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Friday, October 30 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Writing in a Matrix: Storytelling through Video Games

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While film and television will never disappear, new storytelling media have created a vibrant new world full of opportunities for storytellers who are willing to think outside the frame. Video games of various styles on platforms from console to mobile, interactive fiction, virtual reality, augmented reality, digital graphic novels, and other exciting, emerging media allow storytellers to not only find new audiences but also experiment with new forms and techniques. Times haven't been this new and exciting for storytellers since the invention of television, and the experienced multiple media creators on this panel will discuss the creative opportunities and challenges of this new media.  

Moderators
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Jillian Apfelbaum

VP Content, Imperative Entertainment
Jillian is the Vice President of Content at Imperative Entertainment where she focuses on the development of original and branded entertainment across all media including film, television, video games, books, comics, and new media. In addition to recently announced features with Ruben Fleischer and Black List scribe Zach Dean, she optioned the New York Times-bestseller Circling the Sun by Paula McLain... Read More →

Panelists
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Shanon Ingles

Writer, Telltale Games, Writer, Electronic Arts; Narrative Designer, Galxyz (Video Game)
Shanon is a video game writer, designer and copywriter living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Last year, she wrote and designed a narrative-driven educational game for kids called Galxyz. Her 15 year career has encompassed every kind of writing -- from journalism, advertising, screenwriting, to game writing at companies like Electronic Arts, 505 Games, Sony, and NBC Universal. She earned a B.A. in cognitive psychology from... Read More →
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Elias Madias

writer Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Elias Madias is a writer who has worked with the company Sleep Deprivation Lab as a script doctor on a number of AAA console games, the most recent being award-winning Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.   Previously, he worked in features in the family genre for multiple studios including Disney Feature Animation, Universal, and 20th Century Fox.  He has signed so many NDAs he’s unsure if he can even reveal his middle name in... Read More →
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Justin Sloan

Writer, Telltale Games; Author, Creative Writing Career
Justin Sloan is a video game writer, novelist, and screenwriter. He has written on how to take your writing from hobby to career in such books as Creative Writing Career and its sequel, and on how veterans can pursue their creative passions in his book Military Veterans in Creative Careers. Justin studied writing at the Johns Hopkins University MA in writing program and at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's Professional Program... Read More →
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Gary Whitta

writer After Earth, The Book of Eli, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
GARY WHITTA is best known as the writer of the Denzel Washington post-apocalyptic thriller THE BOOK OF ELI, and co-writer of the science-fiction adventure AFTER EARTH, starring Will Smith. He has worked on a number of high-profile feature film projects, including the live-action adaptations of AKIRA and WARCRAFT. Most recently he served as a writer on the upcoming Star Wars movie ROGUE ONE, and the TV series STAR WARS REBELS. He is... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

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