LSU in Baton Rouge will sponsor a Digital Media Education Forum on Nov. 1 and 2, plus a Screenwriter Story Development Workshop on Nov. 3 and 4.
According to a press release, "the Forum will involve lectures and roundtable sessions that will allow collaboration and brainstorming between representatives of industry and faculty and administrators from universities. In addition, there will be an opportunity to share curricula, and curriculum plans with industry leaders and academic experts."
Basically, if you're keen on the gaming industry or you're an animator, you need to go to this forum to, at the very least, make some contacts. It will take place at the Lod Cook Conference Center.
Raquel Benitez, President, Comet Entertainment, Inc.
Susan Gold, GarageGames, Chief of International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Education Framework
Philip Holt, General Manager Electronic Arts - Tiburon
Dan Kelly, Sparter, and formerly THQ Games
Jason Leigh, Director, Electronic Visualization Laboratory
Carman Llanos, COO Comet Entertainment
Peter Raad, Founder and Director, The Guildhall at SMU
Hans Rijpkema, Lead Technical Director Rhythm & Hues Studios
Dawn Rivera-Ernster, Director Talent Development, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Barbara Slade, Walt Disney Development, United Kingdom
Barry Weiss, Senior Vice President, Sony Imageworks
Chris Williams, Director of Animation Program, University of Teesside, Animex International Festival of Animation and Computer Games
Registration is $125. For more information, log on to http://www.cct.lsu.edu/dme/ or call (225) 389-7182 to speak with Stacey Simmons or Amanda Liddell at the Baton Rouge Area Digital Industries Consortium.
The screenwriters' workshop will be hosted by Barbara Slade, a Disney Development Executive who has credits with Nickelodeon, Disney, ABC and Fox. It will take place at the Shaw Center for the Arts.
Workshop space is limited to 20 participants, and the registration fee is $195. For more info, call (225) 389-7182.