Vancouver Film School's Game Design Expo to Take Place in January

Category: Student/School News
Vancouver, B.C. – The second-annual Game Design Expo & Open House, featuring some of the leading minds in video game design and development, will be held in Vancouver, B.C., on January 19 and 20, 2008, and hosted by Vancouver Film School (VFS), Canada's largest private post-secondary entertainment arts school.

Compared to last year's sold-out event, Game Design Expo 2008 event is bigger, with two days of lectures and panels by the designers, producers, and CEOs behind some of the biggest games of yesterday and today. Speakers from top companies such as Activision, BioWare, Eidos, EA, and Stormfront Studios will present topics ranging from the Console Wars to Digital Acting & Interactive Narrative to Game Audio. 
 
For those thinking about working in the game industry, the Game Design program at VFS will be holding a free day-long Open House event in conjunction with Game Design Expo 2008, with workshop classes and hands-on game demos.
 
Game Design Industry Expo                                        
Saturday, January 19th, 9:00am – 7:30pm                    
Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St.                                
 
Sunday, January 20th, 10:30am – 5:00pm
Vancouver Film School, 420 Homer St.
 
VFS Game Design Open House
Sunday, January 20th, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Vancouver Film School, 390 West Hastings St. 
                      
 
Last year's Game Design Expo & Open House was a success, attracting more than 500 game lovers who were treated to lectures by luminaries like Glenn Entis of Electronic Arts, and Eric Zimmerman of Gamelab.
 
Game Design Expo 2008 features an expanded schedule, and speakers and panelists include:    
Activision    
Carl Schnurr   
Senior Director – Game Design     
 
Backbone Vancouver    
Joe Bonar   
Studio Head     
 
BioWare Corp.     
Kevin Barrett   
Director of Design         
 
Ken Thain   
Cinematic Group Design Coordinator         
 
Steve Sim   
Senior Sound Designer         
 
Mac Walters   
Senior Writer     
 
Crystal Dynamics/Eidos Interactive   
Arnab Basu   
Associate Producer         
 
Jason Botta   
Senior Designer         
 
Riley Cooper   
Senior Designer     
 
EA    
David McCarthy   
Executive Producer - Fusion Business Unit     
 
EA Blackbox    
Charles Deenen   
Senior Audio Director     
 
Hothead Games    
Vlad Ceraldi   
Co-Founder         
 
Joel DeYoung   
Producer         
 
Ron Gilbert   
Design Consultant     
 
Next Level Games    
Douglas Tronsgard   
CEO         
 
Chad York   
Audio Director     
 
Propaganda Games   
John Holmes   
VP & Studio General Manager     
 
Radical Entertainment   
Kelly Zmak   
President     
 
Relic Entertainment   
Tarrnie Williams   
General Manager     
 
Stormfront Studios   
Don Daglow   
President & CEO             
 
Tickets to the Expo (on sale November 21, 2007, prices in Canadian dollars) are $80 for both days, $50 for Saturday, and $35 for Sunday.
 
Check www.gamedesignexpo.com for up-to-the-minute information, schedules, registration, and ticket sales. 
 
More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks, including a special keynote presentation. 
 
On Sunday, January 20, Game Design at Vancouver Film School will host a free Open House event aimed at providing a unique look inside the intensive one-year program. Visitors will meet Head of Department Dave Warfield, see demonstrations of student games, and experience workshop classes on such topics as Game Art, Level Design, and Sound Design and Music for Games, taught by expert VFS instructors. The Open House was booked to capacity last year, so those interested in attending are encouraged to register early.
 
Registration and event information are available at gamedesignexpo.com. 
 
Game Design Expo and its Event Partners G4TechTV, EA, CAEAA, Annex Pro, Crystal Dynamics, Radical Entertainment, Big Fish Games, Next Level Games, Metropolitan Hotel, and The Province are looking forward to another fantastic event.


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