November 9, 2007

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

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:    
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     
David McCarthy   
Executive Producer - Fusion Business Unit     
EA Blackbox    
Charles Deenen   
Senior Audio Director     
Hothead Games    
Vlad Ceraldi   
Joel DeYoung   
Ron Gilbert   
Design Consultant     
Next Level Games    
Douglas Tronsgard   
Chad York   
Audio Director     
Propaganda Games   
John Holmes   
VP & Studio General Manager     
Radical Entertainment   
Kelly Zmak   
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 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 
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.