- Soma SoftWorks
Your one-stop shop for virtual production supportFormerly known as Code-Monkeys, we've been building bespoke technology and artistic solutions for our clients and colleagues since 2000.
We've built hundreds of websites, mobile apps, and custom software solutions for discerning clients such as Intel, MGM, Four Seasons, and more.
Soma SetWorks is also a sister company to Soma Games, a veteran and prolific game development company operating since 2008.
We're ecstatic to bring the worlds of video game development and media services together in the new and exciting world of virtual production.
Chris SkaggsFounder, COO, CTO and Co-owner of Soma SoftWorks and Soma Games, LLC, is the chief creative and technical officer at Soma SoftWorks, a Portland, OR based virtual production services studio and developer of PC, Console, and mobile video games since 2005. Chris began his work in high tech while serving in the US Navy with VAW-114 and continued through trade school and graduation from George Fox University with honors. His long history of blending the creative arts with technology has lead hm to create and produce a huge variety of cultural artifacts including graphic novels, music videos, songwriting, short stories and, of course, over 200 video games and apps deployed on most every platform available including Xbox, PlayStation, Steam, Alexa, and Oculus Rift. In addition to being a prolific creator Chris' technical innovation spans decades and was recognized by Intel as a Blackbelt Innovator in 2001, their highest award in the field. When he's not blending art and science Chris speaks and writes in places like GDC, SeriousPlay, GDC Next, IDF, Lion's Den, Casual Connect and many more.
Mr. Rande BruhnMr. Bruhn is a Certified Public Accountant (Oregon), holds a Masters degree (with academic honors) in Business Administration from the University of Portland (a Holy Cross affiliate of Notre Dame University) in addition to other professional certifications, and obtained a Bachelors degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Oregon’s Charles H. Lundquist College of Business. Following early career assignments in resource development, heavy truck manufacturing, and public accounting with Arthur Andersen, LLP (the largest accounting and consulting firm in the world at the time), Mr. Bruhn has spent the last 30+ years of his career primarily focused as an entrepreneur and investor in the entertainment and technology arena as well as with diverse companies in both commercial and military venues, in video game and other entertainment product development, in Aerospace, Software, Integrated Circuit and Laser Control design, and other related manufacturing fields. He has served in management and as an owner for both early and later stage enterprises, as well as in turn-around situations, for small companies as well as companies with annual revenues in excess of $100 million. Mr. Bruhn also has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions transactions. Mr. Bruhn has also been engaged in numerous community and philanthropic activities over many years.
Soma Setworks Exhibit
1:30pm - 5:00pmGuest Speakers - Film & Entertainment Pavilion
9:00am - 11:30am CST
- 9:00am - Production (XR Technology & Unreal Engine) - Featuring Soma SetWorks
- 9:30am - Venture Capital / Equity Crowdfunding
- 10:00am - Distribution & Streaming
- 10:30am - Marketing and AI
- 11:00am - The Gaming Industry
11:30am - 12:00pm CST - 30-Minute Networking
Film Pitch Companies - Film & Entertainment Pavilion
12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
1 hour dedicated to company pitches.
- 5 minutes each
- 5 min q&a
- 5 companies
1:00pm - 1:30pm CST - 30-Minute Networking
1:30pm - 5:00pm CST - Soma SetWorks Exhibit
- 1:30 - 2:00 : Introduction to Virtual Production and Soma SetWorks
- 2:10 - 2:40 : Demonstration of current, real-world VP set from napkin scratch to final pixels
- 2:50 - 3:20 : Discussion of the economics of VP (probably with our guest Ivan Hayden)
- 3:30 - 4:00 : Other applications of LED Screen Tech
- 4:10 - 5:00 : Open ended AMA / Q&A / Live demonstration