The colors of Barry Sandrew, part 2
This is the second installment and conclusion of the colorful adventures of neuroscientist, digital colorization pioneer, animation innovator, 3D conversion trailblazer, producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, public speaker Dr. Barry Sandrew. In an attempt to osmose his success, the LA Animation Examiner poses additional queries about his vivid career path.
LA Animation Examiner: What are your immediate and long term goals with Legend3D and your other entertainment-oriented, entrepreneurial pursuits?
Dr. Barry Sandrew: I left Legend3D in the good hands of three extremely capable professionals: Matt Akey, CMO; Anthony Lopez, CIO; and my son Jared Sandrew, CCO/CTO. The guys are very busy right now with over two years of film backlog and with sufficient reserve capacity to expand to take on more. In addition, during the past year, Jared has been focused on a proprietary conversion process he invented that turns any 360 degree, 2D footage into the most immersive 3D virtual reality I've ever experienced. I believe this will become an exciting new vertical production pipeline for Legend3D. In fact, the most recent Legend3D 360 work has convinced me that virtual reality is a real product that could change our lives in many exciting ways.
As founder and equity holder, I continue to cheer Legend3D on to even greater achievement. I’m also involved in several for-profit and not-for-profit boards. I'm a Charter Member and member of the Board of Directors of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), which is the largest entrepreneurial organization in the world; I'm on the Board of Advisors of EvoNexus, the only pro-bono start-up incubator in the country; I was recently elected to the inaugural Board of Managers of the Los Angeles Chapter of The Visual Effects Society (VES); I continue to serve on the Board of Governors of The International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society; I'm a perennial 3D judge at Camerimage, the largest film festival in the world celebrating cinematography and the cinematographer. Additionally, I've served as Chairman of the Feature Film section of The Tesla Foundation Group, which endeavors to establish standards and best practices for the use of drones in filmmaking.
Finally, I’m in the process of assessing several new entrepreneurial endeavors that I expect will become my central focus for the next several years. More information on that will be disclosed in the near future.
LAAE: Does animation and visual effects play a part in your work with the Tesla Foundation? If so, how?
DBS: I got involved with The Tesla Foundation Group through my interest in the use of drones for feature filmmaking. Currently, it is illegal to employ drone technology in the US to shoot a movie, because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not yet developed regulations for its exploitation. In fact, there are only seven production companies that have exemptions for professional drone filmmaking. I believe the FAA’s failure to establish standards and best practices for drones in film production is driving more entertainment-related business and jobs out of this country. I helped the Tesla Foundation Group with, and participated in, their first Drone Expo in December (2014), and I drummed up support for the movement within the Hollywood community.
LAAE: What is your advice to others who aspire to follow in your multi-hued footsteps: scientist, producer, entrepreneur, public speaker, philanthropist?
DBS: Don’t get type cast into a career. Keep your eyes open for new opportunities that relate to your passions. Don’t be afraid to take on measured risks. Most important, when you’re starting out, network, network, network . . . and expect to pay your dues. Often, it is necessary to accept unpaid internships for experience and new contacts. Another way of building a network is by joining non-profit organizations that relate to your pursuits. Successful professionals frequently join non-profits for both personal or business marketing and for giving back [to the community]. By becoming a highly visible member of key non-profits, you'll likely be doing something positive to help others, and in the process, you'll be benefiting your career in many diverse ways. Finally, be aware of and learn how to exploit quality professional social media like LinkedIn.com to further expand your professional circle.
LAAE: Thank you for your time, insight, and advice, Barry. In terms of your accomplishments, there is no gray area. You are not only the Superman of American movie preservation, you are a career chameleon! It will be a pleasure to chart your progress as you conquer additional fields in the near future.