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Ollie Rankin

CEO / Creative Director at Pansensory Interactive Incorporated

Los Angeles, United States

Ollie Rankin is a NZ-born virtual reality pioneer who spent two decades working at the forefront of the global visual effects industry, from the Lord of the Rings to Alice Through the Looking Glass. He combines this history of creative achievement with a background in computer programming and AI to develop new narrative conventions for immersive, interactive media. He is the founder and CEO of Vancouver-based immersive content production company, Pansensory Interactive as well as an activist for diversity, fairness and sustainability. In his spare time Ollie is a musician, comedian and adventurer.

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Los Angeles, USA
Speaking Topics: Virtual Reality, Diversity, Sustainability

Ollie RankinPoints
Academic0
Author7
Influencer3
Speaker26
Entrepreneur0
Total36

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Theatre: Global
Media Experience: 10 years
Last Media Interview: 11/15/2019

Areas of Expertise

AI
AR/VR 35.25
Climate Change
Culture 31.66
Emerging Technology 32.83
Future of Work
HR 30.49
Innovation 31.25
Sustainability
Leadership 30.07
Entrepreneurship 30.09
Startups 30.17
Management
Diversity and Inclusion 32.58

Industry Experience

High Tech & Electronics
Media

Publications

7 Article/Blogs
FROM VFX TO VR: OLLIE RANKIN’S DOWNLOADED
VFX Voice
October 22, 2019
Ollie Rankin is interviewed by Ian Failes about his interactive VR film, Downloaded, and the use of visual effects techniques to create this unique hybrid of live action and real time CGI

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Tags: AR/VR, Emerging Technology, Innovation

Downloaded showcases Vancouver's burgeoning VR film potential
Vancouver Sun
August 26, 2018
A report outlining the ground-breaking interactive narrative work of Ollie Rankin, VR creator

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Tags: AR/VR, Emerging Technology, Innovation

Transcending the Screen: Why Virtual Reality Depends on Volumetric Video
LinkedIn
April 02, 2018
An in-depth look at the latest approaches to representing humans in virtual reality

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Tags: AR/VR, Emerging Technology, Innovation

Double Negative VFX Supervisor Shifts Focus to VR
Animation Xpress
July 12, 2016
Short article about Ollie Rankin joining VR tech startup, Uncorporeal Systems

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Tags: AR/VR, Entrepreneurship, Startups

VR and the Future of Storytelling
LinkedIn
January 04, 2016
An essay outlining the promise of VR as a storytelling medium

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Tags: AR/VR, Emerging Technology, Innovation

White House Down: Method Studios Wreaks CG Havoc
Creative Cow
February 19, 2014
Ollie Rankin is interviewed by Debra Kaufman about his work on Roland Emmerich's White House Down that was nominated for a Visual Effects Society Award

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership

G.I. JOE – RETALIATION: OLLIE RANKIN – VFX SUPERVISOR
Art of VFX
April 12, 2013
Ollie Rankin is interviewed by Vincent Frei about his work on Jon M. Chu's G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership

4 Keynotes
The Future is for eVRyone!
FSO (Film Spring Open, Krakow, Poland)
October 23, 2019
VR is the convergence of film, theatre and video games. Expertise from all three disciplines is informing the invention of a new language of storytelling.

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Tags: AR/VR, Culture, Emerging Technology

The Future is for eVRyone!
GIC (Game Industry Conference, Poznan, Poland)
October 18, 2019
VR is the convergence of film, theatre and video games. Expertise from all three disciplines is informing the invention of a new language of storytelling.

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Tags: AR/VR, Culture, Emerging Technology

Why Straight White Men Must Champion Diversity
Spark Animation Festival
February 10, 2019
Ollie Rankin shares his thoughts on the power of luck, the value of diversity and why the lucky need to elevate the diverse.

"If we agree that diversity is a good thing, then those of us who've made it into positions of leadership through a combination of luck and hard work, owe it to those less lucky than ourselves, to give them the opportunity to make it, too"

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Tags: Culture, HR, Diversity and Inclusion

The Couch Potato Awakes
BIL Conference
February 21, 2016
A talk about interactive storytelling in virtual reality

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Tags: AR/VR, Emerging Technology, Innovation

6 Panels
On the Intersection Of Performing Arts and Immersive Technology
VR Days
November 14, 2019
Discussing the crossover between virtual reality storytelling and theatre with specific reference to the recent creative works of the members of the panel

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Tags: AR/VR, Emerging Technology, Culture

Creating Empathy Between Genders
VR Days
November 14, 2019
Exploring the use of the female voice in immersive experiences in order to bridge the gender divide

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Tags: AR/VR, Emerging Technology, Culture

Philosopher's Salon
VR Days
November 14, 2019
Should things that are illegal in the real world be illegal in VR? Ollie Rankin leads a discussion about the ethics of allowing people to indulge virtually in illegal vices

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Tags: Culture, Emerging Technology

BC Showcase
VIFF Immersed
September 28, 2019
XR Content created and coming out of British Columbia and onto the world stage is making an impact and contributing to the province’s reputation for award-winning XR. We’ll talk with BC creators whose content is on exhibition at VIFF Immersed.

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Tags: AR/VR, Emerging Technology, Innovation

Diversity & Inclusion Panel
Spark FX
February 10, 2019
Speakers from film, games and tech will talk openly about their experiences working in traditionally male-dominated fields.

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Tags: Culture, HR, Diversity and Inclusion

VR Now
Vancouver Web Fest
April 21, 2018
We will be discussing the changing world of VR and where we are situated in this moment in time. Featuring a distinct panel representing different parts of North America, " VR Now" takes VR out of the future and focuses in on what is occurring right now, what it means, and how to get involved.

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Tags: AR/VR, Emerging Technology, Innovation

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