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June 14, 2021 – June 18, 2021

Monday, Wednesday, Friday | June 14, 16, 18 | 1-3 p.m. PT

Instructor: Ian Levesque

Location: Online

Experience the unique process of developing a game in a collaborative class meant for teens. Participants will work as a part of a team to create characters, assets, and plans for a first-person, interactive game, using your medium of choice. Will you design the walls and furniture, animate an enemy, or plan out the level? Participants will leave with a build of the game and a perspective on indie game development.

Assign roles, create the ‘game book’, game goal and design including level design, and setting the scope back. The first day will be spent preparing for production. We’ll divide the work among the artists, organize our thoughts and start downloading and setting up tools and programs for the work pipeline.

Asset creation starts here. Animations, User interface graphics, textures, objects, and animations. This will be the most laborious day and may spill into the next day depending on time. Audio sourcing or recording if time permits.

Testing, wrap-up, bug fixing, refinement, and packaging. The last day is spent culling the ideas that won’t make it, and implementing what works.

Date: Monday, Wednesday, Friday | June 14, 16, 18 | 1-3 p.m. PT
Tuition: $180
Ages: 12 years – 19 years

Instructor: Ian Levesque

Ian Levesque is a stop-motion animator dabbling in indie-game development. He’s been excited about sharing the rewarding process of animation with artists for as long as he was able to. He spends his time working on his personal videogame projects and playing with his rats.



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