Running your own Games Company Masterclass
Mark Jawdoszak is MD of Gaslight Games, founded in 2008 as a MOD team to develop an entry in the Epic Games and Intel Make Something Unreal competition. Gaslight Games changed focus in 2009 when the Get in the Game event opened its doors. With backing from Sony, Get in the Game gave independent video games developers the chance to pitch their concepts to the cream of the crop and potentially receive funding and support from the best at SCEE. In 2010, Gaslight Games developed their debut game Skin Ink and entered this into the Dare with Bamboo competition, run by Wacom – the Worlds largest art tablet manufacturer. Throughout 2011, Gaslight Games was published in notable magazines Making Games and EDGE, and gave workshops at the British Science Festival. Beyond developing their own titles, Gaslight Games creates 3rd party applications and technologies for a wide variety of aspects including martial arts and interactive marketing.
Dr Ben Kirman is a Lecturer in Interactive Media at TFTV and a member of the Digital Creativity Hub. His area of interest is in the application of gameful, playful and critical design in non-game contexts. This includes using games and other playful interventions to teach, critique, challenge and provoke. He’s especially interested in how games can create exciting or challenging new experiences at the edge of expectations and good taste, based on playing with technological and cultural norms. The BBC, New Scientist, Wired, Guardian, TIME, Metro and the New York Times have covered his work.
This event is only open to TFTV staff and students.
Visual Effects Masterclass
Eugénie von Tunzelmann is a visual effects artist, working on Interstellar, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and many others. Eugénie first worked at Framestore in the R&D department, working in film and television, and then moved to Double Negative in 2004, one of the world’s largest providers of visual effects for Film with facilities in London, Mumbai and Vancouver. She has specialised in volumetric fluid effects for a number of years, making steam on Batman Begins, magic effects on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and fire on Hellboy II: The Golden Army. She worked as crowd simulation supervisor on John Carter, for which she co-developed a crowd simulation system. More recently, Eugenie worked as FX Supervisor on Man of Steel, then as CG Supervisor on Interstellar, working with physicists and simulating black holes.
Dr Guy Schofield is a Lecturer in Interactive Media and Filmmaking at TFTV. He has worked as a freelance artist and designer, making work for (among others), galleries, games companies, festivals, record-labels and animation studios. From 2008, he also worked as a researcher in human computer interaction at Culture Lab, Newcastle before joining TFTV in 2015. His art practice has two main strands: narrative environments and the relationship of image to music in film and live AV performance. He makes videos, sculpture, installations, performances and software.
Alistair McDowall is a multi-award-winning and critically acclaimed young playwright who grew up in the North East of England. His plays include the hugely successful X (Royal Court, 2016), Pomona (National Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre 2015/Orange Tree Theatre 2014), Talk Show (Royal Court, 2013), Captain Amazing (Live Theatre, 2013) and Brilliant Adventures (Royal Exchange Theatre 2013) – winner of a Judges Award at the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. Alistair has previously worked with the Royal Court, Royal Exchange, Live Theatre, Paines Plough and the National Theatre Studio.
Dr Alison Peirse is a Lecturer in Writing for Screen and Stage at TFTV. Alison won a BBC WritersRoom/Ideas Tap competition for her script 'In My Skin', was selected for Channel 4's 4Talent scriptwriting strand, and trained in playwriting with High Tide Festival Theatre company at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre. She is also a script developer, working with a range of award winning writers, independent producers including Colin Vaines (Gangs of New York, Coriolanus) and Bekki Wray-Rogers (This is England ‘86, Four Lions, Utopia), production companies Origin Pictures and BBC Films, and funding bodies Screen Yorkshire and Northern Film and Media. She is script editor on forthcoming British horror film Dark Beacon, now in post-production.
Documentary Filmmaking Masterclass
Rehad Desai is a Documentary Filmmaker based on Johannesburg, South Africa. He has conceived and produced over twenty documentary films, many of which he has directed or co-directed. Six of these films have been feature length documentaries, produced with significant international participation and have received critical acclaim and wide festival take-up. His 2014 documentary, Miners Shot Down, has won a number of international awards. Rehad runs his own film and television company, Uhuru Productions, a wholly black-owned film and television production house based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The company has a wealth of expertise in the production and management of current affairs programming, documentaries, drama and non-broadcast productions in South Africa and Southern Africa. Rehad is committed to developing the quality of documentary and drama productions in the region so that local and particularly black filmmakers can make productions that are internationally competitive.
