The Los Angeles Professional Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH and the Visual Effects Society are collaborating for “Experiential Narrative in Games and Film,” to be held this Saturday, March 25th. Featuring such speakers as Jonathan Ackley, Tom DeSanto, John Gaeta, David Goyer, David Jaffe, Richard Taylor and Habib Zargarpour, the event will explore the interaction filmmakers and game designers may enact to enhance the two entertainment mediums. More details on “Experiential Narrative in Games and Film” may be found with the click of:

The Los Angeles Professional Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH and the Visual Effects Society Present:
“Experiential Narrative in Games and Film”

The story business is confused. The audience is uninvested and noncommittal. They want more. Big effects, big action, big humor aren’t enough. They demand an experience. They want to be involved. The interactive entertainment community holds the promise and gift of experience-based storytelling. Filmmakers and game designers should work together to create a seamless experience where one medium informs and enriches the other. This convergence will combine the emotion and drama of film with the interactivity of video games to create stories in which we can participate as well as watch. How? What? When? Where? – these are the questions we will pose to a panel of leading filmmakers and game designers. What is the model and how are we going to build it together?

Jonathan Ackley, Senior Technical Staff, Walt Disney Imagineering R&D
Tom DeSanto, Executive Producer, X-Men and X-Men 2
John Gaeta, Visual Effects Supervisor, The Matrix trilogy
David Goyer, Writer/Director, Batman Begins and Blade trilogy
David Jaffe, Game Director, Sony Computer Entertainment America
Richard Taylor, Cinematics Director, EA LA (moderator)
Habib Zargarpour, Senior Art Director, EA Vancouver
For speaker bios, go to LA SIGGRAPH’s official website.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

10:00 -11:00 A.M. Social Hour – Continental Breakfast and Beverages
11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. Panel Discussion

Digital Cinema Laboratory
at the Pacific Hollywood Theatre
6433 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

The event is free to LA SIGGRAPH members and/or VES members and $15 for non-members. New members of LA SIGGRAPH who sign up on-site and pay the $35 annual membership fee (checks or cash only) do not have to pay the $15 fee. Anyone can join LA SIGGRAPH and LA SIGGRAPH encourages new members. For membership information, please visit LA SIGGRAPH’s official website.

Special thanks to:
Loni Peristere, Meeting Producer
Jeffrey Chan, Meeting Producer
Eric Roth, Executive Director, VES
All the members of the LA SIGGRAPH Executive Council and volunteers.