Cinematic Game Secrets for Creative Directors and Producers: Inspired Techniques from Industry Legends

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Taylor & Francis, 2009 - Computers - 230 pages
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Create effective cinematography for your games with this film-based approach to creating cinematic games. Cinematic Game Secrets gives game producers, directors, and developers insight into how to make their games more cinematic. Game developers will learn how to create compelling video games by: developing quality stories and characters; visualizing scenes within the game through the eyes of a cinematographer; and using tried and true film industry methods for casting, voice-over, direction, and production.

Includes interview with luminaries and leading figures in the field such as Warren Spector (Founder, Junction Point Studios), Bruce Block (Author, The Visual Story), Ron Burke (Founder, GamingTrend), Bob Sabiston (Flat Black Films), Tom Buscaglia (GameDevKit.com), Daniel Erickson (BioWare), Jay Duplass (Director, The Puffy Chair), Ray Pena (Spacetime Studios), Richard Rouse III (Author, Game Design: Theory and Practice), Mathieu Raynault (Artist, 300, King Kong), Donise Hardy (C.S.A.), Patrick Hamilton (President, Wardog Studios), and Marc Schaefgen (Midway Games).

--Author, Rich Newman has worked in the film industry(Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Alamo) and video game industry (Midway Games) for over five years and knows how to make the most of the convergence of technologies.

--With examples from today's hottest game titles (courtesy of GamingTrend) to illustrate film techniques used in games, like the use of narrow focus in cinematography, or over-the-shoulder viewpoint style of viewpoint that makes the game have a documentary-like quality.

--Interviews, case studies, and helpful glossary of terms all included.
  

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Contents

Game Industry Primer
2
Incorporating Cinematic Skills
64
Creating Your Own Cinematic Project
160
Postmortem
209
Extras
211
Interview Credits
219
Bibliography
221
Glossary
223
Index
227
Copyright

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Rich Newman (Tennessee) has been investigating the paranormal for over ten years and is the founder of the group Paranormal Inc. He is also a filmmaker whose first feature film, a documentary called Ghosts of War, will be released in 2011. His articles have appeared in Haunted Times and Paranormal Underground. Learn more about his investigations at http: //www.paranormalincorporated.com.

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