Dr David Hickman is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Production at TFTV. David has been writing, producing and directing single documentaries and series for broadcast television in the UK and internationally for the last twenty years. He is also a cinematographer, having worked on 16 and 35mm film, as well as a variety of video and HD formats – shooting drama and non-fiction. As producer of the Errol Morris-directed A Brief History of Time (Triton/Paramount Pictures), he won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1992, and the film (released theatrically worldwide) was judged one the ‘ten best movies’ of the year by, among others, Time Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. More recently he directed and series produced the Emmy Award-winning The Elegant Universe, adapted from Brian Greene’s bestselling book for Nova/WGBH in the US and Channel 4. David’s feature length documentary, Race and Intelligence: Science’s Last Taboo (Channel 4) won the prestigious Grierson Award in 2010 for best science documentary, and three films for the Al Jazeera series Slavery: A 21st Century Evil (2011), have just been nominated for an IDA (International Documentary Association).
Narrative Design Masterclass
Cara Ellison is a video game narrative designer and author. She has written for The Guardian, VICE, Kotaku, PC Gamer, Paste Magazine and the New Statesman, and was co-writer on Charlie Brooker’s How Videogames Changed the World (Channel 4). Her writing and game narrative work has been featured in The New York Times and Wired, and she was one of the Guardian’s Top Ten Young People In Digital Media 2014. In the same year, Cara successfully sought funding from Patreon for her "Embed with" series, in which she became an itinerant games journalist, travelling the world and writing about the lives and processes of games developers, culminating in the book Embed with Games: A Year on the Couch with Game Developers (2015). Cara wrote the text-based interactive fiction game Sacrilege, which The New York Times described as a "raw exploration of female sexuality that also includes some astute observations about male desire". She recently worked for Arkane Studios to develop the storyline for stealth action game Dishonored 2, due for release in November 2016.
Anna Bramwell-Dicks is an Associate Lecturer in Interactive Media at TFTV. Anna studied for an MEng in Electronic Engineering with Music Technology Systems and then specialised in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) with an MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies. She combined HCI and music for her PhD in Computer Science (University of York), which aims to understand whether we can improve performance at work with music, particularly with regard to computing tasks. She has worked on accessibility-focused HCI projects including the EU funded i2web project; and most recently the Innovate UK funded SoundTact project.
Content Creation Masterclass
Former founder of Indie Mobile and then MD of [PIAS] Media, Seth Johnson has spent more than a decade at the intersection of artists, brands and technology, where he has produced groundbreaking marketing campaigns for the likes of Skype, O2, Reebok, Gorillaz, Oasis, Thom Yorke, Katy Perry, Imogen Heap and 2ManyDJs. Following a management buyout, he founded tech-led creative agency Strange Thoughts in 2013.
Commissions have focussed on reinventing traditional brand promotion via digital schemes including, amongst other things, a unique body-scanning dome that incorporated particle physics to recreate the movement of atoms as people danced, a thought-controlled beer-pouring robot, and the creation of a customisable pocket spacecraft to enable a crowdfunded mission to the moon.
In addition, check out the agency’s work with ALT-J, a powerful music streaming app that allowed users to access the album through Google Maps: https://youtu.be/Kg0U6n0IHwo. You may also be interested in Strange Thoughts’ ‘beer and particle physics’ branding campaign for Desperados Beer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxYQeC7_YWA&feature=youtu.be
Davy Smith is a creative coder, designer and an interdisciplinary researcher across the Digital Creativity Hub and TFTV. He focuses on curiosity as a creative and exploratory process from both design centered and formal, algorithmic, viewpoints. After completing a BA(Hons) in Fine Art at the University of Leeds and an MRes in Digital Media at Newcastle University’s Culture Lab, Davy recently studied for a PhD in Media Arts Technology at Queen Mary University of London. His thesis centred on the development of intrinsically motivated algorithms in neuroevolutionary computation. Davy has also worked as a software developer in the creative industries, producing mobile applications for clients such as Tate. At DC Labs, Davy is researching the areas of interactive and non-linear narrative, and digital storytelling, particularly for their application to broadcast media.
Students, please note on the Strange Thoughts website that they are always looking for new staff: We have offices in Bristol, London & Milan. If you are a creator, mad-scientist, or general tech wizard, we'd love you to join our ranks.
Attending this masterclass, regardless of your degree subject, could be the beginning of an excellent career opportunity.