Vermont Digital Arts- Boston Indies Feb 2011

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Elliott Mitchell and Dan Koniezcka of Vermont Digital Arts present at The Feb 2011 Boston Indies - Bootstrapping, Spin Spell & What’s Next. Spin Spell is a physics based 3D spelling game for iOS, Mac, PC and Web.

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  • Vermont Digital Arts- Boston Indies Feb 2011

    1. 1. Bootstrapping, Spin Spell & What’s Next Elliott Mitchell / Dan Konieczka
    2. 2. Vermont Digital Arts - Global HQ Know as VTDA Founded in 2008 HQ in Guilford, VT Power base Boston, MA A few milliseconds to telecommute 2.5 hours drivingThe Center of Game Dev Universe
    3. 3. Who Are We? - Primary PlayersElliott Mitchell Dan KonieczkaFounder - Artist - Vermonter Technical Director - Can do anything
    4. 4. Trained in Fine Art /Elliott Mitchell Digital Art Former 3D / Game Design Professor Founder of Vermont Digital Arts Co-founder NEDAG North East Digital Artist’s Group Co-founder of B.U.G. (Boston Unity Group) Networking Maniac
    5. 5. Trained in Fine Art /Dan Konieczka Digital Art Co-founder NEDAG North East Digital Artist’s Group Runs CG Society Lighting Challenge Freelance Lighting Artist for Doodle Pictures and LEGO Technical Art Rock Star
    6. 6. Honorable Mentions/ Alex Schwartz - UnityContractors Consultant Yilmaz Kiymaz - Unity Consultant Matthew Board - 3D Artist Kyle Crummrine - Concept Artist Tom Albreco - Illustrator William Young - 3D artist / animator K. Adam White - Web Designer
    7. 7. Business Partnerships/Advisors Chris Allen - CEO Infrared 5 / President Brass Monkey Jim Bull - CEO Brass Monkey Brad Porter - Great Eastern Technology Anzovin Studio - Rigging and 3D Animation
    8. 8. Employee of the MonthMaple - QA Specialist
    9. 9. What Do We Do?Hmmmm?
    10. 10. Vermont Digital Arts - Services Game development with emphasis on 3D and Unity Game programming 3D modeling, texturing and animation Lighting Character design Special FX for games and film
    11. 11. VTDA Timeline2008 Elliott grows a pair and decides to retire fromteaching and spend savings to do something in the 3Dworld - Founds Vermont Digital ArtsElliott learns of Boston Post-Mortem and Boston IndiesJuly 2009 Dan needs work and becomes a full-timeemployee of VTDA with a 6 month contractJuly 2009 Elliott is wondering if he is insane
    12. 12. VTDA Timeline2009 We decide iPhone market is sexy and “Thars goldout there”Unity and Maya become our tools of choiceWe just start working w/o truly having any more of aplan than global domination - Just start learning UnityBring on art contractors and begin to work oninfrastructure and communication for remote company
    13. 13. VTDA TimelineSummer 2009 We build a web based prototype inUnity (still under wraps) as practice and a good way tolearn what Unity is aboutFall 2009 we start working on Spin Spell - Our 3Dphysics based iPhone game - More on that to comeSpring 2010 GDC!!!!! - Meet David Helgason CEO ofUnity among many other important figures in thegaming community - Floodgates open
    14. 14. VTDA TimelineSpring 2010 PAX Party - Meet key client and goodfriend (for realz) - Chris Allen, CEO of Infrared 5 andPresident of Brass MonkeyFor the next year lots of contract work on many cool3D projects with Infrared 5 using Unity - Projectsranged from iPhone, iPad, Android Tablets, MMO-ishWeb, PC and Browser based gamesSummer 2010 - Co-founded B.U.G. with AlexSchwartz (Now infamous immigrant smuggler)
    15. 15. VTDA TimelineAfter GDC and the founding of B.U.G. industrycontacts mushroom and work flows - Sorry VC manSpin Spell (that game I said we’d talk later) issidetracked for many moons while we do contractwork - Ugh!Fall 2010 Scott twists my arm and “forces” me topublish the damn Spin Spell game for iPhone :) -Thanks Scott!
    16. 16. Spin SpellOur First In-house Game!
    17. 17. Wait - What is Spin Spell? Fully customizable Physics based spelling game where the player collects letters in order to spell words.
    18. 18. Spin Spell - Where It’s At! iPhone version on the market iPad version done and ready for market Some unforeseen surprises
    19. 19. Spin Spell iPhoneKey Features Runs on iPhone 3G Accelerometer driven Teaches kids to spell
    20. 20. Spin Spell iPhoneKey Features - Spelling List Creator Custom Spelling Lists Custom Word Lists Some pre-installed lists to start off with
    21. 21. Spin Spell iPhoneKey Features - Level Editor Play pre-installed levels Edit existing levels Make your own levels
    22. 22. Spin Spell iPhoneKey Features - Stimulating Game Play Learn to spell Hand-eye coordination Have fun while learning Creative level design
    23. 23. The Future of Spin Spell is Now
    24. 24. Beyond iDevices - Brass Monkey SDK As of this January we made an arrangement with Brass Monkey to broaden our market and I’m pleased to say I didn’t see it coming At CES we were one of six Brass Monkey enabled games to be showcased on the Game Time Media Table by Media Tile in Alcatel Lucent’s booth We were also in Barcelona in Alcatel Lucent’s booth Brass Monkey SDK allowed anyone with an Android or iPhone to control our game on the Game Time Media Table
    25. 25. Alternate Platforms Web browser - Brass Monkey PC - Brass Monkey Mac Store - Brass Monkey Android Smart Phones Android Tablets Windows Mobile 7?? Consoles?? iPad 2
    26. 26. Contact UsElliott Mitchell Dan Konieczkaelm@VermontDigitalArts.com kanooshka@gmail.comTwitter: @mrt3d Twitter: @kanooshkahttp://www.VermontDigitalArts.com http:www.DocKay.com

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