Campfire Union turns 4 today!
We started this out four years ago today, honestly without really understanding where we were going. We knew we had some skills we could use to bootstrap a company on service work while investing in research into new technologies, particularly VR and AR.
Fast-forward to today and we've done A LOT that we never would have imagined. We created the first VR board game (Lost Cities VR), which also happened to be the first 3rd party multiplayer game on the Oculus social platform. We created the Weaving a Better Future 360 video-based app in collaboration with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. We created well over a dozen experiments in VR too, from early experiments like Party Sketch 3D to newer ones like our xkcd VR comic maker.
But the thing that's been our passion for the past two years has been Flipside Studio, real-time animation software that transforms any Oculus Rift or HTC Vive setup into a complete virtual film set or TV studio.
Flipside has helped us produce shows like Earth From Up Here, where San Francisco comedian Jordan Cerminara plays an alien newscaster poking fun at us earthlings. It's now helping artists like Liam the Leprechaun become his Roblox character on his YouTube channel.
If you scroll past this post, you'll notice our updates have gotten few and far between on this blog. That's because we've started blogging on the Flipside Blog instead, since that is now 100% of our focus as a company. So that's where we'll be continuing to post updates moving forward. This website is probably going to become more of an archive of our past work, with all the new things happening over on the Flipside website.
It's been a crazy ride so far, and with Flipside Studio just about to move from closed alpha to open beta, it's only just getting started. Here's to many more years making the impossible a reality together!
The Campfire Union / Flipside Team
- by John Luxford