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Tyler Hurd

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A long time 3D Animator and Tech Artist from San Francisco, Tyler Hurd is currently creating fun animated VR things. After working 9 years at the award winning video game studio Double Fine Productions and a few years freelancing in the advertising world in NYC, Tyler combined his knowledge of game engines and pipelines with non-interactive animation to enter the VR world with his short film BUTTS in 2014, widely recognized as the first animated short film in VR. After seeing his little characters come alive in VR, he was hooked.

From there Tyler started on his solo animation project Old Friend, a room-scale VR music video to the song by Future Islands & presented by Wevr, that puts you as a wiggly puppet into an overwhelmingly joyful psychedelic dance party. Tyler’s next piece Chocolate, another room-scale VR music video to the song by Giraffage & presented by Viacom NEXT, features you as a robot in a glimmering chrome world, launching cute lil’ kitties out of your transforming hands to a tribe of people in slow motion, another ridiculously joyful music experience. His works have won awards and been featured at countless festivals, notably premiering at Tribeca and Sundance New Frontier.