Wednesday, September 12th at 3pm PDT (6pm EDT) and 4pm PDT (7pm EDT): Chat with visual arts and design gurus about passion, creativity and what matters to them most. Then, find out what goes into the production of games and machinima movies in a second Live Chat! Featuring Stuart Roch, Andrew Sega, Michael Verrette, Red Sky Foundry and Jason Choi.
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Stuart has been a part of the interactive industry for the past eleven years. He currently serves as executive producer managing a number of franchise properties at Activision. Stuart has shipped six games as an internal producer from Wild 9 on the PlayStation to Ultimate Spider-Man which shipped on multiple platforms. Outside of work Stuart is a rabid gamer who is both proud of his 20,000+ achievement points on Xbox Live and embarrassed of his addiction to massively multi-player online gaming.
Andrew Sega is Lead Designer and CEO at Diffusion Games, a newly-formed startup which focuses on exploring emotional and social aspects of interactivity. Previously a senior designer at Microsoft Game Studios, Andrew has been employed in the game industry for over 10 years, contributing to games like Freelancer, the Crusader series, and Conquest: Frontier Wars. He also has a strong audio background, composing soundtracks for titles such as Midway's Aqua Teen Hunger Force (PS2) and Unreal Tournament.
Michael Verrette has been in involved in the video game industry for the last eight years. He worked as both a producer and audio director on the Titan Quest franchise for Iron Lore Entertainment. Recently he has joined Harmonix as a producer on the upcoming title - Rock Band. Prior to working for Iron Lore and Harmonix, Michael was a audio engineer and composer for a Boston area production company where he did work on television, radio and independent film. He holds a Bachelors of Music degree in Performance and Sound Recording Technology from the University of Massachusetts.
The brothers Ryan and John Ebenger from Red Sky Foundry created "The Brothers Tauren" for Xfire's first WoW movie contest. It finished 3rd in the comedy category. They took things in a different direction for their second contest, The Axe Gamekillers Fan Film Fest. Using The Sims as their engine, the created the first place winner "The SIMple Strife." It won them first place and a $12,500 cash prize. With that money, they bought new equipment and went on to win first prize in the comedy category in the Xfire WoW Summer Movie Contest with "The Brothers Tauren 2".
Jason Choi, aka "Suhnder", is a machinima maker and the winner several machinima movie awards, including Best Overall in last year's Xfire WoW Summer Movie Contest with his amazing drama, "Edge of Remorse".