Founder / CEO
Thomas Wallner is a producer, writer, and director working in film and interactive media. In addition to producing innovative cross-media properties for television, he has written and directed eight award-winning feature documentaries that have been broadcast in more than 30 countries. His last two features The Guantanamo Trap and Before the Final Curtain Falls both won the Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs.
Thomas Wallner is a rare example of a creative filmmaker who is truly at home in the interactive media world. Over the past ten years Thomas has consistently applied his award winning vision as a storyteller to push the limits of interactive narrative.
A leading figure in the creation of participatory narratives he brought the underground genre of Alternate Reality Gaming into the Television mainstream, culminating in the Emmy Award winning genre-benders Fallen and Regenesis.
In 2007 Thomas Wallner pushed the boundaries of nonlinear story telling even further by developing the story concept for Late Fragment, Canada’s first interactive feature drama produced by the National Film Board and the Canadian Film Centre.
Currently Thomas and his team at DEEP are focussing on developing the language for cinematic storytelling in VR. To meet this exciting aesthetic and technical challenge, DEEP is developing LIQUID CINEMA, a software platform and toolset that allows filmmakers, producers and broadcasters to create and distribute story based 360 and VR content across the web, mobile and VR devices.
The narrative innovations built into LIQUID CINEMA build on insights gained on numerous groundbreaking VR productions such as Polar Sea 360°, an extensive multi-platform project that includes a 360 video iOS and Android app and the world’s first long-form 360° video documentary to compliment the 10-part ARTE/TVO series for The Polar Sea.
Thomas is a recipient of numerous honours including two Emmy Awards with a total of five nominations, three Geminis, a Rose d’Or, two SXSW Interactive Awards, two Webbys and two CNMA’s.
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Head of Production
Irene Vandertop is an Interactive Producer with more than ten years of experience producing, designing, and project managing in new media, TV broadcasting, and documentary production.
At DEEP Inc Irene is heading the production of multiple high profile VR and 360 video projects. In 2014 she produced the Grimme Online awarded Polar Sea 360, a sophisticated immersive web and mobile experience centered around 360-degree video storytelling, and Songs of Freedom, an immersive website and mobile interactive songbook application featuring internationally acclaimed opera star Measha Brueggergosman.
Together with her partner Thomas Wallner, she is presently leading the production of Liquid Cinema, a 360 video platform and software product for cinematic VR content creators and online content distributors such as broadcasters.
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Head of Research and Development, 360 Cinematographer
Nicolas Jolliet has spent over twenty years traveling and hunting for pictures, sounds and stories. Whether searching for the best Oud maker in Kurdistan, following the Guerimperos of the Amazon or filming the rat eating tribes in India, Nico thrives on telling stories from the most interesting places in the world. An accomplished filmmaker, photographer, recording engineer and writer, Nico has made two feature documentaries, Harvest, and Aluku Liba, both of which were well received at international film festivals. Nicolas spent a month in Haiti following the earthquake, where he directed, shot and edited 29 mini-documentaries for TVO’s multi-platform documentary project Inside Disaster Haiti.
In the past five years Nico has specialized in aerial videography, flying his cameras in the world’s most demanding environments including Africa, the Amazon, India and Borneo on films such as Quest, BBC’s Bruce Parry’s epic exploration of the lost tribes of the world. At DEEP, Nico is drawing on his extensive audio engineering, cinematography and aerial videography expertise to develop custom VR video and audio capture systems and workflows.
Birthed in printmaking, weaned on digital media, Vincent Marcone has become his own unique creation and the dark architect behind an electronic temple that now attracts converts from all over the world. Vincent made his debut with mypetskeleton.com, a digital art slideshow of wispy phantoms, lonely scarecrows and insects trembling in a world of rust and stained paper. Sinister yet soothing, mypetskeleton was instantly recognized by some of the leading media entities in the field, and went on to garner awards from places as diverse as the Emmy’s, the Juno’s, the Flash Forward Film Festival, Muchmusic Video Awards, the MacWorld Digital Art Expo and David Bowie.com. His cross over into film happened when he was summoned by Universal Music to direct a video for the metal band, Mushroomhead. Marcone’s first short film, The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow, was co-directed with Rodrigo Gudino of Rue Morgue Magazine. The film earned a Genie nomination, finalist recognition in the Cannes Short Film Corner online competition, and amassed awards worldwide on the short film circuit. His short film “The Lady ParaNorma” is currently doing the short film festival circuit.
