California Rex

Los Angeles CA



Ashley Pinnick

Antonio Chang



Cody Conrad

Odell Atkinson


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Who is California Rex?

California Rex is a creative studio in Los Angeles making video games and virtual reality made up of Ashley Pinnick & Antonio Chang.

About Ashley & Antonio

Ashley has a background as an artist and designer, and Antonio as an award-nominated visual effects artist. Depending on the day, either of them may be writing, modeling, coding or eating pizza (if it's one of those days). Outside of California Rex, their clients include Walt Disney Studios, ABC Television, Paramount Studios, TIFF, Lucasfilm, and Sony Pictures. Ashley is also the co-founder of VRG and teaches kids about making VR at her alma mater, ArtCenter College of Design.

About Dead Bug Creek

Dead Bug Creek is a virtual reality adventure game. Ashley and Antonio debuted the game in September 2015 at Siggraph's inaugural VR Village. The prototype was praised for its story and exploration mechanics, featuring fully animated 3D characters who lead the player on their mission to find "The Ultimate Prize." The final game is scheduled for release early 2017, launching first on Playstation VR, then later on in the year for PC headsets.

During development, Ashley's partner in creating the game's signature music and voice acting, Cody Conrad, took his own life. Dead Bug Creek is dedicated to Cody and his legacy, whose spirit and contribution to the game are immeasurable.


Indie Spotlight: Exploring the Absurd World of Dead Bug Creek VR

- Jonathan Nafarrete, VR Scout

Dead Bug Creek First Impressions

- VRGamesFor

VR Spotlight: Dead Bug Creek

- Shane Miles, Blot Gaming

I lost my friend, but his voice and music live on in my game

- Ashley Pinnick, Engadget

'Citizen Kane' to 'Call of Duty': The rise of video games in universities

- Jess Conditt, Engadget