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How does that apply to me?  I had to ask myself that question when I was invited to the Envision gathering.  Well - other than the fact that I am full of stories amongst many other sordid things, ha!  Seriously though - where do I fit in here? After some head scratching, the reason to attend became simple, clear, and engaging.

Here we go:  Producers, designers, artists, writers, musicians, film makers, technicians, inventors, directors, choreographers, engineers, programmers, humans:  it's what we do.  We tell stories.  Every single day.  We attempt to tell our stories, or are enlisted to help someone else tell theirs.  But basically (insert dramatic pause) that's our passion, our drive, our fire.

I sit in my office every day, and struggle with my part of the process, and we all know what a struggle that can sometimes be.  Sometimes ideas flow like water - sometimes that same water turns to ice.

Take the chance and step out of your frozen tundra to see how these outside the box STORYTELLERS get it on.

Look at the list of speakers, and what they/we/everyone is scheduled to discuss:

I'll wait while you click through.  I know, the internet is slow today.  It's cool.  Take your time. 


You're back?  That wasn't so bad now was it?  I didn't think so either.


When you look at the participants’ lists of credits it's fu*#kin' drool-worthy right?  I still shake my head in disbelief that I was even included.  Thus, I say show up, and be included.

Honestly-you can sit slack jawed staring at your phone all day hoping to be the first person to see some new breakthrough viral clip, new gadget, groundbreaking use of a new technology or - you can come to the conference and meet the folks who are actually making the things you are starving to see.

It's all about ideas. It's all about the dream of what the future might bring. It's all about how will we incorporate these amazing tools into our part of the stories we hope to tell.  Let's get together and talk about it - it's gonna be fun (in its own odd big brained, super thinky kinda way).

Collaborate, share, dish, blab, mind meld, brain drain, think tank, run your mouth, give it up, connect, exchange, network, schmooze, absorb, question, elevate, mock (you know I'm gonna), participate, use poor punctuation, stand up, sit down, fight, fight, fight!

Oh yeah-and register.

By the way - Monterey, CA. is mind blowingly beautiful.  I can't imagine a better setting.

Keep living the dream y'all.



Be part of the conversation and help enhance the visual landscape at the 2014 Envision Symposium, which will be held September 11-13, in Monterey, California. Read about this year's speakers and topics for inspiration. Submit a video or presentation that is up to - but no longer than- four minutes that illustrates your vision of the future, or how you would decode the DNA of storytelling, design, and technology.

Do you have a specific vision of the future? Wow us with what you've got, and join the "envisionary" movement with an outside the box entry. Or record your own vision of the future in a 2-4 minute video. 

Doesn't matter how you answer the questions. Just do it creatively, using a mix of media, text, voice - wherever your artistic side takes you. Chosen entries will be invited to attend the 2014 Envision Symposium for free as guests of Live Design and have their submissions displayed at the event.

Submit your video or project via a file-sharing method, such as Dropbox or YouSendIt, by July 31 to, and you could win a free pass to this year's most talked about conference. 


ENVISION 2014 explores the DNA of Storytelling, Design, and Technology to discuss what's next in the creation, production, design, and direction of theatre, concerts, theme parks, gaming, digital environments, and more. It's a high-octane symposium that brings together the best and brightest innovators and practitioners in live entertainment, film, and media to discuss what’s happening now and to share their views on what’s next.

Designers, writers, artists, technicians, engineers, programmers, manufacturers, distributors, visionaries, and inventors will contribute to the discussion, as we bring together a unique set of practicing visionaries to unlock the code.

This year's event will be held September 11-13 in Monterey, CA, with Bran Ferren and Bob Bonniol serving as co-creative consultants. Speakers include writer Neal Stephenson, producer Peter Guber, writer/performer Sandra Tsing Loh, designers Butch Allen, Chris Barreca, and Alex McDowell, and many more. What transpires over these three days may very well impact the future of storytelling for live events. 

Check out Envision creative consultant Bran Ferren's 2014 TED Talk: "To Create For The Ages, Let's Combine Art And Engineering".

Award winning production designer, film producer, and 2014 Envisionary Alex McDowell shares insights into the process of building entire film worlds from dreams, stories, and a single image.

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