During end of October and first days of November 2012, I had the pleasure to be invited to support the coverage of Learning Games Expo and Viborg Animations Festival (thanks to Emil Kjaer for making it possible), both events held in Viborg (Denmark) and organized by The Animation Workshop, one of the most important animation schools worldwide. They were really interesting, full of innovative and brilliant people. In this post I want to summarize the work The Gamer Inside developed there.
Viborg Animations Festival 2012.
At the Animations Festival, the audience was delighted with some really inspirational lectures, which I had the pleasure to film and also published two of them on The Gamer Inside Youtube channel:
As headteacher, Richard Gerver transformed one of England’s worst-performing institutions to class head of the class through a consistent focus on leadership, creativity and innovation. Education Guru Ken Robinson has highlighted him as an academic beacon, and Gerver is a sought after speaker and advisor at companies, institutions and the British Government. Gerver talks about the digital generation and the future of education. How do we use the creativity and energy that kids have?
George Mc Bean has been nothing less than 36 years working and researching on Health and Social Development, he is a film animator and illustrator, born in Scotland in 1948. He recently retired as Head of UNICEF’s Graphic’s section dealing with Animation for Children’s Rights. His research into Visual Literacy among rural populations in Nepal has been highlighted in the New Internationalist and was described in the book ‘People Pictures and Power’, Bob Linney 1991 – Macmillan-Talc) as “the most important visual literacy study ever done”. His illustrations and comic books on themes of Health and Social Development have been produced in mass numbers in several countries. He has given talks on his work at Stanford University, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was key to forming one of UNICEF’s most successful partnerships with more than 100 animation studios worldwide (Including Disney, Pixar, Warner Bros, Dreamworks, Hanna Barbera, Cartoon Network etc. See link). His designs and animated film productions have been distributed world-wide by the United Nations.
Learning Games Expo 2012.
The event was celebrated from 1st to 4th November, and there I found really diverse projects and not only Danish, also some companies from other northern countries were participating. From mobile games, audiogames, serious and experimental games, even a videogame creation workshop! Here you will find a list with the interviews I did there, all of them accompanied with some cool pixel art sequences from our Pixel Artist Bakir Khawam and the main tunes from our musician Jonathan Hall, the video covers art has been designed by Isaac Garabito. Something to remark is also the retro-style map crafted from scratch by Bakir for this occasion:
Below you will find a list of all the exhibitors we could interview at the event, but to give you a fast access to each one of them, we created this short “video menu” with links to other videos: