiere of her choreography in Home/Sick with the Assembly at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles.  She is currently working on a YA audiobook, manages a Pilates franchise in Los Angeles and is a Tavi Noir Solemate. Her devised movement has been performed at Joe's Pub, Ars Nova, The Ice Factory, The Living Theater, The Collapsable Hole, Dixon Place & the Obie Award winning Bushwick Starr.