If you’re a fan of ‘Half Life,’ ‘Halo,’ ‘Unreal’ and ‘Gears of War’ to name a few, you won’t want to miss the Game Developers eXchange happening at The Savannah College of Art and Design on May 13, 2011 in Savannah, Georgia.
This year’s keynote speaker is SCAD graduate CJ Cowan (B.F.A., computer art, 1998), who is currently the director of cinematics at Bungie Studios, the creator of award-winning ‘Halo.’ Cowan was a cinematic designer on ‘Halo 2’ and directed the cinematics teams of ‘Halo 3,’ ‘Halo: ODST ’and ‘Halo: Reach.’

“GDX is a great opportunity for game admirers in the Southeast to interact with award-winning industry veterans to gain an inside look into the ever-growing world of game development, ” said Luis Cataldi, chair of the interactive design and game development department. “Topics this year will cover AAA game art, compelling game design, production best practices and more.”

Now in its seventh year, GDX brings together game development professionals, educators, students and game enthusiasts to share in the experiences of game development. Experts present a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the inner workings of the game industry as it continues to grow and mature. Speakers this year include:

Joe Halper, director of production at Virtual Heroes
Lina Song Halper, senior game programmer at Epic Games
Greg Foertsch, project art director at Firaxis Games
Chris Cherubini, lead artist at Respawn Entertainment
Navid Khonsari, owner at iNk Stories
Mark Behm, artist at Valve software
Lee Fraser, technical specialist at Autodesk

The conference offers a mix of sessions focusing on game art, design and production disciplines. Game art sessions focus primarily on visual aesthetics of game development. This includes visual storytelling through environment art, game cinematic crafting, visual experience crafting, interactive animation and more. Game design sessions will focus on the story, flow, pacing, interaction, rule sets, and gameplay mechanics that make up the gaming experience. The game production sessions will offer insights into the nuts and bolts of game development and what it takes to bring specific games to market.  

Registration for SCAD students and alumni is $45, and general registration is $60. For more information or to register for GDX, visit www.scad.edu/gdx.