Who is Benjamin Bertram Goldman?
To some, he is a media executive, an award-winning producer who makes business out of entertainment, whether at a major TV network or a high-tech software corporation.
But that doesn’t capture the entire reality, because how do we then explain the superheroes? Or the uncanny resemblance to an early pioneer in the Metaverse who first went on TV in 1986?
No, it’s clear we don’t know the whole story of Benjamin Bertram just yet, but on this website you can find clues. You can read his writing, discover his work, and if you have something interesting to talk about, you might even be able to reach him directly.
In 2021 I was interviewed for a new book by Dr. Mark Van Rijmenam called Step into the Metaverse. In the book, I discuss the history of virtual worlds and what they teach us about the Metaverse. The book is published by Wiley and available as an ebook and in stores.
The film travels from the Hollywood Hills to the fields of a family farm to show how digital transformation is changing our world. Directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Michael Barnett (Changing the Game, Hulu). Written & Executive Produced by Benjamin Goldman.
If the Metaverse is a world-changing technology, we must do more to understand it. Fortunately, we already know a great deal about the Metaverse thanks to the rich history of virtual worlds. Originally presented at the Beyond Games Conference in November 2021.
Sequin AR is a virtual production studio on the forefront of the Metaverse, whose work ranges from bringing the Millennium Falcon to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade to rebuilding a Japanese nightclub in virtual space. I had the privilege of advising them on matters pertaining to the Metaverse from 2021 to 2022.
As games evolve from the box on the store shelf into the store itself, the business models for gaming have proliferated along with the potential ethical concerns. It's especially important we get ahead of these before the next generation of immersive media is realized in the Metaverse. Published in GamesIndustry.biz April 2021.
The transition from "human-computer design" to "user experience" reflected the evolution of computers as separate from the real world to computers becoming an intrinsic part of our world. The Metaverse describes the next stage in this journey: computers as portals to new worlds entirely. As of 2022, this has become one of the most widely read articles on the design and ethics of the Metaverse.
Squads is a documentary by InVision Films that explores how companies are adapting to a fast-changing world by rethinking the way teams work. For this film, we worked with the celebrated indie game composer Daniel Koestner to create a distincty uplifting and time-bending score.
Produced by Benjamin Goldman.
In 2007 I co-founded an organization whose mission was to make superheroes real. We inspired ordinary citizens to create their own superhero identities, then perform public acts of good while dressed as their superhero selves. For a while, Superheroes Anonymous became an international media sensation, inspiring thousands of people around the world into service—helping homeless, cleaning streets, rebuilding homes in disaster-struck areas, and countless other good deeds. Read the original story covering Superheroes Anonymous in the NY Times from October, 2007.
As a filmmaker I explore the intersection of design and technology. Some of the subjects I've filmed are listed below.
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The film travels from the Hollywood Hills to the fields of a family farm to explore how the digital transformation of our world is bringing design closer to the center of every business. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Michael Barnett, director of The Mars Generation (Netflix) and Becoming Bulletproof (Showtime). Written and Executive Produced by Benjamin Goldman.
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Squads is a new documentary film by InVision that provides an unprecedented look at the modern product team, or “squad,” and the growing movement to rethink the way we work so teams are better empowered to move fast and innovate.
The film features teams at nine trailblazing companies including Airbnb, Atlassian, Consensys, ING, YouTube, and others; and interviews with luminaries such as Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of agile framework Scrum, as well as Henrik Kniberg, creator of the Spotify squads model.
Written & Produced by Benjamin Goldman
When the sun sets, I transform into the host and creator of a mind-bending show about the evolution of video games into the metaverse called GAME NIGHT. The show is a sci-fi take on gaming that harnesses the power of 80s-era nostalgia to tell a story about where the future could go. Filmed entirely on retro technology, including an RCA camera from 1986 and edited from VHS.
In 2021, my collaborator Kyle Donley and I signed a deal with the short form streaming platform Rizzle to create a new horror microseries called Do Not Disturb. The 10 episode series follows the world's most popular game streamer, Zane Melrose, who one night is paid by a mysterious entity called METAVISION to stream their new immersive horror game DO NOT DISTURB. But as Zane will soon learn, the lines between virtual and reality are easily blurred.
As of 2021, the show has garnered over 200,000 views and generated over 30,000 subscribers. Do Not Disturb is a production of Metaverse TV.