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VE Society and ACM SIGGRAPH LA Panel Address Evolution Of Audience

The Evolution Of Audience Experience In Games And Film (March 15, 2006)

The Visual Effects Society (VES) and the Los Angeles Professional Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH have announced they are jointly sponsoring the event, "Experiential Narrative in Games and Film" which will take on the issues of how to keep an audience engaged and participating.  Big effects, big action, big humor are no longer enough. They demand an experience. They want to be involved. The interactive entertainment community holds the promise and gift of experience-based storytelling. Filmmakers and game designers should work together to create a seamless experience where one medium informs and enriches the other. This convergence will combine the emotion and drama of film with the interactivity of video games to create stories in which we can participate as well as watch.

"These are issues that must be addressed, because audiences are too sophisticated to accept nothing beyond spectacular scenes," explains Eric Roth, Executive Director of VES.  "In games and in film, we've seen images beyond belief, but if the audience isn't caught up in the story, they aren't involved.  It's what makes the difference between success and failure in these industries, and that effect on bottom-line business is part of this evolutionary process."

The panelists include a Who's Who of both gaming and film: David Goyer, writer and director, The Invisible, Batman Begins, Blade Trilogy, Dark City; Tom Desanto, executive producer, Transformers, X-Men 1, 2; John Gaeta:  visual effects supervisor, Matrix Trilogy; David Jaffe,  game designer, God of War, Shadow of the Colossus, Twisted Metal; Habib Zargarpour, game designer, Need for Speed; and Richard Taylor, cinematics director at Electronic Arts. 

"Experiential Narrative in Games and Film" will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2006 at the Digital Cinema Laboratory at the Pacific Hollywood Theater, 6433 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028.  The event begins at 10:00am with a social hour followed by the panel discussion from 11:00am to 1:00pm. 

Members of either the VES or LA SIGGRAPH are invited free of charge.  Non-member tickets are available for $15.00.  Please email staff@visualeffectssociety for reservations and information.


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