Stan Lee’s Cosmic Crusaders—An Evening with Legend VR

Gnomon School of Visual Effects has announced Stan Lee’s Cosmic Crusaders: An Evening with Legend VR, a free event hosted by Will Maurer (VP of VR and VFX at Legend 3D), Ryan Cummins (VR Supervisor) and Riley Franklin (CG Environment Artist) in Los Angeles on Thursday July 28th at 7:30PM at the Gnomon Campus.

Legend VR, the virtual reality division of Legend 3D, specializes in on-set and live-event 360-degree capture. From storyboarding and 360-degree shooting to stitching, conversion and final color/formatting for multiple devices, Legend VR is experienced at full-scale solutions for the most demanding of VR needs. On the heels of Comic-Con 2016, Will Maurer, VP of VR and VFX at Legend 3D, will describe how the Cosmic Crusaders project came into their studio and will discuss his experiences working with Stan Lee on the project. VR Supervisor, Ryan Cummins, will share technical insights into his work and detail some of the challenges involved in a VR pipeline, while Riley Franklin, CG Environment Artist and Gnomon Alumna, will reveal how she created the CG environment. The crew will also share a sneak peek at how they filmed Stan Lee at the Gnomon Stage for their Comic-Con launch campaign in June 2016.

The panel will be joined by Dane Smith, Producer and Gnomon Instructor, who will moderate an informative Q&A session with the Legend VR guests while inviting audience participation. There will also be opportunities for attendees to try the VR experience in person.

If you’re a student, hobbyist or professional interested in creating content for VR experiences, do not miss this opportunity to experience the event live at the Gnomon campus. Entry is by RSVP only, and seating is first-come-first-served. The event will also be available on Livestream for those who can’t attend in person*.

* You do not need to RSVP if you intend to watch the Livestream only.


7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Behind the Scenes of Stan Lee’s Cosmic Crusaders with Will Maurer, Ryan Cummins, and Riley Franklin
8:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Q&A moderated by Dane Smith plus Audience Questions
9:00 pm – 9:30 pm: Post-event meet and greet

Guest Speakers

Will_MaurerWilliam Maurer—VP of VR & FX, Legend 3D

Will Maurer’s 10-plus years of experience in animation, 3D conversion, VR, VFX, and development have earned him the role as Vice President of VR and VFX at Legend 3D. Will has helped to build and grow Legend 3D’s fledgling VR and VFX divisions, and has produced projects for WB, Sony, Vrse, RIOT, Annapurna Pictures, and, of course, the legendary Stan Lee.

Ryan_CummingsRyan Cummins—VR Supervisor, Legend 3D

Ryan is a visual effects artist based in Los Angeles. He currently works at Legend 3D as a VR and VFX Supervisor where he has worked on over 12 major VR projects. Credits include Patron: Art of Patrón Virtual Reality Experience, Legendary’s Beware Crimson Peak, The Recruit: R U In, Muse’s VR music video for Revolt, Hulu original The Big One, and New York Times’ Take Flight.

Riley_FranklinRiley Franklin—VR Artist, Legend 3D

Riley Franklin works as a CG Generalist at Legend 3D with a focus on texturing and modeling for VR environments. Riley specializes in bringing surreal and realistic settings to virtual life. With a background in fine art,
VR serves as a perfect platform to blend her technical and artistic skills. Riley is also a graduate of Gnomon’s Entertainment Design and Digital Production program.

Dane_SmithDane Smith—Producer

Dane is a Los Angeles-based Producer that has managed the delivery of over 100 film, TV, and emerging media projects. Dane recently completed the science-fiction narrative MR PORTER VR, which is available on Hulu VR. He maintains working relationships with an international database of artists and technicians, and he managed the global pipeline for Legend VR’s work on Cosmic Crusaders.

About the author

Daniel is the Industry Manager for ArtStation.