Creative Director, User Experience Designer
Over the past 15 years, Alex has worked across multiple media, using each channel to their strength with the intent of creating compelling and successful projects and products.
His work has largely been in the area of interactivity and game design, as well as visual and concept development, embracing the benefits of a transmedia approach. From the multi award winning Ceremony of Innocence to Beethoven’s Hair, to Time Tremors, to his work with MIT and the Royal Shakespeare Company, he believes there is much potential in exploring a property over a number of different media channels including web, mobile, TV, game, books, theatre, film and performance.
In recent years he has also turned his attention to creating applications that embrace strong social media elements and also creating and combining mobile, content management, communication, and location based experiences. Building on these interests, he co-founded Infinity Labs with Peter Gabriel in 2007, becoming co-share holder and creative director of theMemory.com and Gabble. From there, he became excited to see how creativity can be used to trigger commerce; especially in an environment where consumers are increasingly used to getting their content for free.
In this transmedia space he has built a worldwide reputation for making magical and memorable interactive experiences. He has been asked to talk and present his work at countless international conferences, festivals, companies, universities and research institutions. His work has been exhibited, taught and written about both by press and academic institutions around the world.
Visual Effects Editor
Anthony Murray is a designer specializing in visual communication for broadcast, interactive and special formats. He has worked with a wide gamut of clients from independent to corporate and relishes any challenge to develop unique visual experiences.
Anthony’s early career started in interactive design, kickstarting his passion for 3d visualization and storytelling. Shortly after gaining recognition for his work on the award winning BAFTA production ‘Lifting the Weight’, he swapped the virtual for the real world by joining award winning architectural practice, Alsop Architects. After a four year stint working on a variety of local and international projects he emigrated to Toronto, Canada.
With a wide exposure to established design fields he brings to the table over 15 years experience in various disciplines including Architecture, Branding, Animation, Illustration and CG post production. At DEEP Anthony is applying his multi-faceted expertise to VR in the realm of pre-visualisation, stitching, and visual effects.
Franz is a veteran software developer, computer graphics engineer and digital artist specialized in immersive interactive art installations and digital interfaces. He graduated from Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique with a B. Engineering in Physics in 1995. Soon after, he became director of research at the Society for Arts and Technology in Montreal, then he became a freelancer to work on interactive digital installations using AAASeed and thus starting a 10 year collaboration developing AAASeed. His work, displayed at museums, science centres and exhibition venues from Shanghai to New York, is often at the bleeding edge of digital art and innovation and research. Franz’ skills include OpenGL, Computer Vision, GLSL rendering, C/C++, OpenCL programming, OpenCV, Video Capture Programming, Directshow, Quicktime and FFMpeg streaming.
Senior Android Developer
Joshua Park is a senior Android developer, who has been coding and publishing apps for the platform ever since it came out on the market. His apps have been recognized and reviewed by CNET, Android Police, ZDNET Korea, Samsung Korea, Chosun Korean Newspaper, and many others. He has over 9 years of experience working at software development companies and codes in multiple languages including Java, C/C++, and C#.
At DEEP Joshua has have been working on cinematic VR apps for Android and Gear VR as part of the Liquid Cinema platform.
Joshua has a Bachelor of Computer Science (Co-op) degree from University of Waterloo.
Senior Web Developer
Scott Novakowski is a software developer. Scott is developing an interactive cinematic 360 video player as the web component of the Liquid Cinema platform for DEEP. Before that he was Lead Programmer and Software Designer at the University of Calgary for 6 years. During this time he developed “Zygote 3D Anatomy Atlas & Dissection Lab”, available for mobile devices on the iTunes App Store; and “ZygoteBodyU™, currently being commercialized and promoted by Zygote Media Group as the world’s leading digital wet lab for medical education.
