Press Release – New Office


ATLANTA, January 15, 2017 – Atlanta-based virtual reality agency Foundry 45 recently announced it will be moving to Atlanta’s new technology hub for creative media, film and immersive technologies. The company has set up shop on the 2nd floor of Georgia State University’s Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII), which is located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta right next to Woodruff Park.

Georgia State’s goal is to foster a collaborative environment where local businesses can tap into the new talent entering the creative media markets. The facilities offer partners cutting edge spaces to build, develop, and hone their creative skills. Foundry 45 is one of the first businesses to sign with CMII. Going forward, they will be joined by other innovative companies engaged in the audio, video, film and extended realities spaces.

“CMII is an ideal partner for digital media and creative industry enterprises working with the latest tools and technology,” states Elizabeth Strickler, Director of Media Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CMII) at Georgia State University. “The institute offers training in emerging technologies such as 360-degree filmmaking, virtual and augmented reality, gaming concepts, esports, and motion capture. We’re thrilled to have Foundry 45 as one of our in-house creative ventures in residence as they will enrich our efforts of building a national model for media entrepreneurship and collaborating with partners to better serve our diverse student body.”

Due to widespread awareness of virtual and augmented reality technologies in 2017, Foundry 45 along with a number of partners in the Atlanta community have experienced an increase of VR-enabled, room-scale corporate training and marketing projects. Outgrowing its space in Grant Park, the CMII facility in downtown Atlanta provides the team a unique and exciting space for future growth, collaboration and a direct path to new talent.    

“We have been looking to expand our office beyond Grant Park for some time now and when we found out what Georgia State was doing, we had to jump in,” states Dave Beck, Managing Partner of Foundry 45. “The facility is amazing. From the huge NanoLumens screen when you first walk into the lobby, to the motion & volumetric capture studio, to the dedicated room-scale virtual reality rooms, it’s the perfect space to collaborate, develop, and show off our VR work. The large co-working space also allows us to scale up our workforce as we grow.”

 

ABOUT CMII (Creative Media Industries Institute)

The Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) has three core missions. First, the institute organizes advanced technology media and arts training so Georgia State students are prepared to start careers in the entertainment and information industries. Second, CMII is building a model to nurture media entrepreneurs. Third, the focus is on industry collaboration – especially concentrated on the film and TV production, music industries and game design sectors – to generate research and economic development.

 

These three missions connect to the new CMII media content creation center and each is the focus of one of its three floors. CMII faculty members have deep and broad experience in the creative industries and they share their knowledge and industry connections with students. Formal partnerships to accomplish CMII goals are set in motion with regional media companies and educational partners, including the Georgia Film Academy.

 

ABOUT FOUNDRY 45

 

Foundry 45 is The Business VR Leader. The company creates immersive Virtual Reality (VR) experiences for several platforms including HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, iOS Cardboard Headsets, Android Cardboard Headsets. Foundry 45 helps businesses build VR tools for training, sales & marketing, and recruiting efforts. Foundry 45 also partners with existing video production studios, advertising agencies, and other content creators to serve as their VR technical consultants and development partner.

 

To learn more about Foundry 45, please visit www.foundry45.com.

Foundry 45 Holiday Party at CMII

Foundry 45 hosted its first annual holiday party on Tuesday, December 12th! Thanks to everyone who joined us for drinks, music, and to celebrate our office move to the Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) in Downtown Atlanta. Y’all made this a truly special event!

The festivities took place on CMII’s top-level floor, a beautifully laid-out space for getting together and mingling. It also provides access to an outside patio area, and despite the cold temperature, our guests had the opportunity to enjoy the Atlanta skyline at night…including augmented reality, HoloLens enhancements.

VR Experience | Foundry 45

Our Foundry 45 team further sweetened the experience for our guests last night not only with a fully stacked bar and buffet, but also by giving people the unique opportunity to get some firsthand VR experience. We set up one of our VR training programs as well as an interactive, VR enabled snowball fighting game.

Below we’ve compiled some additional impressions from last night’s event.

Foundry 45 Holiday Party

Foundry 45 Holiday Party

Foundry 45 Holiday Party CMII

A big shoutout also to CMII and Georgia State staff who’ve been very supportive of our partnership and the planning of this very special event for us! Our entire team looks forward to an exciting and successful future at CMII!

ABOUT FOUNDRY 45

Foundry 45 is The Business VR Leader. We create immersive Virtual Reality (VR) experiences for mobile platforms including HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, iOS Cardboard Headsets, Android Cardboard Headsets. Foundry 45 helps businesses step into their brand story by using dynamic 360-degree video and VR app creation. Our marketing and recruiting approach captures customer experience desires and emphasize product value. We also partner with existing video production studios, advertising agencies, and other content creators to serve as their VR technical consultants and developer shop.

To learn more about Foundry 45, visit us at www.foundry45.com.

For Immersive VR inquiries, contact Managing Partner:

Dave Beck, dave@foundry45.com.

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A First Look at Georgia State’s New Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII)

Yesterday, our entire Foundry 45 team had the great pleasure of participating in the grand opening of the new CMII space at Georgia State University. This interdisciplinary facility in the heart of Downtown Atlanta will provide unique opportunities for research, for learning, and for collaborative work. We wholeheartedly support this major initiative of Georgia State University to support the rapidly growing media industry in the city of Atlanta.

In this quick post, we’d like to share a couple of cool things we saw.

 

INTERACTIVE NANOLUMENS SCREEN IN THE LOBBY:

The lobby sports a giant digital screen that can serve various functions for testing, presenting, and building digital creative content.

CMII Grand Opening NanoLumens Screen

NanoLumens screen at CMII

ROOM FOR COLLABORATION:

We really liked the openness of the second floor. It gives you a sense that this space invites collaboration.

CMII Grand Opening GSU TV Interview

Foundry 45 speaking with GSU TV

CMII Grand Opening Second Floor

Ample room for collaboration on the second floor

CMII IS A NEXT-GEN CREATIVITY LAB:

We were impressed how this building brings together advanced technology digital and audio production, virtual and augmented reality labs, and media maker and entrepreneurship facilities that support research, experimentation, and creative work.

CMII Creative Workshop

Creative workshop at CMII

ROOM 214:

This was actually one of our favorite spots today. Some very interesting work is about to start happening here. Stay tuned to find out more…

CMII Grand Opening 214

Room 214 – Excitement coming soon.

ABOUT FOUNDRY 45

Foundry 45 is The Business VR Leader. We create immersive Virtual Reality (VR) experiences for mobile platforms including HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, iOS Cardboard Headsets, Android Cardboard Headsets. Foundry 45 helps businesses step into their brand story by using dynamic 360-degree video and VR app creation. Our marketing and recruiting approach captures customer experience desires and emphasize product value. We also partner with existing video production studios, advertising agencies, and other content creators to serve as their VR technical consultants and developer shop.

To learn more about Foundry 45, visit us at www.foundry45.com.

For Immersive VR inquiries, contact Managing Partner:

Dave Beck, dave@foundry45.com
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