Dustin Stephan

Dustin Stephan


Miracle Workshop

Miracle workshop is a partnership between Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center and Give Kids The World, a nonprofit resort located in central Florida that provides children with life threatening illnesses and their families week long vacations at no expense to them. GGKTW tasked our team of six to take an existing puppet, "Tom Foolery," and retrofit him to become an audio-animatronic figure that will perform in experiences such as story time.

My role is Creative Director & Producer. I am in charge of the creative content, overall vision and production process of the project.

The Gallery

The Gallery is a room scale Virtual Reality experience developed for the HTC Vive.

Part of a project for the Building Virtual Worlds class at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center: our team of 5 spent two weeks rapid prototyping and iterating on the concept of naive guests interacting with famous works of art. We wanted the experience to differ between which painting and art style the guest is immersed in, allowing the guest to participate in a range of interactions. This created a more compelling and diverse experience, but we had to work to avoid causing the guest too much confusion by developing interactions that built on top of each other so they can finish the puzzles successfully to achieve a sense of accomplishment.

Our "world" or project was awarded the opportunity to showcase our experience at the ETC festival. This gave us the opportunity to spend another week polishing our experience while setting up a themed space to represent the physical gallery.

Experience overview;

The guest enters a themed art gallery space with various paintings on the wall. The major paintings in the space are Birth of Venus and Face of Mae West.

Blind Shadows

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Blur the Line

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The 13th Age

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Peter Pan & Captain Hook

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