Scott has experience with OpenGL/WebGL, and developing for the OSX and iOS platforms, as well as both client and server side web development.
Senior Technical Project Manager
Ben is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM), specializing in software development and engineering. Ben has been involved in a variety of roles and responsibilities in the industry. He is a Project, Program and Product Manager, Analyst and Engineer, and he has broad experience in both system and software development life cycle.
Ben has worked as a Software Program Manager in Software Diagnostics Engineering team at AMD and has provided software solutions to a wide range of clients, such as Microsoft, Sony, Apple, HP and Dell.
At DEEP, Ben manages a team of dedicated Android, iOS, OpenGL, C++ and web developers evolving leading edge custom software solutions for cinematic VR.
Ben has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Engineering Science with a major in Electrical Engineering from University of Toronto.
Director, Writer, Editor
David New has directed documentaries on subjects ranging from weevils to electric cars, from iguanas to Muhammad Ali. Many of his films use technology to create imaginary worlds, for example “The Man Who Saved Geometry,” a visual journey into multi-dimensional space through the eyes of the great mathematician Donald Coxeter, and “Phaeton Unfolding,” which places the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in a computer-generated paper version of the Palace of Versailles. His award-winning film “Dinner at the Edge” is a one-hour performing arts special set in a restaurant, featuring percussionists, circus artists, the Robert Desrosiers Dance Company, and a Teppanyaki chef.
His writing credits include “When the Fire Burns,” a feature length biography of composer Manuel de Falla, which won numerous awards, including the Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival and a Gold Apple at the National Educational Film Festival, and “The War Symphonies,” a portrait of Dmitri Shostakovich during the Stalin years, winner of two Gemini awards and an International Emmy.
Before becoming a director, his work as an editor included numerous performing arts films such as “September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill,” “Satie and Suzanne,” “Shadows and Light: Rodrigo at Ninety,” and “Inspired by Bach: Falling Down Stairs,” many of which have won awards that include three International Emmies, the Rose D’Argent, and the Grand Prize of the Prague Film Festival. He has won three Gemini awards and one Golden Sheaf for editing, and has been nominated for seven other Geminis.
David was one of the four directors of the “Polar Sea 360 ,” documentary TV series which exposed him to cinematic VR. At DEEP he is currently exploring the challenge of story-telling in VR with projects like The Edge of Space.
Director, Writer, Researcher
Born in Germany in 1979, Stephanie immigrated to Canada in 2003. She studied film and video art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax.
Stephanie’s work has taken her all over Canada, from Halifax over Gander, Goose Bay, Montreal, Toronto and Baffin Island to the Western Arctic. Her films and installations have been screened at multiple festivals and galleries across the world.
For years she lived in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, where she directed, shot and edited over 20 episodes for the documentary series Suaangan (Our Strength) and Uumatimnin (From The Heart) for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. While in Inuvik Stephanie also directed, shot and edited the documentary Amaamak (Mothers) following the lives of three teenage Inuit moms. The film was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2010 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival. She later co-directed and shot Watchers of the North, a documentary series about the Canadian Rangers set in the Central Arctic.
Recently, Stephanie finished her first feature documentary My Brother’s Vows with ARTE. The film is an intimate portrayal of her brother as he struggles to decide whether or not to become a Catholic missionary priest.
At DEEP Stephanie directed Polar Sea 360 in collaboration with Thomas Wallner and has worked on numerous production such as Songs of Freedom as a writer and researcher.
Business Affairs Manager
André has worked primarily as a line producer, production manager and business administrator in the television documentary genre for…well…a long time! He is now happy to add financial and business affairs management at DEEP to his work experience and to be part of the DEEP team.
He has worked with various documentary companies (Matter of Fact Media, AJE Productions, Summerhill Entertainment and White Pine Pictures, to name a few) as well as at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He is quite pleased to have collaborated on quality projects such as The Musical Brain, The Mystery of San Nicandro, Exotic Lives, Grand Illusions: The Story Of Magic, Kratts’ Creatures, Fixing My Brain, Canadian Geographic For Kids, The Greatest Canadian and Hockey: A People’s History amongst many others.