Pushing the boundaries of immersive content with the world’s best agencies and brands.
How a person ‘feels’ inside the VR world is the key to unlocking the true potential of the medium.
The technology and tools are important but at the core, it’s all about taking the audience on a journey.
Loving the work and helping our clients explore new possibilities for their audiences is an honor and our mission.
Journey with us as we push the boundaries of immersive storytelling and create experiences that truly do become memories.
Journey with us.
Matthew Celia CO-FOUNDER
| CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Matthew Celia is a passionate creative with over a decade of experience spanning technology, film production and entrepreneurial endeavors. Celia fuses his knack for crafting authentic narratives and technical prowess across all sectors of VR production to create compelling cinematic storytelling. His work has amplified the impact of immersive content for top brands and artists.
Robert Watts CO-FOUNDER | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Robert Watts is an early adopter of emerging technologies, and his diverse experience has spanned multiple sectors of entertainment including the agency, management and content development sides of the industry. At Light Sail VR he leverages his wide spectrum of creative and operational capabilities to craft premium-level narratives and characters that engage audiences and fulfill client needs. His ability to understand the innovative power of the immersive space has attracted a roster of top tier clients.
Alex Pearce Partner | Senior Creative Technologist
Alex oversees the technical side of Light Sail VR including virtual production, photo-real visual effects, 3D pre-visualization as well as augmenting 360 video and real-time game engine development efforts. Alex's many years of experience as an industry thought leader has enabled his success with major clients including Apple, Google, United Airlines, Kia, VMware and the NFL, to name a few.
Josh Helfferich Art Director
Josh brings his extensive creativity, deep expertise in art, design, and motion graphics, as well as a rich and diverse post-production skillset to our team. Hailing from Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Josh has been working in Los Angeles as an editor, director, and visual effects artist for over thirteen years. After joining Light Sail in 2020, he has worked tirelessly to ensure that everything Light Sail produces is not only high-quality but also visually stunning.
Dirk Wallace Director | Live Events
With over 25 years of video production experience, Dirk entered the VR/360 world in 2015, focusing on documentary style live-action captures and immersive broadcast livestreams. With a background in live network television, including MTV, and a decade directing concerts and livestreamed events in Asia, he offers a diverse skill set to Light Sail VR. Dirk is also enthusiastic about harnessing VR’s potential in education and prisoner rehabilitation, believing in its transformative power.
Kara Lancaster Immersive Video Lead
Kara Lancaster has, at some point, performed just about every job there is in film production. For over 15 years, she has been shooting and editing live performances and documentaries, directing music videos, and traveling the world many times over to give lectures, create, and share experiences. With past stints at The Planetary Society (developer of the LightSail satellite, our company's namesake) and the San Francisco Symphony, she finally found her home at Light Sail VR, where the emerging technologies surrounding immersive film and its inherent ability to connect people with unique experiences are perfectly suited to her passions and talents.
Mike Hodgetts Project Manager | Lead 3D Artist
Mike brings 20 years of knowledge and experience with Blender, in addition to a decade-long career in B2B sales and business development. This unique blend of skills allows Mike to not only know what our clients want, but how to achieve it at a technical level. As an expert 3D Generalist, he’s able to create photorealistic renders of anything clients could want, and being based in the United Kingdom means that work is being undertaken 24/7.
Alessio Marciello Virtual Production Specialist
Alessio's journey into the 3D realm began as he realized the immense potential of blending his storytelling prowess with the endless possibilities offered by computer-generated imagery. By combining his background in acting and directing with his technical skills, he has developed a unique ability to breathe life into characters, environments, and narratives. Though he specializes in Unreal Engine, he is a 3D and filmmaking generalist at heart.
Anthony Morales Information Technology Manager
With over a decade of experience, Anthony has managed and optimized multiple IT systems across the retail/restaurant and tech industries. His ever present curiosity and adaptability have allowed him to stay up-to-date with the constantly evolving tech landscape. He is a customer focused and versatile problem-solver. Born in Guatemala, Anthony grew up in Southern California, where he enjoys gaming and playing guitar in his free time.