Morris May is the CEO and founder of Specular Theory, a Venice Beach, Calif.-based virtual reality content creation and technology lab. May has been a Hollywood visual effects expert for more than 25 years, working on 30+ films including two Academy Award winners: Spiderman II and Happy Feet. His VFX work has earned him numerous industry accolades including two Mobius Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. May is recognized as a leader in the VR community and received national media attention for his VR film “Perspective; Chapter 1: The Party” (by Morris May and Rose Troche), which premiered at Sundance 2015 and was one of the most talked-about virtual reality experiences of the festival. This year, May and Troche returned to Sundance as well as the Tribeca Film Festival with Perspective; Chapter 2: Misdemeanor, a relevant and timely look into interactions between police officers and citizens.
Specular Theory has won numerous awards and recognition for their thought-provoking and innovative work including the first-ever VR award at the 2016 Streamy Awards (Game Lab in 360) and their Perspective VR trailblazing original series which has been one of the most talked about pieces at the 2015 and 2016 Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. In 2017 Specular Theory won the Innov8 v-commerce competition presented by Walmart’s tech incubator Store No.8, recognizing the studio as one of the most innovative minds in VR. In 2018, Specular Theory won Best Branded/Commercial VR experience at the VR Fest Awards at CES for Behind The Style; an interactive VR fashion story.