I was fortunate enough to catch yesterday’s Innovative and Interactive panel at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. It was an exciting event, which I expected, and I got a lot out of it.
Newfoundland’s own Julie Lewis was joined by two film and digital media guest artists, Vali Fugulin and Gina Hara (of Geek Girls fame), on a panel moderated by Lisa Vatcher from Celtx, who have recently released their game narrative tool, Gem (full disclosure: I work for Celtx).
Listening to these folks talk about their work was really interesting and enlightening. They’re bringing diverse approaches to the intersection between art, film, games, and game culture, and I expect they’ll be groundbreakers in terms of bringing film and games, in particular, closer together.
One of my goals for Gamedev NL is to tap into our creative communities, and I had a chance to ask about what the panelists have found to work for that. It was fascinating to hear about their experiences, as well as feedback from the audience. I took a bunch of notes, which will feed into our work in the coming year.
Many thanks to all the participants, and a special thanks to Gina, who chatted with me about community building after the panel. I hope some of you will have a chance to learn more from and about these extraordinary women and catch some of the festival – especially their interactive programming – in future!
We’ll be at The Geek Bar at The Rock House Pub, 383 Duckworth, from 6-8PM this evening. Hope you can make it down!
October Event: Social at The Geek Bar!
Several members of our community are well into the proving stage of their businesses already, but for those who are still thinking about it (and for those building, really!), Startup Weekend is an opportunity to get out, meet others in the tech sector, prove out your idea, and generally have a business-driving good time.
Even if your own idea doesn’t make it past pitch night, the weekend can be valuable. You get to see how much can be accomplished in a short time, as well as learning what to think about in terms of audience and value when starting out.
Tonight at Jumping Bean on Elizabeth!
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The fine folks at Hacking Health are holding another café event tonight.
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This month, we’re going to hold a social meetup. We’ll gather at The Geek Bar at The Rock House Pub from 6-8PM this Friday, October 20th. Hope to see you there!
I had a chance to visit CNA’s Video Game Art and Design facilities on Sept 21st to meet and talk to the 2nd and 3rd year students there. What a great bunch! They’re already in full swing, and I had a chance to see and chat about some of their paper and video game prototypes.
There was a lot to learn for me, which is always nice – Mischief was a special treat for me, as one of the students was using its infinite canvas to do concept art mind maps. I thought that was a brilliant idea, and it’s got obvious perks in terms of being able to draw, show, and collaborate in an easy format.
Another group of students were telling me about their venture with a local media producer. I can’t overstate how impressed I am that these folks are already making things happen for themselves. Game development can be a tough go, but getting started early is the best and easiest curative for the difficulties involved.
I’m looking forward to seeing what these folks turn out in the next while. Definitely worth watch.
As they do every week, CTSNL are bringing all the hackers to the coffeehouse. Great place to talk shop while you eke out some prototypes.
Game programmers probably won’t want to miss this one, happening tonight! I’ll be there, look for me if you will as well!
I had a chance to visit our friends at SassyTuna a few days ago, and I was really impressed with what I learned. I’ve known them primarily for teaching kids art, but they also have music and game development classes, with up to 120 students attending their various programs, which is HUGE!
Ali, who was kind enough to guide me through their facilities, mentioned that Julie and some of the staff members also create advertisement games for businesses in the province, such as Fogo Island Run.
Really proud to see such a creative and innovative group of folks in our community. Hope we get to see you guys out and about soon!